Wellington College in the UK was founded by Queen Victoria in 1859 as the national monument to Britain’s greatest military figure, the Duke of Wellington, who also served the country with distinction twice as Prime Minister. Queen Victoria herself remarked that the Duke of Wellington was “the GREATEST man this county has ever produced”. The school was dedicated to be, and indeed has become, a living monument to the Duke of Wellington in perpetuity. Thus the story of Wellington College began.
158 years later the College is one of the most respected schools in the United Kingdom and also one of the greatest educational institutions, pioneering, innovating and transforming education for girls and boys. In the past decade alone, this vibrant and popular co-educational school has reached new heights among this rapidly changing interconnected world we live in today.
During this time the school has taught and educated thousands of pupils – or as the school names them Old Wellingtonians or (OWs) – and they have been fervent supporters of the school over the years, with continuing contact and presentations being undertaken by the OWs; this is a truly unique school of the 21st century. Continuing links with the British Royal family also remain strong, with HRH Queen Elizabeth and her husband, HRH Prince Phillip, regularly visiting the College. Few schools have such deep ties with history, and such a proud heritage.