APPLICATION PROCESS

We’re delighted that you’re applying to Wells! Our pupils benefit from extraordinary teachers, small class sizes, a rich array of extracurricular programs, and much more. We’re looking for intelligent, active young people who are ready to participate in the School’s varied activities and classes. We also welcome your application if you’re not experiencing success or fulfilment in school, but are willing to try to do better work with our support.
Joanna Prestidge, Registrar in our Admissions Team
Joanna Prestidge
Registrar

Our Admissions Team are here to help so if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to hear from you! Here are some of the different ways that can use to get in touch:

Phone: 01749 834441
Email: [email protected]
Via our online form

We want your application process to be clear and easy so we provided you with step by step instructions below. However, if you have any questions, please contact our Admissions Team on 01749 834 441 / [email protected], and we’ll be happy to help.

We accept applications year-round for entrance when space permits, and pupils can enter the school at different levels. We look forward to working with you through the application process.

Step 1. Request information

Simply contact admissions, and we’ll send you information relevant for your family.

Step 2. Arrange a visit or online meeting and/or attend an Open Day

Nothing beats seeing our beautiful independent 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, our Admissions Team would also be delighted to make an appointment so you can meet us ‘virtually’. We look forward to hearing from you.You can also join us for an Open Day, which are held throughout the year.

Step 3. Register

To register, fill in this Registration Form and return it with the registration fee to our admissions team. 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. If you’re interested in applying for one of our scholarships, you will also need to return the relevant form with the registration form.

See our Scholarships Section for details. 

Please see our Financial Assistance Section for details on how to apply for a bursary.

Step 4. Attend the Entrance Day and/or Scholarship Day

Once you have registered, we will invite any pupils currently in Year 9 or below for an online academic assessment and have a short virtual interview, either individually or in groups. We also will send details about our Scholarship Assessments and Music Auditions, where relevant, to pupils who have applied for a Scholarship.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Your child can start at Wells any time from Nursery right up to Upper Sixth. As the process and entry requirements vary from year to year, please refer to the detailed information below that applies to your family.

Nursery

We welcome children from 2 years old, and we help them to adjust to nursery life over two weeks before they start their full sessions. Typically, children join us for at least three sessions a week and eventually build up to a full week, if desired, as they get older.

We recommend you contact our Admissions Team on 01749 834441 well before your child’s second birthday to ensure we have availability.

Find out more about Little Wellies Nursery

Junior School (Reception - Year 6)

Whilst pupils normally start in the Michaelmas Term, we often have vacancies available at other times of the year. We will ask your child to do an assessment exercise. We will need a satisfactory reference from the Head of their current school (where applicable).
Find out more about our Junior School

Lower School (Years 7 - 9)

We hold assessment tests throughout the year, typically on a visit or taster day. Please remember you have to register before your child can take part. For prep school candidates, we mark Common Entrance 13+ Examination; however it is not a requirement for entry and all candidates sit our own assessment tests. We do not provide past papers.

We will need a satisfactory reference from the Head of their current school.

Find out more about our Senior School.

Upper School (Years 10 - 11)

Pupils enter the Upper School to begin the two-year GCSE course. Candidates will be interviewed and will need a satisfactory reference from the Head of their current school.

For pupils going into Year 10, we hold assessment tests throughout the year. Please remember you have to register before your child can take part.

Find out more about our Senior School.

Sixth Form

Candidates will have an initial interview with the Head Master or a member of the Senior Team. They will need a satisfactory report from the Head of their current school. Pupils will need satisfactory IGCSE or GCSE results in at least six subjects at grades 9-4 (A* to C ) and typically a minimum of grade 7 or 6 (A or B) in the chosen areas of Sixth Form study. Exceptions to this may be made for those following a Specialist Music course.

Find out more about our Sixth Form.