From the Headmaster’s Study

We are delighted to report that our Block 1 pupils achieved 100% with their Common Entrance exams.  The successful results came in from a variety of Senior Schools on Friday of last week, much to the relief of our Block 1 pupils who had just returned from their action-packed Leavers’ trip to France!  This set of results not only highlights the quality and commitment of our teaching staff and pastoral leaders, but also of the work that the pupils put in in the build up to their exams.  Congratulations to them all – they all have exciting journeys ahead.

Gavin Franklin


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Team Photos

Please order your copies of this term’s team photos. Click here to view the order form. You can also order photos from previous terms using the links below. The deadline for orders is Wednesday 26th June.

Lent Term 2019 Order Form

Michaelmas Term 2018 Order Form

Junior House French Soirée

Les parents et familles des enfants de la Maison Cadette sont invités à notre soirée française le jeudi 20 juin à 18 heures. Nous parlerons, nous chanterons, nous mangerons, nous boirons, nous nous amuserons… á bientôt!

Junior House Sports Morning

The Junior House Sports Morning takes place on Friday.  Please join us for refreshments by the swimming pool at 10.00 a.m. and the sports will begin at 10.30 a.m.


Our next Saturday chapel service is this coming Saturday 22nd June, at 12.10 p.m., and we look forward to hearing The Reverend Jan Durrans, from St. Peter’s Church, who will be addressing the school. Parents and families are warmly invited to attend.  Soup and sandwiches will be served after the service, so do please contact the office if you are planning to join us, so that we can make the necessary catering arrangements.

School Last Week

Kent Prep Schools Athletics Championships

Our team of athletes all performed well in the IAPS Regional Championships at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford on Friday, and congratulations go to Toni Alaka, Gigi Dunbar Johnson, Amelia Lawton and William Norton who have qualified for the National Championships in Birmingham on Monday 1st July.  In their respective age groups, Toni won the triple jump and also took the silver medal in the 200 metres; Gigi won gold medals in the hurdles and 200 metres; Amelia was gold medallist in the discus, and William was the winner of the long jump.  Well done, also, to Kyle Cullen for his bronze medal in the discus.

School Exams

End of year exams took place last week for members of Blocks 2, 3, 4 and Form JS.  They will now be reviewing their papers in class during this week.

Leavers’ Activity Programme

Block 1 pupils travelled to Le Lac Mimizan near Bordeaux in France, accompanied by Mr Longdon, Miss Wallace and Mr Waldie, for a programme of water sports and other activities that lasted through the week. Among the activities were kayaking, paddle-boarding, sailing, orienteering and raft-boarding.  The children thoroughly enjoyed their week, and further details about the activities can be seen on the Le Lac Mimizan website.

French Visit

We welcomed pupils from Collège St. Bertin in St. Omer on Friday morning.  They spent time with our Block 2 and 3 children, who showed them round the school, and then they all took part in various organised games.

School This Week

Leavers’ Activity Programme

After their sojourn in France the programme of activities for the leavers continues this week.  On Monday they have an energetic day, with Bubble Football in the morning and Archery Tag in the afternoon.  On Tuesday morning they are Djembe Drumming, while the afternoon is given over to a Falconry Experience. Wednesday includes a ‘Mad Science Morning’ with Miss Wallace and Mr Waldie, while on Thursday we thank the Stowells, who will be hosting a party for the leavers.  Friday will include a trip to Revolution Skatepark and Climbing Centre. Also taking place throughout the week, a group are rehearsing with Mr Bithel-Vaughan and Mr Franklin for ‘An Evening of Shakespeare’ on Friday. A sincere thank you to Mrs Spencer who has been organising the programme of activities and events.

King’s Magazine

Congratulations to Toni Alaka, Gigi Dunbar Johnson, Felix Edelman, Poppy Falcon and Pablo Guzman, who have all had articles published in ‘Mind’s Eye Prep’. This is a magazine produced to a professional standard by King’s, Canterbury for Prep School pupils who wish to write articles about the real world.

Music on Monday

This week’s musical performance came from Raul Forsythe-Artiga, who played an acoustic version of Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ on the guitar.  Well done, Raul.

Year 5 Leadership Course

Archie Brown, Margot Grand, Lilia Hunter, Alex Long and Stas Shatokhin are accompanying Mrs Franklin and Mrs Brown to Wellington College on Tuesday for a leadership course.  We wish them a challenging but enjoyable day.


Good luck to the golfers competing in the Kent Prep Schools Golf Championship at Hythe Golf Club on Tuesday.  Those taking part are James Felton, Jansci Motsi, William Norton, Ines Vaes Somolinos, Jonjo Wylie and Ella Yu.


Good luck also to the team of athletes who are travelling to Tonbridge School on Tuesday to take part in the Prep Schools Tonbridge Trophy.

Maths Competition

Further good luck to Margot Grand, Lilia Hunter, Paloma Llari de Sangenis, Amy Zhang, Henry Barker, Reuben Okotie, Alex Long and Sras Shatokhin, who are accompanying Miss Stevens to Christchurch Junior School in Ramsgate on Thursday to take part in a Maths competition.

Pre-Prep Stay and Play Sessions

The next stay and play session takes place this Friday 21st June.  The session is open to all and primarily aimed at children aged 0-4.  Mrs Brown will again be hosting the events upstairs in the Junior House and parents will remain with their children.  All enquiries/bookings should be addressed to

Sunday Outing

The outing for the boarders this Sunday will be to Howletts Wildlife Park.  Thank you to Mr Hallam and Mrs Hatt, who will be accompanying the trip.

Team of the Week

This week’s ‘Team of the Week’ are all the athletes who competed in the IAPS Regional Championships in Ashford on Friday.  They will be rewarded with cookies and squash in the Headmaster’s drawing room during a morning break.


This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 2.

Matches Last Week

Monday 10th June

Cricket v Junior King’s: U9 – cancelled

Wednesday 12th June

Cricket – King’s School Festival: U11 Girls – 3rd out 4; Won 1 Lost 2

Cricket v Chatham &  Clarendon GS: U12 – cancelled

Cricket – Kent College 6s: Colts A – cancelled

Cricket v St Lawrence College: Colts B – cancelled

Friday 14th June

Athletics – Kent Prep Schools Championships


Live Cricket Scores

We are now using a live scoring system for some of our cricket matches. You can follow the action ball by ball by downloading the “Play-Cricket Live” app. Please use the links or scan the QR code. Once you have installed the app, search for “Wellesley House”, and any upcoming matches that are being live scored will appear.


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Matches This Week

Please always refer to the website calendar as it is the most up-to-date place to check for fixture changes and locations.

Monday 17th June

Cricket v St Lawrence: U13 Girls A & B (a)

Cricket – I.A.P.S. 6s: Colts A (a) (Note: At Ashford Prep)

Tennis v Kent College: U13 Boys (h)

Tuesday 18th June

Prep Schools Golf Championships at Hythe Golf Club

Wednesday 19th June

Rounders – I.A.P.S. 6s: U11 Girls (Note: At Ashford Prep; first match at 11.00 a.m.)

Cricket v JKS: 1st XI & Colts A (a)

Cricket v JKS: 2nd XI, 3rd XI & Colts B (h)

Saturday 22nd June

Cricket v Eastern Vikings: 1st XI, 2nd XI and Colts A (h)

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