In order to ensure that the teachers we recruit embody the Wellington Identity – and more – we put applicants through a rigorous process: at least two long interviews, focused on teaching philosophy, technique, theory, practice, innovation and more; a lesson observation; international Police checks; full reference and qualification checks. We only actually offer jobs to around 6% of those who apply.
Everyone is different: there are no typical Wellington teachers but, if there were, they might be: educated at excellent universities; UK qualified; experienced at working in some of the UK’s, and the world’s, top schools; committed to always learning, always developing their practice; fascinated by a lot more than just the classroom; highly motivated; calm; approachable; thoughtful; reflective; humorous; relentless; healthy and polite.
Teaching at Wellington involves a lot more than just planning and delivering in the classroom: there are enrichment activities, which everyone is involved in; there is the House system, which provides the opportunity for teachers and students to understand and support each other in a different context; there are school events; there are academic research projects; there is Friends of Wellington, our PTA; there are weekly professional development courses; and a lot more besides. The job is not for those who are looking for an easy life – it’s tough, exhausting, and very rewarding!