"We have enjoyed our time in Benson House. We enjoy the social life, getting together each week, making new friends, talking, playing pool. It has helped our confidence in English- especially spoken. We have great facilities in our rooms and in the recreation room.  Every weekend, we get to organise house trips- skiing, ice hiking or movies and a dinner…. Organising these helps our leadership skills and organization. The Benson group are more than just a house… we are family."

Oliver and April CSF2 

Welcome to the Benson House

With boarding very much a core part of the Wellington UK experience, we are delighted to now have our own boarding house – the Benson – here in Tianjin. Named after the very first Master of Wellington UK in the 1850’s, it is a brand new building right next to the main campus. It opened in August 2013, offering world-leading boarding accommodation in an apartment-style setting, for Senior School boys and girls in Years 7 upwards.


Welcome to the Benson HouseSamantha and Ian Wood are the new House Masters dedicated to Benson. Ian joined the Wellington staff in August 2016 as Head of Technology, and in August 2017 was joined by his wife Samantha who is Head of Boarding, and Guidance and Welfare. Both of them have over 28 years’ experience of teaching in secondary school back in the UK. Samantha brings 9 years of experience of the boarding school life, but from the perspective of being a boarder in the UK. They have two children Ciarán, a university graduate of DeMontefort University, Leicester, who runs his own Personal Training business, and Ailís who is currently studying Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast. They have shared interests in travel, cultural diversity and outdoor life, the latter has resulted in Ian being an active member of the Swaledale Mountain Rescue team for 8 years; whilst Samantha channels her energy into equestrian sports owning her own horse, Badger who sadly had to remain  behind in the UK.

Welcome to the Benson HouseHelen and Neil Campbell are continuing with their joint role of Assistant House Masters supporting Mr and Mrs Wood at the Benson House. Helen joined Wellington College in January 2016 and works in ‘The Nest’ as an Early Years teacher, she is also one of the schools designated Safeguarding Officers. Helen has been teaching for 17 years, mainly with primary aged children in the UK. Neil works within the school for the SEN Department. Previous to working in education Neil worked for a large Military Corporation in London, and has experience as a boat builder, builder and carpenter. Neil also supports Mr. Wood in a voluntary capacity in the Technology Department. They have a young daughter Alice, who is a pupil in the junior school. Outside of school, both enjoy travelling and exploring the world. Neil enjoys films, gaming and loves supporting his favourite football team Tottenham Hotspur; whilst Helen has a joint interest with Mrs. Wood in her love of horses, she also enjoys gardening, going to the gym and a good book.



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