The Wellington Identity and Values

What do we want Wellingtonians to be and to become? These five characteristics describe the Wellington identity.


We want Wellingtonians to have been genuinely excited by everything they have done during their time at the College. They will have developed a zest for life so that they, in turn, go into the world ready and able to inspire others. This is the core pillar of the Wellington Identity.

The Wellington Identity and Values


Wellingtonians must move into the world with the ability to think critically and to engage in deep learning. They will be able to study beyond the bounds of any curriculum, to be inquisitive and ask questions of everything around them, and be imbued with a life-long love of learning.

The Wellington Identity and Values


Wellingtonians will develop the personal, cognitive, social and study skills to enable them to cope with the challenges of university and their lives beyond. They will adapt, cope and thrive within an ever-changing world. This will be reflected in our academic curriculum, our co-curricular programme, our commitment to the coaching philosophy, and our continued focus of character development and leadership.

The Wellington Identity and Values


The aim of a Wellington education is to allow pupils to develop themselves fully in every sense, knowing that interested children become interesting adults. The pastoral care and focus on pupil wellbeing at the College will value each and every pupil as a unique individual. The journey to individuality will also be reflected in the broad curricular and co-curricular opportunities, where very pupil discovers and develops fully their talents, passions and interests, knowing that interested children become interesting adults.

The Wellington Identity and Values


Wellingtonians will leave the College, not in a bubble of elitism, privilege and exclusivity, but with the moral values and social conscience to serve others and do good in life. This inclusivity includes a strong pride in coeducation, and a commitment to internationalism through the IB and a service programme unrivalled in schools.

The Wellington Identity and Values



In April 2010, the whole Wellington College community voted to adopt five values to help put wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. By collectively upholding these values, we will make the experience of living, working and studying at Wellington College one that enhances and enriches life. We have our own set of personal values and the five Wellington values are not intended to supplant those. However, when we act in the name of Wellington, we will uphold these five values above all others. Whether pupil, early years’ educator, administrator or Head Master, the five core values of being a Wellingtonian are Courage, Respect, Integrity, Kindness, Responsibility.



The ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. To take calculated risks in the pursuit of goodness.


A positive feeling of esteem for a person, group, entity or quality, resulting in acting with fairness. This can include self-respect which involves not compromising one’s values just to gain approval from others.


Consistency and authenticity. Acting in consort with one’s values or beliefs.


Showing consideration for others and acting selflessly for their benefit


Being reliable, dependable and accountable for one’s conduct. Fulfilling a duty. Acknowledging the need to serve communities in which we operate.