The roll call of Old Willingtonians contains a fascinating group of men. Most famous, perhaps, is Captain Lawrence Oates, the polar explorer, pictured here. Academics such as Sir Maurice Bowra, Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, and Francis Whipple, whose mathematical formulae are still in use today, were pupils here. Sir Basil Liddell Hart, whose military theories greatly influenced strategic thinking in the 20th Century was a Willington boy. They are joined by Sir Frank Newnes, Member of Parliament and newspaper proprietor, and the industrialist Sir Robert Renwick. Old Willingtonians Esmond Knight, a highly regarded actor, and Dallas Bower, a director and producer in film and television, are remembered for their contributions to the world of the performing arts.
True to its founding ethos, Willington continues to provide a top class, traditional education to boys whose families want a rich, broad education for their sons that ensures an individual approach. This approach brings out the best in each of the boys across academic, artistic and athletic endeavours - as well as a sense of wonder, curiosity and an adventurous spirit that enables them to grow in confidence, embrace challenge and thrive in the modern world.