Wellesley House is an independent prep school for boys and girls aged 7 to 13. Situated on the southeast coast, it offers the full boarding experience, including Saturday school, a weekend activity programme and the opportunity to excel whether academically, on the sports field or in art, music and drama.
About the school
Wellesley House aims to open up a world of possibilities for each child. The Broadstairs prep school, renowned for boarding expertise, academic excellence and great pastoral care, is a thriving hive of activity for local day pupils as well as boarders from London, the southeast and beyond. A bus transfer operates to and from London, the M2 services, the Brentwood services, Charing and Benenden at most exeats and half-terms. A daily bus brings day pupils in from as far as Canterbury and its surrounding villages. In the 2011 report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, every aspect of the school, including teaching, boarding, academic achievement, pastoral care and pupil development were rated excellent or outstanding. Pupils’ preparation for senior school was also praised. Scholarships have been won to Harrow, Stowe, King’s Canterbury and Felsted and leavers have gone on to thrive at such destinations as Winchester, Eton, King’s and Benenden, confident and capable from their ‘full boarding experience’ at Wellesley. Visits, by appointment, are welcomed throughout the school year. Open Mornings are generally held in Lent and Michaelmas terms. Wellesley House is a aead ambassador school for 'Hungry for History.'
Pupils in Broadstairs had a once in a lifetime opportunity this week as space exploration came a little closer to home with the arrival of 'Moon Rocks' and meteorites at Wellesley House on loan from NASA
13th March 2015 — Pupils in Broadstairs had a once in a lifetime opportunity this week as space exploration came a little closer to home with the arrival of ‘Moon Rocks’ and meteorites at Wellesley House.
Pieces of the moon were among the very special samples visiting the independent prep school for a week. Part of the school’s preparation for British Science Week next month, the priceless collection had to be kept under strict security conditions during its stay, locked away in the school safe, but there was also plenty of opportunity for Wellesley pupils and visitors from local schools and groups to get a hands-on experience. The excitement at ‘touching the moon’ was felt by children and adults alike.
The extra-terrestrial samples included a 1.2 billion year old piece of Mars and a 4.5 billion year old nickel-iron meteorite – the oldest object you will ever hold in your hands! Our solar system is only 4.6 billion years old. The lunar samples, provided by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) first manned space missions to the Moon.
In a special school assembly, Dr Kathryn McDermott from the University of Kent, talked to the children about the significance of the rocks and her work on space research. Mr John Hislop of Monkton Stargazers, also supported the event, which was organised by Wellesley’s science co-ordinator, Mrs Sabin-Dawson. The local astronomy group has been proactive in inspiring Wellesley pupils and other local children to take an interest in space and the science behind it, even assisting in repairs to the Wellesley school telescope which is now in regular use by enthusiastic budding astronomers.
Headmaster Simon O’Malley said, “We were delighted to be able to host this unique event and to share it with other Thanet schools and groups. Wellesley is committed to opening up a world of opportunity and inspiring scientists of the future. The ‘wow’ factor generated by the ‘Moon Rocks’ is likely to stay with pupils for a long time to come.”
Space science continues to be at the fore with a special viewing of the partial solar eclipse on Friday 20th March and a practical deomstration of how radio waves travel through the ionosphere with a visit by a local amatuer radio club.
Dr McDermott is a member of the Meteoritical Society, Mineralogical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a postdoctoral researcher investigating impact events in space and on Earth.
British Science Week (BSW, formerly National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW)) is a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages.BSW 2015 will take place 13 - 22 March.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is keeping the UK at the forefront of international science and tackling some of the most significant challenges facing society. STFC is one of seven publicly-funded research councils. It is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Wellesley House is an independent prep school for children aged 7 to 13. Pupils go on to the UK’s top public schools. It holds an annual means-tested scholarship for sporting or academic excellence (this year’s assessments are on Thursday 26th March). www.wellesleyhouse.org
National Director, Robin Fletcher, sees the new BSA Boarding Orchard initiative take root in the grounds of Wellesley House's own much loved girls' boarding house, The Orchard.
4th February 2015 — The National Director of the Boarding Schools Association, Mr Robin Fletcher, visited Wellesley this week. Mr Fletcher took over the role from Hilary Moriaty last year and this was his first opportunity to come and see Broadstairs' only boarding prep school in action.
As part of the organisation's drive to build a boarding 'orchard' across the UK. BSA member schools, of which there are 468 plus associate members, have been invited to plant a fruit tree to form part of the largest Orchard (by distance) on record. Additionally, the trees are symbolic of the ‘tree of knowledge’ as well as demonstrating each school’s commitment to growth and caring for the environment. - see more at: http://www.boarding.org.uk/440/boarding-orchard#sthash.Hh5qAIhN.dpuf. Wellesley's contribution, a cherry tree ('Merton Glory,' or Prunus Avium, with a double headed white blossom), was planted last term and Mr Fletcher took a look to see how it was faring in its first winter. As his guides pointed out, as well as a grove of fruit trees, Wellesley already has its own wonderful 'orchard.' The Orchard, run by Mr and Mrs Nichol, is synonymous with girls' boarding here and has a very special place in the hearts of current pupils and Old Girls alike.
After his tour, Mr Fletcher joined the Headmaster and the school for lunch to sample another important part of the boarding experience - the food! We are grateful to Mr Fletcher for making time in his busy schedule to join us. Very diplomatically, he said that Wellesley was the best school he'd been to so far!
The BSA's next initiative to promote boarding and the wonderful opportunities it provides will be to send a BSA teddy bear to the youngest boarder in every member school. We are not sure yet when this will be and therefore who will be the lucky recipient, but we look forward to introducing it to the Wellesley bear (named Arthur - after Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington) when it arrives!