Think & Ask

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Your mind – mental challenge, interest and intrigue

The world is an exciting place, and your mind is an incredible tool to explore it with.

“The more I learn, the more I realise I don’t know.”

– Albert Einstein

“Knowledge is power.”

-Sir Francis Bacon

Your brain is growing and making new connections at an amazing rate.  The more we ask and discover, the more connections are made and the better equipped you are for life.  Ever wondered what would happen if…?  Or has something prompted a thought that wasn’t discussed in a lesson?  Or asked yourself a question that you didn’t know where to find an answer?   Take a look at some of these clubs and societies – and fuel your curiosity.

Books and Board Games

Friendly, informal group which meets every Wednesday break in the Library from 10.45 – 11.15am to chat about books.

You can get first pick of the new books, talk about what you like to read or maybe choose to read the same book as the rest of the group. Open to all year groups and we always have great refreshments!

In the summer term you can become a “Carnegie Critic” and read and judge books on the “Carnegie Book Prize” shortlist.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The Library
When does it happen? Wednesday break 10.45am – 11.15am
Who is in charge? Mrs Atherton

Classics Society

Classics Society meets every Monday from 6pm to 7pm, with occasional further meetings on Thursdays at the same time.

The society aims to run several events a term, a mixture of trips to plays, debates, and talks by visiting experts, staff and pupils.

Events are advertised to classes within department and to the school as a whole – all are welcome to come to any event. Listen out for announcements and contact Mr Allcock.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Classics Department
When does it happen? Thursdays, either 5.00pm – 6.00pm or 6.00pm-7.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Allcock

Classical Hebrew

Classical Hebrew is available on request from Dr Williams and open to all students and all staff. It runs in the library.

Sessions are available on request; if there is enough interest, we’ll set up scheduled classes. Former club members have gone on to read Theology at Oxford; learning Classical Hebrew is excellent preparation for reading Theology, languages or Classics at university.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The Library
When does it happen? Please consult with Dr Williams
Who is in charge? Dr Williams


Debating is available to all pupils.

There are training sessions most weeks and lots of competitions, often at places like the Oxford and Cambridge Unions; contact Dr Gardner to be put on the mailing list and to find out more information.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The Library
When does it happen? Wednesday, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Who is in charge? Dr Gardner

Economic Affairs Society (upper and lower school)

Two discussion groups, one for 6th formers and one for pupils in years 9 – 11, based around current affairs with a bit of Economics thrown in.

No experience necessary! Thursdays at 5pm in the Economics department.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Economics Department
When does it happen? Thursday at 5.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Clarke


GeoVenture is the College’s Geographical Society. It promises to take you places on Earth that you have never been before and allows you to discover the wonders of the planet that you did not even know existed.

The society meets on Wednesday evenings (as published in the weekly calendar) and at other times as advertised. The society hosts a variety of guest speakers ranging from intrepid explorers to ground breaking documentary makers and prominent academic figures.

Other opportunities available through the society include:

  • Being involved in Geographical expeditions to exotic places like Namibia, Belize, Morocco and “Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein”
  • Attending lectures at the Royal Geographical Society. (An evening in London with dinner included is lots of fun!)
  • Being offered positions of leadership and the chance for academic endeavour. (The energy for the society are the students! And you are renewable!
Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Check the venue for each talk
When does it happen? Wednesday 6.05pm – 7.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Foyle

Life Drawing

Life drawing runs every Thursday evening from 5.45pm – 7pm during the Michaelmas term. Spaces are limited so early arrival is essential.

It is open to all pupils and strongly recommended to all Art Students, particularly those hoping to apply to Art School. Pupils will practice figure drawing from a live model and study the human form in various positions, experimenting with a range of different art media.  Drawing exercises will be taught to aid your techniques and build confidence. 

Who is it open to? Pupils of ages and ability
Where does it take place? Art School
When does it happen? Every Tuesday evening 5.45pm – 7.00pm during the Michaelmas Term
Who is in charge? Miss Flanagan

Creative Writing Group

The Creative Writing group is open to all pupils and meets every Thursday week B at 5. 00pm in E6.

The creative writing group is open to and to both new and experienced writers.  The atmosphere is informal and supportive – it’s a place where everyone finds the courage to express themselves and to explore their creativity.  The sessions comprise writing workshops (prose fiction, poetry, script writing and much more) led by teachers and published writers. Our main competition each year is The Gavin Ewart Poetry Competition in the Lent term.  

Who is it open to? Everyone
Where does it take place? E6
When does it happen? Thursday Week B
Who is in charge? Ms Brown

Knitting for Good

Are you looking for something that will challenge your critical thinking skills, improve your hand-eye co-ordination, help you relax and benefit a local charity, all at the same time?

Then Knitting for Good is for you. No experience necessary, everyone welcome, a range of charities and organisations are supported.

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? The Library
When does it happen? Tuesday break (10.45am – 11.15am)
Who is in charge? Ms Park

Maths Set Zero

If you love mind-blowing Maths, then Set Zero is perfect for you. Everyone is welcome, whether you are applying for Oxbridge, keen to get involved in competitive Maths, or simply enjoy the subject and want to explore beyond the syllabus. Anyone with an interest in puzzles and solving problems is welcome. 

We meet every Wednesday in M10 between 4:30pm and 5:55pm. Questions will be provided but feel free to bring along your own puzzles and problems to share with the group.

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? Maths 10
When does it happen? Wednesday, 4.30 – 5.55
Who is in charge? Mr Carpenter & Mr Sayed


MedSoc is the Wellington College medical society and is run by students and is open to 5th form upwards. Most or all potential medicine applicants should look to be a part of the society.

The group meets in the Library on a Friday 6.00 – 7.00pm where there are weekly discussions and occasional outside speakers based around medical issues. This is a real chance to explore the world of medicine with likeminded students.

Who is it open to? 5th form upwards
Where does it take place? The library
When does it happen? Friday 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Who is in charge? Asya Janmohamed, Char Huckle & Kim Barnes

Model United Nations

Model United Nations is a student-lead society, and is a direct simulation of the debates that occur in the real United Nations, with students representing countries from across the world.

Delegates draft resolutions aimed at solving the world’s most pressing issues, from tackling violent extremist groups like ISIL to human rights in the Middle East.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Politics 1
When does it happen? Friday, 4.45 to 5.45
Who is in charge? Allegra Nayar


Philosophy and English society – otherwise known as Pheng – is a student-led weekly meeting where we discuss all things philosophical. It’s a chance to present to likeminded students interested in potentially studying Philosophy and/or English.

The talk can be about any topic of your choice whether that be Aristotle or Winnie the Pooh. We also often have people present their coursework or IOPs (IB English presentation that is 20% of your final grade) which are always fascinating. However, the society isn’t just about the speaker – the discussion after the presentation is always fascinating and encapsulates the diversity not just in culture but in perspective that Wellington has.

Pheng meets on Thursdays in the Moral Room (Library) from 5pm – 6pm. The slot is shared with Phil-Thy, but there will be a philosophical discussion at this time and place every week!

All are welcome (and cake will be provided).

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Moral Room, Library
When does it happen? Thursdays,  5.00pm – 6.00pm
Who is in charge? Joe Fennell

Phil-Thy Society

Phil-Thy Society is an academic society open to all students, organising debates, discussions and visiting speakers in all areas of Philosophy and Religion.

Phil-Thy takes place on a number of scheduled Thursdays at 5.00pm in the Library, though some weeks are for Pheng and its members to run independently. In the past we have had speakers on topics such as the Philosophy of Time, Religion without God, Humanism, Islamic Fundamentalism. We also have debates and discussions – often involving both teachers and pupils – and (new this year) films with philosophical themes.

Many former members have studied philosophy/theology/both at Oxbridge and other institutions.

If you’re interested in joining up but missed us at College Carnival, please do send Mr Kirby an email.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? The library
When does it happen? Scheduled Thursdays at 5.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Kirby;  Committee Chair, Violet Clay;  Committee Members, Non Charoenwattananon, Charles Sin and Eve Gratton

Politics Society

Will Trump’s tweets bring us to the brink of nuclear conflict? Is ISIS a real threat to our way of life? What on earth will Brexit mean for the UK? How might we combat climate change? What is the future of human rights?

If these questions interest you, then the Politics Society is for you, which this year will host an array of speakers including MPs, prominent journalists, and human rights practitioners. Our sessions are open to everyone and we will host talks and events every few weeks, which usually include debates, dissecting big issues via the big screen, and usually pizza.

Who is it open to? All years
Where does it take place? Check the venue for each event
When does it happen? No set time – Sign up to the mailing list for details (several times a term, depending on global events)
Who is in charge? Moritz Steinruecke

Science Society

The Science society looks to expand the understanding of the Sciences beyond the syllabus.

The Science society is an essential part of the week for those wishing to study any Science, Technology or Engineering subject beyond school and for those wishing to explore the application of their subjects beyond the syllabus. We will hear from a range of speakers throughout the year from all areas of STE. All students are always welcome to join in and encourage to research and speak on their own topics of interest. The society meets in CH8 each Thursday from 6.15-7.00pm. All potential biologists, chemists and physicists, Design Engineers and Computer Scientists and those interested in related university related courses should be looking to be involved.

Who is it open to? All pupils
Where does it take place? Biology or Chemistry Department
When does it happen? Tuesday and Thursday 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Who is in charge? Mr Light, Dr Wright and Dr Evans

The History Department

The History Department can offer you a selection of groups and activities to spark your curiosity!  Take a look over the descriptions below and see which one might be for you.

“What if?” History

Open to all 3rd-5th Formers. A fortnightly group that meets on Mondays 4:45pm-5:15pm to discuss over biscuits different ‘What if?’ scenarios, such as ‘What if Germany had won World War Two?’ or ‘What if Julius Caesar had survived?’. Meetings are advertised in the weekly extension bulletin and via our mailing list. Please contact Mr. Pattie for more details.

World History Society



Open to anyone interested in History in any year group. The aim is to learn something entirely new so no prior knowledge or level of ability is required. Includes talks, quizzes, debates and more. Pupils also deliver lectures on a wide range of events – from the Byzantine Empire to Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Meetings take place roughly every four weeks on Thursdays 5:00pm-5:55pm, and are advertised in the weekly extension bulletin and via our mailing list. Please contact Mr. Joy for more details.

What is History?

Open to all Lower Sixth. Participants read a chapter of History: A Very Short Introduction by J. Arnold and meet on a fortnightly basis on Wednesdays 4:45pm-5:15pm to discuss over biscuits.  It is suitable for anyone who is intellectually curious, and/or aiming for a top grade in either AL or IB, and/or intending to study History of one kind or another at university. For IB students, it will also prove useful for the TOK essay. Meetings are advertised in the weekly extension bulletin and via our mailing list. Please contact Mr. Lewsley for more details.

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.