From the Headmaster’s Study

Following the letter from the Chairman of Governors that was circulated last week, it continues to be business as usual for all staff and pupils at Wellesley, as plans and discussions take place with regards to the bringing together of two communities, in the smoothest possible way.
The strengths of the Wellesley community, experience and product have been clearly shared and reiterated to me over the recent days. I am only too aware of our intrinsic strengths and my team and I look forward to building on these as we lead Wellesley into its next exciting chapter. I will communicate all updated news and plans with you over the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, I thank all members of our community for their trust and support.

Gavin Franklin

JDRM Gavin Portraits-2


Just a polite reminder to those who drive onsite that there is a 5mph speed limit to ensure the safety of all.

School Last Week

News from Pre-prep

The nursery and Reception children loved their first swimming sessions with Mrs Chiaramello. During Science, Form JB have enjoyed investigating and recording their findings when growing cress in various different conditions. JH continue to be excellent role models for all in Junior House. Danes top the leaderboard for good marks this week and Sam R is the individual leader – well done all!

Honey harvesting day

On Wednesday, pupils took part in the annual honey harvest from the school hives. Pupils listened to a talk from Mr Shaddick and Mr Waldie before pupils donned beekeeping suits to collect the frames. Pupils had the chance to see how smoke is used to subdue the bees. The frames were spun in the extractor before being filtered. JH then began filling the jars. There was plenty of opportunity for pupils to sample some of the honey and both the pupils and the bees were well behaved (or BeeHived).
Honey will be available soon and will feature the winning designs from Alina and Clara. Further details about how to purchase the honey are to follow.

School This Week

Team of the Week

The ‘Team of the Week’ is announced at each Monday’s assembly.
Well done to the U13A girls hockey team who have started the season brightly with two excellent wins from their first two games. They will be rewarded with cookies and juice with the Headmaster in the library during Tuesday’s break time.

Music on Monday

Monday Music this week was provided by Arthur Huang. He played the traditional piece ‘Portsmouth’ from his Grade 4 ABRSM violin exam. Well done, Arthur.

Wellesley Reading Journal

In a new initiative, we are encouraging pupils to share feedback on recent novels that they have enjoyed in our Wellesley Reading Journal (kept in the safe hands of Mrs McDermott). Over the Exeat weekend, Harriet (Block 3) put together and shared her thoughts on Michael Morpurgo’s “War Horse”. Well done, Harriet.

Harvest Festival

We are delighted to be able to welcome parents back to the chapel for our Harvest Festival on Saturday at 12.30pm. Mr Rob Harrison, Head of Lower School and incoming Housemaster of Tradescant House at King’s Canterbury is kindly joining us for the service. We will be serving soup and sandwiches after chapel on the terrace (weather permitting), or in the Old Hall. So that we can confirm numbers please complete the google form here to register your attendance.

Harvest Boxes

Thank you to those who have already brought in Harvest boxes; for those who haven’t there is still time this week. We will be delivering them to The Salvation Army after the Pre-prep Harvest assembly on Wednesday 6th October.


This week the kitchen will be serving Menu 1.

Senior School News


This term, Tonbridge School has a range of dates where families can attend an Open Morning.  Please click here for further information.


For further information regarding Canford’s Open Day on 9th October please click here.


Benenden is hosting a series of Open Days throughout the Michaelmas term and for further information please click here.

Eastbourne College

You are warmly invited to join Eastbourne College’s Open Morning on 9th October.  For further information, please click here


On 2nd October, Roedean is hosting their first Open Morning of the term.  For further details, please click here.

King’s Rochester

King’s Rochester is now open for tours and you are invited to book an appointment at one of their Open Mornings.  For further information, please click here


Matches This Week

Monday 27th September

Soccer v Kent College: Colts A, B & C (h)

Wednesday 29th September

1st VI Shapira Cup @ JKS

Soccer v Northbourne: U9

U11 Colts A Football Tournament v Spring Grove (a) 2pm

Thursday 30th September

U9 Soccer v Spring Grove: Tournament 2pm

Saturday 2nd October

Michaelmas Cross Country 

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


If your child has been selected for a fixture, we will email you each Tuesday morning with information regarding the recommended pick up time from Wellesley.


Matches Last Week



Soccer v Northbourne: 1st XI

Lost 1:0

Soccer v Northbourne: 2nd XI 

Lost 6:0

Soccer v Northbourne: Colts A

Lost 3:0

Soccer v Northbourne: Colts B

Won 1:0

Hockey v St Edmund’s Canterbury: U13 A

Won 5:2

Hockey v St Edmund’s Canterbury: U13 B

Lost 6:2


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