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Academic Pursuit Beyond The Curriculum

At Wellington every student enjoys rich opportunities for academic extension and challenge.  Nobody’s potential is fixed; everybody can develop and transform his or her capacity for learning. Each and every member of the Wellington community has the opportunity to develop a genuine and lifelong love of learning.

This webpage provides details of the different ways that you can stretch and challenge yourself academically at Wellington. You can find out about weekly clubs and societies, and one-off talks, lectures and demonstrations. There is information about competitions within and beyond Wellington, as well as links to reading lists, online courses and holiday activities. Where will you take yourself?

Notable Events

W/C 9th December


MONDAY 9th December

  • 16.30-17.25: Weizmann Safe cracking – Engineering/Physics national competition, students prepare safes with the virtual assistance of Weizmann Institute doctoral candidates. Local competition with final in Israel in Easter. 5th & LVIth form. DET dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: CakespeareChristmas Special!…. All welcome but particularly suitable for 3rd & 4th form. English Reading Room
  • 16.45-17.25: Environmental Societyhow environmentally friendly is your school? Hear from staff and students about their sustainability drives. All welcome. Cultural Living Room
  • 21.00-21.55: Fireside Lecture – ‘African’s forgotten frontier: the Sahel’. In this high-energy, adventure-packed talk, Reza Pakravan unearths issues linked to climate-related migration and the impact that desertification has on the lives of the indigenous people who call Sahel their home. All welcome. Great School.

TUESDAY 10th December

WEDNESDAY 11th December

  • 12.45- 1.25: Extension Economics – discuss advanced economic concepts beyond the AL/IB syllabus related to current economic affairs UVIth only. Ec6
  • 14.30-16.00: Model United Nations (MUN) – train and compete in academic simulations of the United Nations. Play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues. All welcome. Ec1.
  • 14.30-16.00: Art School Applications – portfolio printing. Sixth Form. Art School
  • 14.30-16.00: Arkwright programme engineers: turning a mobility scooter into an autonomous robot. 5th form. DET dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: Mandarin Club – learn to speak Mandarin. All welcome. MFL.
  • 16.30-17.30: QinetiQ Powerboat challenge – designing a miniature power boat. 3rd Form. Mentoring opportunities for LVIth. DET dept.
  • 16.30-17.30: Debating society (Juniors) – hone your debating skills with expert tuition and practice. All 3rd & 4th form welcome from beginners to experts. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 17.30-18.45: Spanishfocusing on tricky Spanish grammar. All welcome. MFL
  • 17.45-19.15 and 19.30-20.30: Debating society (Seniors) – hone your debating skills with expert tuition and practice. all 5th & 6th form welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 18.00-18.45: Psychology Societycome and discuss Psychology, All welcome. Py classroom (behind English)

THURSDAY  12th December

  • 12.30-14.25 and 17.30-19.00: Whole School Mock Election – All welcome. GS
  • 17.00-18.00: ArchSoc – festival architecture – think German Christmas markets, Venice Biennale and even gingerbread houses. All welcome. Library.
  • 17.45-18.45: The Geography of What if – great what if questions each week. 3rd & 4th form. G1
  • 17.45-18.45: Set Zero Mathsmaths extension and competitions. Puzzles and problem solving.. All welcome. M10.
  • 20.00-20.55: Dance Technique sessionto support the performance elements of the GCSE Dance. Old Gym.

Lecture Programme

Fireside lectures are held on Mondays 8-9pm (unless specified ) in the Master’s lodge with supper beforehand for a few interested students, the Master and the speaker.  Please bring a cushion.


9th Peter Bray, canoeist *
Kayaking Across the Atlantic

16th Robert Hardman, journalist at the Daily Mail **
Life in the News

23rd Prof Peter Frankopan, University of Oxford
The End of History: the futility of studying the past


7th Gareth Patterson, QC
Building a Murder Case

14th Prof Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent
National Populism: the revolt against liberal democracy

Venue: GWA   **  Venue: Great School


4th Talan Skeels-Piggins
From Paralysis to Podium

11th Andrew Strauss, ex-England Cricket Captain
Beyond Winning

18th Mike Bryan, former fast-jet pilot and MOD
Challenge and Adventure: why and how UK defence operates, from political footballs, to boots on the ground


2nd Dr Kerry Daynes, psychologist
Can You Spot a Liar? The Psychology of Lie Detection

9th Geoff Riley, founder of Tutor2u
Trade Wars

Clubs & Societies

Our co-curricular programme encompasses a wealth of opportunities in music, drama and dance as well as a full range of academic clubs and societies, from the ever-popular Phil-Thy society to Russian for beginners.

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