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 your son or daughter is in the Sixth Form, Senior, Music, Junior 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. Ordinarily, we would also be very keen to invite you to come and see the School yourselves and to meet us. However, since we are unable to accept visitors to the site at the moment, we have prepared a Virtual Tour of our Senior School and Junior School (please see below). We also would be delighted to meet with you ‘virtually’ – please contact our Admissions Department to set up an appointment. And as soon as we are open again physically do please come and see us!
Alastair Tighe, Head Master
Our school is comprised of a dynamic mix of boys and girls aged 2-18 who have a variety of talents across our various school stages: Little Wellies Nursery, Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form which are complemented by our Specialist Music Faculty. Our core belief and motto Esto Quod Es (Be What You Are) is what ties our school together and lends itself to a happy, stimulating environment where all our pupils can thrive and develop their talents or even discover new ones.
We are the only school in the UK that offers specialist music pre-professional training within a dynamic school where specialists can learn alongside non-specialists studying the national curriculum. All pupils benefit from this unique combination; specialists remain grounded and non-specialists can take advantage of the extra opportunities our music programme creates. Find out more about our specialist music programme.
Based on our success with our music specialism, we introduced a specialist mathematics programme – find out more.
We provide a flexible education so that specialists and non-specialists alike can make the most of their time at school and have a brilliant foundation to build on as an adult. This might mean some pupils take more A levels than others or some pupils spend more time developing in a specific field. We don’t have a “one size fits all” mentality; we have a “let’s work out what’s best for your future” mentality.