Wells Cathedral School

Wells Cathedral School is a family-orientated co-educational boarding and day school for 2-18 year olds which provides an all-round education alongside world-class Specialist Music and Chorister training. Our mission is to inspire every individual pupil to nurture their talents in a vibrant, creative, spiritual and safe environment.

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

Founded in AD 909, Wells is among one of the oldest and most beautiful schools in Europe. Located in the stunning and “typically English” surroundings of rural Somerset, the School is within easy access to Bristol Airport and Bath. The School has a proven record in academic excellence and offers 60+ co-curricular activities as well as specialist music and mathematics. The School recently won the Independent School of the Year Award for Performing Arts, and has been shortlisted for Sporting Achievement. Sport is an integral part of the School’s overall education with numerous pupils gaining representation at county and national level.

Inspired by its Christian values and close links with the Cathedral, 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.” The School offers a safe, supportive and inclusive environment, with pupils from more than 35 countries. 


Scholarships and Bursaries are available in a variety of areas.

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
Junior Age Range2 - 13
Senior Age Range13 - 18
AcademicGCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Jnr Boarding Fees£8,502.00 per term
Snr Boarding Fees£10,738.00 per term
Sixth Form£11,404.00 per term
Forces DiscountThe fee for each pupil is CEA (including parental contribution) plus £350 per term.
Total Students756
Youngest Boarder8
Junior Boarders21
Senior Boarders238
Int'l Students176
Closest Airport 1Bristol (26km)
Closest Airport 2Exeter (100km)
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