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 FormSenior, MusicJunior 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 Junior 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

Virtual Tour of Our Senior School

Virtual Tour of Our Junior School

Why Wells?

We provide a well rounded education for all our pupils so that they will go on to be successful individuals in society throughout their lives. See below for how we achieve this and create a unique, magical atmosphere with a family feel that you have to see to believe!

Esto Quod Es

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.

Click here to find out how we incorporate this philosophy throughout the School.

Beautiful Surroundings

Our beautiful school in the historic city of Wells has inspired people for hundreds of years. It is easy to see why The Telegraph and The Good Schools Guide named us the loveliest school in the UK…

You can find out more about our location here.

Specialist Programmes

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.

Amazing Opportunities

We have activities to support everybody to be their best self, which include:

  • a proven track record in academic excellence
  • a specialist music scheme
  • a specialist mathematics scheme
  • 40+ extra-curricular opportunities to choose from
  • a strong creative arts programme, ranging from dance, music, art, drama and more
  • competitive and non-competitive sports
  • an outdoor programme, including Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

If you happen to be interested in something we don’t offer, we are always open to new ideas and will do our best to accommodate.

See our Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form pages for more details on what we have to offer.

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