Wells Cathedral School

Wells Cathedral School is a family-orientated co-educational boarding and day school from 2-18 year olds which provides an all-round education alongside world-class Specialist Music and Chorister training. Founded in AD 909 Wells is among one of the oldest schools in Europe.

“Throughout the school, pupils develop an enthusiasm towards their learning, apply their knowledge confidently and articulately and achieve well academically” ISI Report.

Located in the heart of the medieval City of Wells in the beautiful surroundings of Somerset, the School is within easy access to Bristol Airport and Bath. The School has a proven record in academic excellence and offers 40+ co-curricular activities, specialist mathematics, and a strong creative arts programme. The School recently won the Independent School of the Year Award for Performing Arts. Sport is an integral part of the School’s overall education with numerous pupils gaining representation at county and national level.

Outdoor education activities include CCF (Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Band), DofE, orienteering, rock climbing, archery, hill walking, caving and an annual expedition. Wells encourages everyone to live up to their core values (Creativity, Aspiration, Responsibility and Endeavour - “CARE”) and their ancient motto (“Be What You Are”). The Head Master’s message underpins everything: “Care and be kind to each other, and to others.” 

Sons and daughters of members of the British Armed Forces qualify for reduced fees. For 2021/2022 the fee for each pupil is CEA (including parental contribution) plus £350 per term.

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Enquire about: Wells Cathedral School
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HeadMr Alastair Tighe
School TypeCombined co-education school
Jnior Age Range2 - 13
Senior Age Range13 - 18
AcademicGCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Vocational
Jnr Boarding Fees£8,295.00 per term
Snr Boarding Fees£10,476.00 per term
Sixth Form£11,126.00 per term
Forces DiscountThe fee for each pupil is CEA (including parental contribution) plus £350 per term.
Total Students727
Youngest Boarder8
Junior Boarders20
Senior Boarders241
Int'l Students147
Closest Airport 1Bristol (26km)
Closest Airport 2Exeter (100km)
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