Welham Boys’ School started life as Welham Preparatory School way back in 1937, when Ms. Oliphant invested her humble capital and started the School in a rented building, which she called White House. Later, she rented another building Bethany that today is our dining hall.
The first problem was that of finance and this was temporarily overcome when Ms. Oliphant’s mother offered her daughter financial assistance. Though the capital from her mother was by no means large, it was adequate to start the school and of great sentimental value, as it came from Welham, Ms. Oliphant’s childhood hood village. It was perhaps the same sentimental attachment that inspired her to name the school after her village.
In the year 1920, Ms. Oliphant came to India. From Delhi, she moved to Dehradun, a quiet town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. It was here that she resolved to start a preparatory school. The town had a pleasant climate and idyllic surroundings, and was an ideal place for children to grow up.
The first boy joined the School on 15th January 1937. By 1938, there were thirty boarders and twenty day scholars. In 1941, Class V was introduced. With the outbreak of the Second World War, numbers rose steadily and Welham found itself on a strong footing. Miss Oliphant’s dream of a kindergarten and Preparatory School for the children of India. In the early forties, the first school banner was carried at the School Games March Past. It bore the motto-‘From Strength to Strength’.
In the succeeding years, Welham came to be recognized as a Preparatory school and acquired several buildings and many more children. The school ensured that the children acquired a sound foundation in English. The boys’ individual requirements were attended to and talent explored. There was plenty of scope for self expression in drawing, painting, clay modeling, carpentry and craft.
In 1956, Ms. Oliphant donated all her assets to Welham Boys’ School Society which is presently administered by a Board of Trustees. Thanks to her vision and the efforts of the Principals who succeeded her, the School has carved a niche for itself in the world of school education. The Preparatory school she founded was elevated to the Plus Two stage of Secondary School education in 1985. The vintage buildings and the playing fields have been the training grounds where generations of youth have learned, played, cheered, won and lost many a game.
True to its motto, Welham Boys’ has grown into a full fledged institution, and today prepares boys for the C.B.S.E examination. It is a child friendly school which combines the best of traditions with a modern approach to learning.
Our Mission :
The Welham Boys' School aims at providing a positive learning environment, which encourages and empowers all its members to have a highly developed sense of responsible citizenship, which includes a deep sense of justice, an unshaken faith in secularism, an acute concern for our surroundings and an abiding belief in honesty and integrity.
It aspires to turn out individuals who are "multi-dimensional" in their interests, are excited about the pursuit of knowledge, have a broad world-view, can think out-of-the-box, and are "driven" in whatever they may choose to do.
Principal - GunmeetBindra
Spread over 30 acres, the Welham Boys’ School estate is a well wooded, lush, arboreal retreat, providing an ideal pastoral atmosphere conducive to a healthy learning environment. The flowering trees and shrubs attract over 60 recorded species of birds. With the Himalayas to the north and the Shivaliks covering the south, Welham Boys’ School lies in the heart of the Doon valley by the river Rispana.
In recent years Welham Boys’ School has been concentrating on upgrading its existing infrastructure so that in keeping with the times, we can provide our students with state-of-the-art facilities, which indeed we have done in many areas. For the near future there are many innovative projects in the pipeline.
Learning Resource Centre (LRC) :This houses the Reading Room, Audio Visual Room and the Gallery on the ground floor and the Reference Section and Borrowing section, the English Language Lab and the Art Department including the Design Technology Workshop on the first floor.
Senior and Middle School :This area of the campus comprises the Seven Seas and Seven Oaks Blocks, Khadimali Block, Hughes Block and Riverside Block. These buildings house all the classrooms, laboratories, staff room, offices of the Senior Management Team and others, the stationery store and the server room.
Junior School :The Whitehouse is a beautiful heritage building where the junior school classes, library, offices, staff room, music room and junior IT room are located. WBS as it majestically stands today had its humble beginnings from this cottage that Ms Oliphant, our Founder bought and converted into a preparatory school.
Hostels : Welham Boys’ School has four Senior Houses viz. Cauvery A, Ganga A, Jamuna A and Krishna A, four Middle School Houses viz. Cauvery B, Ganga B, Jamuna B and Krishna B, and three Junior School Houses viz. Narmada, Rispana and Oliphant.
Play Fields and Courts :The Main Field and the Lower Field form the heart of sports activities for the Welham boys. Apart from these, there is the Orchard Field next to the Whitehouse, tennis courts behind Bethany, two outdoor and one indoor basketball courts, a skating rink, squash courts and a volleyball court.
Activity Centre :The Activity Centre, a spacious multipurpose hall, is the venue for most of the main functions of the school, be it plays, stage shows, debates, quizzes, and a variety of other activities like basketball, badminton and table tennis. The Centre, apart from being fitted with high quality sound equipment, has a state-of-the-art terraflex basketball court , a Shooting Range and a well equipped Gymnasium. The Tuck Shop is also situated here.
Office Block :The Office Block houses all the offices, the Accounts, Purchase Departments, the Admissions, Journey and Dispatch Offices. The Canara Bank, WBS branch is also housed in this block.
Bethany :Bethany is the dining hall where the entire school, takes their meals. Delicious, hot, nutritionally balanced and a variety of cuisines are dished out of a very modern and well equipped kitchen. Strict standards of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained the Bethany.
Hospital :The Welham Boys’ School Hospital is probably one of the best that any school could desire. The hospital has a minor Operation Theatre with a defibrillator, pulse oxymeter, cardiac monitor, an 18-bed general ward, a 5-bed isolation ward, a dining room, a medical store, a record section and a visitor’s lounge. Recently the Hospital has grown in size with the addition of an annexe that houses the new Physiotherapy Centre. Now students suffering from injuries from games and sporting activities do not have to leave the campus for treatment.
Health Care : The School has a 20 bed hospital, an isolation ward with beds and a minor O.T. managed by a full time Resident Doctor, a trained nurse and a compounder. Facilities for nursing of ordinary ailments and accidents are available round the clock, as are the services of an ambulance. Growth and development of the children is monitored very closely, their diet is constantly reviewed and revised when necessary. Vaccinations and other prophylaxis are also administered in accordance with the national health recommendations. Workshops on Health, Hygiene, Stress management and Adolescence problems are conducted.
Overview : Boarding life at Welham, provides a secure and supportive environment for students. Comfortable accommodation and vibrant environment in the hostels gives the students a sense of homeliness and a feeling of belonging.
On joining, the boys settle into a busy and rewarding routine. The hostel is an extension of home, providing warmth and opportunities for students to grow into individual personalities. The boarding very soon becomes the students’ second home.
The friendships made in the boarding environment are strong and long lasting.
A very well trained and experienced team of Housemasters, Housemothers and Tutors supervise and facilitate the students in the process of becoming self reliant.
The Tutor is a bridge between a child’s academic and boarding life. Tutors and tutees sit together for meals, conduct regular meetings and travel together for Mid- Term Excursions. A Tutor is truly a foster parent, and is involved with all facets of a tutee’s life, devoting time towards their happiness and well being.
Proficiency Assessment for different classes are conducted in the following months every year:
Age Restrictions as on 1st April of the year of joining are as follows:
|Extra Curricular Activities||
|Year of Foundation1||1937|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades :||Na|
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|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min) :||NA|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max) :||NA|
|Languages of Instruction :||NA|
|Foreign Languages :||NA|
|University Counseling :||NA|
|Learning Support :||NA|
|School Trips :||YES|
|Community Service :||YES|
|Performing Arts :||YES|
|Summer Programs :||YES|