Your spirit of adventure – looking for a challenge?

Everyone can name a famous adventurer!  Taking on new challenges and pushing yourself beyond what you thought you were capable can be the most rewarding thing you ever do.

Planning, courage, resilience, determination, teamwork, leadership…. laughter, exhilaration, fresh air….  What’s not to love?!  Adventure comes in all sorts of forms, and will live in your memory for decades to come.  Learning new skills and how you react in the face of challenge are really important.  There’s a whole world out there; go and explore it!

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award starts with Bronze in 3rd Form, Silver in 4-5th  Form and Gold in 6th Form. It can be joined at any level, although there are benefits to going all the way through.

Registration takes place at the beginning of the school year in September. Pupils will develop an understanding of themselves, others and the environment through four activity sections: Expedition, Physical, Skills, Volunteering and at Gold level there is the Residential.

The Award is a fantastic way to celebrate what pupils do outside of the classroom, in clubs, societies, on Wednesday afternoons and for games. The expeditions start with two days walking at Bronze. At Silver the expeditions expand to include canoeing as well as walking; however, they also become a little more committing and require training attached to the practice, a three day practice expedition and a three day assessment. For Gold the options continue to expand with cycling, as well as some more adventurous overseas assessment options. Those that jump directly to Gold will have to do an expedition training weekend, followed by a practice expedition at Easter and a four day assessment in the Summer.

The award is rewarding, develops your multiple aptitudes and is highly regarded by universities and employers. At all levels the Award requires commitment, over 18 months at Gold level and is designed to stretch your comfort zones. Visit the Service office on Back Quad for more information.

Who is it open to? 3rd form and above
Where does it take place? Meetings arranged as and when required
When does it happen? Activities take place throughout the year.  Main expedition times are the October half term training weekend, Gold practice in the Easter Holiday, with Silver and Gold assessments in the Summer holidays
Who is in charge? Mr Jones and Mr Waller.


The Wellington College CCF is one of the largest contingents in the country with cadet sections from all 3 services (Royal Navy, Army & Royal Air Force) active every Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the core three service sections the college has Royal Marines, Drum Corps, Bugle and Cavalry sections that all fit under the umbrella of the CCF.  The aim of the CCF is to provide a disciplined organisation within a school, so that pupils may develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and perseverance. Sponsored by the MOD as a youth organisation the College CCF is well resourced and Cadets have ventured overseas as well as undertaking camps in the UK where they have been sailing, gliding, shooting, flying and much more. For those in the 6th form the leadership opportunities are huge and look excellent on a CV showing a sustained commitment to the Cadet Corps.  The options are endless, get stuck in and the rewards are amazing.  CCF is compulsory in the 4th Form.

Who is it open to? 4th form and above
Where does it take place? Parade on South Front, then dependent on training.
When does it happen? Wednesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Who is in charge? Mr Wilson

Field Gun

The ultimate in team work, the field gun is unique in schools. The task of getting a 1/2 scale command field gun across a full scale course with 18 crew members in the shortest possible time is no mean feat.

The Field Gun requires commitment, grit, physical endurance and outstanding teamwork. Wellington College Field gun crews have displayed at the British Military Tournament as well as The Royal Military Academy’s Heritage Day and College Speech Days. Training takes place on Armoury field during the summer term and has been a sports option for 5th & 6th Form and an additional activity for those in the 3rd and 4th Form.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Armoury Field
When does it happen? Thursday evenings, summer term, depending on light and weather
Who is in charge?
Mr Wilson

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving is open to everyone. It takes place at various points during the year in our indoor and outdoor pools and culminates in a summer trip in July.

Pupils can do courses in all the PADI dive qualifications from Open Water Referral (no experience necessary) all the way through to Divemaster. Courses consist of a theory module sat through an e-learning portal and then a series of pool sessions where the practical skills are learnt. When available, the trip in the summer is a fantastic opportunity for students to cement their training with a week of diving every day. They stay on a live-aboard boat, and move dive sites each day to give students a variety of open water experience from shipwrecks to reefs, drift dives, deep dives etc. Trips have gone to Egypt and the Maldives with world renowned reefs and wrecks.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Indoor & Outdoor Pools
When does it happen? Open water courses November & May.  Rescue diver course in May.  Summer trip in July.
Who is in charge? Dr O’Loughlin

Get Started!

If you have any questions about the information below please contact the named staff in charge or contact Mr Kirkham on Similarly, if you wish to adapt or create a club yourself email or chat to Mr Kirkham. We warmly welcome pupil led activities and will support you in any way we can.