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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 14th October


MONDAY 14th October

  • 16.30-17.25: What if history. What if Harold has won the Battle of Hastings? Plus, lots more great if questions. 4th & 5th Form. History dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: Cakespeare. Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee…. All welcome but particularly suitable for 3rd & 4th form. English Reading Room
  • 16.45-17.25: Environmental Societylooking at how eco-friendly the school is. All welcome. Cultural Living Room
  • 18.00-19.00: ClassSoc. ‘The Power of Speeches in the Roman Republic’ by Prof Gesine Mauwald, UCL. All  welcome. Library.
  • 20.00-20.55: Fireside Lecture – Prof Matthew Goodwin, University of Kent, discuss National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy’. All welcome. Please bring a cushion. Master’s Lodge.

TUESDAY 15th October

  • 17.45-18.45: Tricky Physicsaimed at UVIth but all welcome. Physics dept.
  • 17.45-18.45: Biochemistry Extension – aimed at UVIth but all welcome. CH2/4.
  • 17.45-18.45: Investment Societycovering different types of investment such a Property, Stock Markets and Banking. All Sixth form welcome. Economics dept.
  • 18.00-19.00: Crest Science Award design your own science investigation and apply your knowledge to some real-world problems.  All 4th form welcome. CH8
  • 18.00-19.00: Tricky Chemistry – lots of practical investigations and interesting experiments. All LVIth welcome. CH3.

WEDNESDAY 16th October

  • 12.45- 1.25: Extension Economics – discuss current affairs and look at some advanced topics. UVIth only. Ec6
  • 14.30-16.00: Model United Nations (MUN) – do you have what it takes to be a diplomat and achieve favourable resolutions for your country? All welcome. Ec1.
  • 14.30-16.00: Weizmann Safe cracking – Engineering/Physics national competition, final is in Israel in Easter. 5th & LVIth form. DET dept.
  • 14.30-16.00: Arkwright programme engineers: turning a mobility scooter into an autonomous robot. 5th form. DET dept.
  • 14.30-16.00: Art School Applications  Sixth Form. Art School
  • 16.30-17.30: Debating society (Juniors) – come and learn how to debate. All 3rd & 4th form welcome from beginners to experts. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 16.30-17.30: QinetiQ Powerboat challenge – designing a miniature power boat. 3rd Form. Mentoring opportunities for LVIth. DET dept.
  • 18.00-18.45: Psychology SocietyAll welcome. Py
  • 17.45-19.15 and 19.30-20.30: Debating society (Seniors) – all 5th & 6th form welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 20.00-21.00: WCPCI Live issuesBrexit and the Border. All welcome. PR1
  • 20.00-21.45 : GeoVentures showing of Leonardo Di Caprio’s film “Before the Flood!!”. All welcome. CLT

THURSDAY 17th October

  • 16.30-17.25: Biology Book Club thought provoking discussion on a biology related reading. Bio Harkness room. 5th and 6th form welcome.
  • 17.30-19.00: Life drawing – figure drawing practice using a live model, studying the human form in various positions and experimenting with a range of traditional and experimental techniques. Art dept. All welcome
  • 17.45-18.45: The Geography of What if …. 3rd & 4th form. G1
  • 17.45-18.45: Set Zero Maths – extension, enrichment, competitions, Oxbridge. All welcome. M10.
  • 17.45-18.45: Science Society all welcome. P2.
  • 17.45-18.45: Phil-Thy society – all welcome. Library (Moral Room)
  • 20.00-20.55: Economic Affairs – discuss the week’s major news events. All welcome. Library (Moral Rooms)
  • 20.00-20.55: Dance Technique session to support the performance elements of the GCSE Dance. Old Gym.

FRIDAY 18th October

  • 16.30-17.25: Model United Nations (MUN) – do you have what it takes to be a diplomat and achieve favourable resolutions for your country? All welcome. Politics 1
  • 16.30-17.25: Bee & Bowl History Quiz – buzzers at the ready! This is a history quiz society, that will be entering national quiz competitions. All welcome. History dept.
  • 16.30-17.25: MFL extension – a fascinating introduction to world literature in MFL 8. 6th form only.
  • 16.45-17.25: MedSoc – focusing on ‘Ethical problem solving’. All welcome. Library (Moral rooms)
  • 17.45 – 18.45: Global History – All welcome. History dept.

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 Mary Harper, journalist
Reporting from Africa’s Most Dangerous Places

11th Andrew Strauss, ex-England Cricket Captain
Life as England’s Cricket Captain

18th Mike Bryan, former fast-jet pilot and MOD
Military Action and Defence


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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