Fees

From September 2017
Tuition & Boarding Fees

Please see below for tuition and boarding fees for our different school stages.

Sixth Form (Years 12 - 13 Inclusive)

Boarder: £30,696 p.a. (3 x £10,232)
Weekly Boarder: £27,165 p.a. (3 x £9,055)
Day: £18,342 p.a. (3 x £6,114)

Upper School (Years 10 - 11 Inclusive)

Boarder: £30,015 p.a. (3 x £10,005)
Weekly Boarder: £26,559 p.a. (3 x £8,853)
Day: £17,925 p.a. (3 x £5,975)

Lower School (Years 7 - 9 inclusive)

Boarder: £28,899 p.a. (3 x £9,633)
Weekly Boarder: £25,593 p.a. (3 x £8,531)
Day: £17,325 p.a. (3 x £5,775)

Junior School (Years 3 - 6 inclusive)

Boarder: £24,465 p.a. (3 x £8,155)
Weekly Boarder: £21,495 p.a. (3 x £7,165)
Day: £14,064 p.a. (3 x £4,688)

Pre-Prep (Years 1 - 2)

Day: £ 7,716 p.a. (3 x £2,572)

Reception

Day: £ 7,455 p.a. (3 x £2,485)

Little Wellies Nursery

Please see our Little Wellies section for session times and fees.

English as an Additional Language EAL

Additional £3,132 p.a. (3 x £1,044) on top of day or boarding fees

Wells International Study Centre WISC

Boarder: £34,806 p.a. (3 x £11,602)

Music Fees

Payable in addition to the tuition and boarding fees. The school offers three categories of musical opportunity, masterclasses and instrument hire.

Specialist Musicians (pupils follow a tailored timetable and curriculum)

Additional £12,348 p.a. (3 x £4,116) on top of day or boarding fee

Special Provision Musicians (slightly less intensive course and tailored timetable)

Tuition – at the rate of £65 per hour

General Musicians

Tuition – at the rate of £54 per hour

Consultants/Master Classes

Tuition – at the rate of £101 per hour

Instrument hire (percussion holiday hire at separate rates - please contact Music Department for details)

£135 p.a. (3 x £45)

For those families with more than one child in the school, we reduce 5% of the actual fee for the second child, 20% for the third, 40% for the fourth, and 80% for the fifth child.

Sons and daughters of clergy and members of the UK armed forces may qualify for a bursary equating to 10% of the relevant fees.

We also offer a range of scholarships based on merit and needs-based bursaries – see below for details.

The school operates a six-term year but annual fees are invoiced in three equal amounts and are payable on or before the start of the Michaelmas (September), Epiphany (January) and Whitsun (April) terms. Parents must give one full terms’ notice (i.e. prior to the end Advent for Lent, Lent for Whitsun and Whitsun for Advent) to withdraw their child from school, failing which one third of the annual fees is payable as fees in lieu of notice. Provisional notice may be given when a child is awaiting examination results or an entrance exam to another school.

Scholarships

We award a number of scholarships each year to recognise a variety of talents.
Overview

Every year we award a number of scholarships to recognise a variety of current talents. Scholarships are worth up to 10% (apart from music scholarships) of day fees and are based on current merit. The majority of our music awards are entirely needs-based and may be up to 100% of fees. We may supplement scholarships with further financial assistance based on your family’s needs – see our ‘Financial Assistance’ section below.

Scholarship recipients also benefit from enhanced opportunities in their particular area(s) to help them develop their talents.

High Starters

We award our scholarships to students who we would term as being ‘high starters’ in particular disciplines. As a school with the latest research-informed practice at its heart, we believe ‘gifted and talented’ is a label that applies to all of us. However, we know that we all start at different levels in any given aspect of life, based partly on genetics and partly on nurture up to that present moment. Research shows that we can get more capable and intelligent for the rest of our lives. We use the word ‘current’ as ability can increase or decrease over time depending on the individual’s engagement. Those currently of high ability are termed ‘high starters’ for that reason, but also because others might in time join them through deliberate and focused practise.

What you need to know before applying
  • You can only apply for and hold one scholarship; however, another scholarship may be applied for and awarded in an honorary (non-financial) sense. If this is something you are interested in doing please contact Charlotte Farmer, Head of Academic Enrichment, at [email protected]
  • You will need to complete and return our Registration Form with the registration fee and the relevant scholarship application form by the deadline to be considered for our scholarships (apart from our choral pre-auditions and our Be a Mathematician for a Day event). Please note that if you wish to fill out the Registration Form electronically, you need to download it first in order for your details to save properly.
  • Students currently at Wells should speak to their tutor before making an application; internal candidates will only be considered for 11+, 13+ and 16+ scholarships.
Scholarship Opportunities

See the links below for further information and how to apply.

Financial Assistance

We make need-based financial awards (bursaries) to families from a broad range of income levels. However, for our bursary programme to be truly effective and to aid as many deserving families as possible, it is expected that families will make their children's education a financial priority.

Does Wells seem like the perfect school for your family? If so, please don’t let your family’s finances stop you from finding out more about us. We are committed to helping families to finance their children’s education, and we can work together to try to resolve any financial challenges you might have.

We make need-based financial awards (bursaries) to families from a broad range of income levels. However, for our bursary programme to be truly effective and to aid as many deserving families as possible, it is expected that families will make their children’s education a financial priority.

The goal of our bursary programme is twofold: to attract and enrol pupils from diverse backgrounds; and to offer our unique educational opportunity to deserving pupils whose parents lack the means themselves. Bursaries may take a variety of forms. Examples include a percentage of tuition or boarding fees, a proportion of the difference between tuition and boarding fees, and a fixed sum.

Bursaries are strictly need-based. While the admission and bursary processes at Wells are separate we attempt to notify all new students and their families of our bursary decisions at the same time that we notify them of our admission decisions.

Applying for financial support

Our partners, Bursary Administration Limited, carry out financial circumstances assessments on our behalf. The process includes a home visit where they will view your financial paperwork. They will then send us a report, which is considered by our Bursary Committee.

If you would like us to provide Bursary Administration Limited with your details, please contact our admissions team at 01749 834441 / [email protected] with your request when you register. Bursary Administration Limited will contact you to talk you through the process and make arrangements to visit your home at a time that is convenient to you. They will also let you know the documentation they will need to see during their visit.

Please remember that we also award a number of scholarships each year to recognise a variety of talents. Scholarships are awarded on merit and are worth up to 10% of tuition fees, apart from music scholarships. Click here to find out more information about our scholarships.

You also can contact the Educational Grants Advice Service for grants information and advice on  +44 (0)1932 865619 from 9am-11am, Monday – Friday.