India Schools : Welham Girls' School, Dehradun
In response to a widely expressed desire for a public school for Indian girls run on modern lines, the Welham Girls' High School was opened on 30th January 1957 by Miss Oliphant who had earlier set up the Welham Boys' School in 1937. In 1956 Miss Oliphant acquired a palatial estate and started a small boarding school for girls. Welham Girls' High School was founded with Miss Oliphant as founder President, to raise funds for the school beset with several problems such as lack of funds, building, staff and students. Miss G.M. Linnell, founder Principal, was entrusted the task of building up and running the school and she worked tirelessly at it till her death in 1970. By the determined efforts of Miss Linnell and her successors, the school has earned for itself a reputation for excellence in education.
The school is located in the prime residential area of Dehra Dun. It is equipped with spacious classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories for Science, Computer Science and for Home Science, and two well-stocked libraries. Well-appointed hostels are equipped to take in 600 boarders and have excellent facilities for recreation. There is also a large auditorium, an art studio, craft room and a hospital with three nurses in residence. The school has five houses: Bulbuls, Flycatchers, Hoopoes, Orioles and Woodpeckers.
The school has an experienced and well-qualified faculty of over 50 teaching staff. As most of the staff members reside on campus, they are available at all hours for academic as well as personal guidance. The strength of each class is kept low, in order to ensure maximum individual attention. The teacher-student ratio is maintained at 1:10.
The school is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, New Delhi. Students are prepared for the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) Examination at the end of Class X and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) at the end of Class XII. For ISC, all three streams - Science, Commerce and Arts - are offered.
Fees, Deposits and Advances (as of 1.4.2009)
School Fees: Rs. 2,15,000/- per annum
Scholarship Fund: Rs. 500/-
Admission Fees: Rs. 35,000/- (at the time of admission)
Security Deposit: Rs. 1,07,500/- (refundable/adjustable)
Imprest Deposit: Rs. 15,000/-
Uniform Deposit: Rs. 10,000/-
Note : The above mentioned school fees and deposits are subject to review from time to time.
Students are admitted in classes V to VII on the basis of an Entrance Examination held every year in the month of November. In Class XI, our admission is on the basis of Board Examination results and an Entrance Examination to be held in the 1st week of June and subsequent qualification on the Merit List. Places are offered in all three streams: Arts, Commerce, and Science. The number of students in each of these streams is fixed at a certain optimum decided by the Admissions Committee from year to year. Vacancies in each stream are offered to new applicants according to their position on the Merit List. Once the optimum number in a stream is reached, the option of studying in that stream is closed. However, the first 10-12 applicants do normally get the stream of their choice.
The standard of academics is very high . The school provides a liberal education while meeting with the technological demands of the 21st century: computer science is compulsory for all students from Class V onwards; so is yoga.
All students are required to participate regularly in games and sports. The school has facilities for a number of games, including basketball, hockey, tennis, badminton, table tennis, athletics (track and field events), volleyball and karate. Yoga is a compulsory activity from classes V to VIII and optional from classes IX to XII. Students repeatedly represent the district and the state, at the national level in sports. Adventure sports are also actively encouraged: under the guidance of experts, the students participate in trekking, white-water rafting, rock-climbing and other adventure sports during mid-term trips, twice a year.
Extra Curricular Activities
A number of hobbies and other activities are encouraged, which include art, craft, needlework, dramatics, photography, AV, debating, vocal music, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, folk dance, sitar, and tabla, piano and French. It is mandatory for the girls to take up at least one dance or music activity; the school has a proficient Indian classical and semi-classical choir and orchestra. An active Nature Club is involved in tree-planting and environmental protection. Each student is expected to put in a minimum of two hours per week of community welfare work. The girls visit various institutions, where they provide voluntary service as a part of the Socially Useful and Productive Work (SUPW) activity. Welham is also a member of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, now known as the IAYP (International Award for Young People).