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, a statesman and soldier who also served the country with distinction twice as Prime Minister. Over 160 years later, the College is one of the most respected schools in the United Kingdom and one of its greatest educational institutions, pioneering, innovating and transforming education for girls and boys.
In partnership with Wellington College in England, Wellington College China (WCC) opened its inaugural school, Wellington College International Tianjin, in August 2011. Wellington College China continued to strengthen with the opening of Wellington College International Shanghai in 2014 and the creation of WCC Huili to promote bicultural education, which resulted in the opening of Huili Nursery Shanghai in 2016. Further schools followed with Huili School Shanghai, Huili Nursery Hangzhou, Huili School Hangzhou and Wellington College International Hangzhou all opening in August 2018. The Wellington international schools teach a curriculum based on the National Curriculum for England, customized as appropriate for each context. Whereas the Huili schools bring together the best of the British and Chinese education systems for Chinese pupils aged 2–18.
Today, the Wellington College Family has ten schools in England, Thailand and China, and Wellington College China particularly continues to flourish, with Huili Nantong set to open in August 2022 and plans to take the bicultural model overseas within the next few years.