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Wells Cathedral School

Address: Cedars House, 15 The Liberty, Wells, Somerset BA5 2ST
Founded: 909 AD
Number of Pupils: Nursery – 58 | Junior – 152 | Senior – 556
Ages: 2-18
Fees (per term): Junior – Day: from £2,636; boarding: from £8,093 | Senior – Day: from £6,126; boarding: from £10,220
Head Teacher: Alastair Tighe
Religious Affiliation: Christian, all faiths welcome
Entrance Procedure: : Non selective. Informal interview, Cognitive Ability Test, previous term’s reports and a report from head of current school. Scholarship Day each January. Music auditions for specialist music scheme.
Contact: Jo Prestidge, Registrar. 01749 834441
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Families are welcome any time of the year. Please contact the admissions office to make an appointment. Open days are held in March, May and October.

The Curriculum

We provide an innovative and bold curriculum with an Integrated Arts Programme, Modern Foreign Languages, STEM, a Specialist Music Scheme and a Specialist Maths Scheme. We offer over 25 subjects at GCSE and A-level and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Around one quarter of senior school pupils are specialist musicians, who follow a uniquely tailored programme including 1-2-1 lessons and professional standard performance opportunities.

Games & the Arts

We believe sport is an integral part of school life and encourage pupils of all abilities to take part. We offer over 15 sport options and are proud to have the best cricket grounds in Somerset. We are unique in being one of the four Specialist Music Schools in England but within a setting of an independent school. This allows us to cater for musicians of exceptional talent on specifically designed programmes and also to provide a very broad range of musical opportunities for those who pursue music as a hobby. Our drama department has built a reputation for strong and ambitious productions such as Les Misérables which was attended by Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Art flourishes with regular exhibitions in our dedicated performance centre, Cedars Hall.

Pastoral Care

At Wells we aim to provide all pupils with a family environment within a kind and caring community where they can be happy, healthy and, most importantly, who they are. With the mixed day and boarding houses situated in the heart of the school, this warm atmosphere extends into the day-to-day life of every pupil making Wells not just a school but a home.

University Places

Over 90 per cent of our pupils secure places to one of their first two choices of university. Over 60 per cent to Russell Group, ten per cent to Oxford or Cambridge, around 25 per cent to one of the world’s leading music conservatoires. We have a 100 per cent success rate for musicians applying to conservatoires.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Our ancient motto ‘Esto quod es’ (Be what you are) succinctly and powerfully represents our school’s belief in the individuality of each pupil. But we also want them to grow and become the very best version of themselves that they can be. We encourage each and every Wellensian to be curious and open-minded, to develop their character in a positive way, and to nurture existing passions as well as discover new ones. We all live by our core values of creativity, aspiration, responsibility and endeavour, which appropriately enough spell ‘C.A.R.E.’, and this represents the most important thing of all – that we all take care of each other, and that we are kind to each other.

Outstanding Characteristics

Founded in 909 AD and one of the oldest schools in Europe, Wells has been described by both the Good Schools Guide and the Daily Telegraph as being the loveliest place of learning in the UK. The school’s buildings are stunning, encompassing medieval halls, beautiful Georgian boarding houses, and a state-of-the-art 21st century concert hall. Outdoor learning and sport are central to the school, as are creativity and the arts: Wells is one of just four specialist music schools in England, and is utterly unique in being the only specialist music school in the world to be situated within the context of an all-round school, meaning that pupils benefit from the best of both worlds. More important than all of this, however, is the strong sense of family, acceptance and kindness that makes Wells such a very special place in which to live and learn.

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