Wellesley Today

Wellesley is a full independent primary day school for boys from Year 0 (aged five) to Year 8.

We have a long history as a regional Wellington school, serving not only Eastbourne families but all of Wellington. Our boys progress to a range of state and independent secondary schools. Set between the bush and the sea in Days Bay in Eastbourne, Wellesley is a half-hour drive from central Wellington. The school grounds offer large playing spaces and state-of-the-art facilities. The site’s natural beauty, its gracious buildings and the warmth of our staff and boys make it a privilege to teach and learn here.

Family Atmosphere

To retain our family atmosphere, the roll is intentionally kept at around 340 boys. The average class size is 23 students, although Years 1-4 classes are smaller. With our seven resource teaching staff, the actual teacher/pupil ratio is 1:15. We are also fortunate to have a full-time librarian and four teacher support staff. Our staff have an excellent understanding of children and of how boys, in particular, learn best. Every boy is different, and that is something we recognise, support and celebrate.


As an Anglican Diocesan school, we promote core Christian values. Other religious beliefs are also respected at Wellesley, and there is a healthy sharing of ideas within the school’s curriculum. The boys from all over the world who are brought together in this dynamic and inclusive learning environment learn from one another. As they do so, their outlook and cultural understanding broaden. We have an outstanding academic record, with boys gaining success in local, national and international competitions. The Education Review Office has been generous in its praise of our teaching model and learning outcomes, see the latest ERO Report:  https://goo.gl/hkd26Q  (2017).