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Wells Cathedral School

Address: The Liberty, Wells, Somerset BA5 2ST
Founded: 909 AD
Number of Pupils: Nursery – 58 | Junior – 152 | Senior – 565
Ages: 2-18
Fees: (termly) junior school, from £2,770 day, £8,502 boarding; senior school from £6,436 day, £10,738 boarding
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 all year, contact the admissions office for appointments. Open days are held in March, May and Oct.

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.

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. Drama has a reputation for 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 60 per cent to Russell Group, 10 per cent to Oxbridge, 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 motto esto quod es – ‘Be what you are’ – powerfully represents our school’s belief in the individuality of each pupil, who grow and become the very best version of themselves. We encourage every Wellensian to be curious and open-minded, to develop their character in a positive way, and to nurture existing passions and discover new ones. We all live by our core values of creativity, aspiration, responsibility and endeavour.

Outstanding Characteristics

Wells has been described by the Good Schools Guide and the Daily Telegraph as being the loveliest place of learning in the UK. The school’s buildings include medieval halls, and a state-of-the-art concert hall. Wells is one of just four specialist music schools in England, and is utterly unique as the only specialist music school in the world in the context of an all-round school.

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