Wells Cathedral School

About Wells Cathedral School

Wells Cathedral School

Children have been educated at Wells Cathedral School for over a thousand years, in what has to be one of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring locations. But while a sense of place provides something crucial as a child grows up and learns about themselves and the world in which they live, it is even more important that every child feels comfortable and secure enough to be able to discern, explore and test their own talents and interests. Grounded in a timeless tradition and ethos since its origins as a chorister school, yet adept enough to relish the challenges of the 21st century, Wells Cathedral School provides an encouraging and ambitious education for every child.

Whether in the Senior, Music, Junior or Nursery School, all children’s school days should be filled with opportunities to explore a range of interests and ideas; some will stick, some won’t, but all experiences are valuable and formative. At Wells, we give our pupils numerous opportunities to discover and nurture individual passions, in turn propelling them into a successful and fulfilling life beyond school. We are interested in the education of the whole child so that our pupils become thoughtful, confident, articulate, creative and caring individuals.


School Address Wells Cathedral School, 15 The Liberty, Wells, Somerset BA5 2ST
Number of Pupils 784
Pupils Prep 199
Number of Boarders 272
International Boarders 152
Religious Tradition Christian, but we welcome pupils from all faiths and none.
Distance from Airports

Bristol – 16.3 miles (31 minutes); Heathrow – 11 miles (2 hours 11 minutes)

Distance from London

129 miles (2 hours 56 minutes by car)

Educational Programmes

Lower School (Years 7 – 9) Students study Art, Classics, English, French, Geography, History, Maths, Music, Religious Studies, Science and PSHE together with a course exploring a range of technology subjects. Students also can study a choice of German, Spanish and Italian. We recognise that all pupils need a proper balance of recreation and physical exercise so we also include sport, integrated arts (consisting of art, music, drama and dance), as well as less conventional outdoor education pursuits. Choristers and specialist musicians work together in dedicated forms following individually tailored learning programmes. Upper School (Years 10 and 11) We personalise your learning to follow a curriculum at a pace and in a direction that suits your needs and plays to your strengths but pushes you to reach your potential. We give you more freedom than lower school students and encourage you to take responsibility for developing your own interests and skills within clear structures. In the upper school, pupils prepare for their GCSE examinations. You can choose three GCSE options in addition to the core subjects of Mathematics, English language and literature, a modern foreign language (usually from French, German or Spanish), Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Religious Studies. This provides a comprehensive platform so your options are open when you come to choosing your A Levels. All pupils follow a PSHE course, and take part in the varied sport, PE and outdoor education programme. Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) Our Sixth Form gives students the inspiration and independence that they crave along with the flexibility and vast range of opportunities needed to help them meet their potential. The curriculum caters both for those who want breadth and variety of academic possibilities and for those requiring depth and intensity. We vary our subject choices across the traditional divisions of the arts, sciences and humanities on demand. Musicians can adopt a flexible programme, which allows them more time for music practice and performance. Having reviewed alternatives (including the International Baccalaureate), we believe that the A Levels together with the opportunity to work for the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provide the best structure for both specialisation and breadth for our students.

Co-Curricular Programmes

Wells provides a full and rich programme around and beyond academic choices. All pupils study PSHE, life skills and take part in a regular enrichment programme of visiting talks through our DeWinton Series. We also encourage you to commit to a range of other activities, such as music, sport, drama, public speaking, Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, community service and many others.