Wellington College in England was founded by Queen Victoria in 1859 as a national monument to Britain’s most renowned military figure, the Duke of Wellington, Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 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 country has ever produced”. The school was dedicated to be, and indeed has become, a living monument to the Duke of Wellington in perpetuity.
Over 150 years later, the College is one of the most respected schools in the United Kingdom and also one of its 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 in today’s rapidly changing and interconnected world.
Links with our past also remain strong, with members of the British Royal family and the Wellesley family, including the current Duke of Wellington, Valerian, regularly visiting the College. The Wellesleys have continued to entrust their progeny over the years to the College as pupils, and “Foundationers,” the orphaned children of army officers who were the original beneficiaries of education at the inception of Wellington College, still enrol at the College. Few schools in the world can cite such deep and abiding ties to their lengthy history and proud heritage.