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 with a forward-looking Strategic Vision, Wells Cathedral School provides an encouraging and ambitious education for every child.
Whether your son or daughter is in the Sixth Form, Senior, Music, Prep, Pre-Prep or Nursery School, I believe 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.
The website provides you with an introduction to the wonderful education we offer to our pupils at Wells Cathedral School. But nothing beats seeing the school in action. So please do contact our Admissions team and make an appointment to come and see us. If you are unable to come in person, we also have prepared a Virtual Tour of our Senior School and Prep School (please see below). And, of course, our Admissions Team would also be delighted to make an appointment so you can meet us ‘virtually’. We look forward to hearing from you.
Alastair Tighe, Head Master
Wells Cathedral School achieved the highest possible description of “Excellent” in both pupil achievement (including academic development) and personal development.
Our independent school has a dynamic mix of boys and girls aged 2-18 who have a variety of talents across our various school stages: Little Wellies Nursery, Pre-Prep, Prep School, Senior School and Sixth Form. Our core belief and motto Esto Quod Es (Be What You Are) ties our School together and creates a happy, stimulating environment where all our pupils can thrive and develop their talents or even discover new ones.
Many pupils at Wells are accepted onto one of our programmes for exceptionally talented individuals. Some join these programmes when they enter the School, while others move up during their time with us, having benefited from the exceptional education we offer.
Pupils on our Elite Programmes benefit from our flexible approach, enabling them to make the most of their time at school. This might mean that some pupils take more A levels than others, for example. Our mentality is not “one size fits all”, but rather: “let’s work out what is best for your future”.
We are the only school in the UK that offers specialist music pre-professional training within an all-round independent school. This means that the most amazingly talented young musicians from around the world come to Wells, Somerset to benefit from world-class music training, while still pursuing academic and other pursuits. Click the following links to find out more about our Specialist Music Programme and Chorister Programme.
Based on our success with our music specialism, we launched a unique programme that stretches and challenges our exceptionally talented young mathematicians alongside our all-round independent school offering in Somerset. Click to find out more about our Specialist Maths Programme.
Our Sports Scholars – many of whom represent their country or county at their chosen sport – benefit from an individual tailored, coaching and mentoring programme that challenges them to reach even greater heights. Click to find out more about what we offer our Sports Scholars.