"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.


Eliud & Drucilla Juma are the housemasters at boarding house. Eliud has been teaching for the last 14 years, eight of which has been in China. Eliud joined Wellington College Tianjin in 2018 as a teacher of Economics and Business and subsequently became head of the department. He graduated from Moi University with a Bachelor of Education (Hons) degree, specializing in Business and Economics. Eliud is a master’s degree holder from the University of Buckingham, UK. He has done several professional development courses with Cambridge Examinations and IB. Before joining Wellington, Eliud worked at Dulwich College International in Suzhou and taught at a prominent High School in Ningbo, Zhejiang. Before coming to China, he taught in several British Curriculum schools in Kenya. Eliud is joined in boarding by his wife Drucilla who is a graduate of University of Nairobi and Africa Nazarene University with specialization in Human Resource and Administration. She has worked as an administrator at Kenya’s National Grid for the last 10 years before accompanying her husband to Wellington College Tianjin. Drucilla is passionate on mentorship and this is an additional benefit to our boarders. They bring a wealth of experience having worked in large boarding schools and large organizations. Eliud is an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma examiner for Higher Level Economics as well as a CIE examiner for IGCSE and A Level Economics. They are accompanied by their three daughters who are pupils at the college.


Ian Wood is an Assistant House Master dedicated to Benson. Ian joined the Wellington staff in August 2016 as Head of Design Technology, and in August 2017 was joined by his wife Samantha and together they were Head of Boarding. Ian is now in his 37th year of experience of teaching Design Technology in secondary schools both in the UK and latterly 4 years in Tianjin.  Ian has two children with Samantha who has returned home to spend time with their parents. Ciarán, a university graduate of DeMontefort University, Leicester and a Master of International Business from FIU in Miami, Florida. Ailís has graduated with a first class honour degree in Psychology at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is currently studying for a master’s degree at SOHAS London. Ian has 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.




Emma Qi and Andy Lewis are the new boarding house assistants in the Benson. After graduating in 2013 with a major in Fine Art and Art Marketing Management from the Finance and Economics University of Tianjin, Emma joined the Wellington team in order to gain experience in Art Education within an international context. She quickly became an indispensable member of the senior school and plays a vital role in the practical running of the Art department. She has been teaching at Wellington International College for three years and has recently completed her UK qualified teacher status. Emma is joined in boarding by her husband Andy Lewis who is a graduate of Visual Communication & Media Marketing from Clarkson University in New York State. He has been working as a graphic designer, media marketing manager and visual design teacher in Tianjin for three years. Emma and Andy are delighted to be a part of the Benson family.



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