The Wellington Values and Identities

Whenever we meet with families, we always spend some time talking about the Wellington Values and the Wellington Identities. Why do we do this? It is because these words form the very core of everything we aspire to do at Wellington College International Hangzhou. The Wellington Values and Wellington Identities form the common language that you will see, hear and feel at all Wellington College schools around the world. You will hear them spoken about in classrooms, in assemblies, in meetings with parents, in lesson planning time and throughout the halls and sports pitches. It is our desire that every member of the Wellington College International Hangzhou community will know about and be able to explain the Wellington Values. Parents and staff should be able to model them and explain them to the very youngest Wellingtonians through to the oldest. Pupils should discuss them together and demonstrate them in all they do.

When pupils leave Wellington College International Hangzhou, they should truly model and embody the Wellington Identities, as these are our truest measure of success. Whatever an Old Wellingtonian will proceed to do in life, they should always be proud of their time at Wellington and should remember their time fondly as that point in their life when they learned to live and breathe the Wellington Identities.

Before looking at each of the Wellington Values and Identities in detail, we must first begin with the College vision. Everything we do at Wellington College International Hangzhou will be guided and inspired by this vision:

We aspire to create a caring, international community that develops well-rounded individuals with strong values and the skills and identity to thrive within an ever-changing world.

We understand that the world is rapidly changing. We cannot predict what the future will look like for our children. However, by forming a caring community around our children and providing a wide range of academic and co-curricular opportunities, we can support them to develop strong valuesembody the Wellington Identities, and develop the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. A holistic education means more than academic success. It means building a tool-kit of skills (critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, team-work, confidence, presentation skills, musical & artistic ability, sporting prowess and more) that Wellingtonians can rely on to help them not only adapt to change, but thrive in the face of it.

The Wellington Values

The Wellington Values will continue to underpin the conversations we have with pupils. Whether this is through daily conversations with pupils, the messages we provide at assemblies, the terminology forming the heart of our rewards and sanctions at the College – the Wellington Values encapsulate how we want Wellingtonians to be. We start looking for the Wellington Values in our pupils before they are offered a place at the College. It forms an element of our admissions process, and we hope that the Wellington Values will be role-modeled by all members of the community, including staff and parents.

The Wellington Values are;

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

Respect: 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.

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

Kindness: showing consideration for others and acting selflessly for their benefit.

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

The Wellington Identity

Whereas the Wellington Values are sought in Wellingtonians before they even join the College, and will be reinforced and communicated throughout their time as pupils here, the Wellington Identities are what we want all Wellingtonians to be and to become. We hope that as they leave the College as Old Wellingtonians, all our pupils will be role-models of these five characteristics, which 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.


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.


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 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.


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 A-Level and a service programme unrivalled in schools.