Wellington School is situated in Timperley, a quiet residential area of Altrincham, south of Manchester. . The school is co-educational with at present 1360 students in Years 7-13 and a teaching staff of 80. Trafford LA, within which the school is located, operates a total selection system at age 11, whereby 40% of the cohort are admitted to Grammar Schools. The school became a Foundation School in September 1999. As a result of its ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted grading, the School became an Academy on 1st January 2011. Recent awards include the prestigious Customer Service Excellence and Leading Edge status and a host school for NCSL Leadership programmes in 2012 and for the fourth time, Investor in People awarded in November 2009. The School has also been listed by the DfE as being a High Performing Specialist School and has received three School Achievement Awards.