Applications for 2017 are now closed.
Please check back in autumn 2017 for details on our 2018 English summer school.


Develop Your English. Have Fun. Compete for Scholarships.
15th – 29th August 2017
£1,695 Residential

We offer overseas students (aged 14-17) an opportunity to participate in a series of fun and exciting academic challenges in history, drama, maths, creative arts and more. Experience life at Wells, a UK boarding school based in a stunning location with beautiful historic buildings and an impressive range of academic and sports facilities.

We recommend that participants must be at least a B1 on the CEFR (preferably B2).

The Challenges

Photography / Music Technology
Outdoor Education

Days Out


We’re bringing our drama activities to life with a trip to see Julius Caesar and the home of William Shakespeare, Statford-upon-Avon.


You’ll see what Bath is a city so beautiful and special that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. A trip to Bath wouldn’t be complete without looking around the historic Roman Baths.


If ever there was a city with a story to tell, it’s Bristol. Enveloped in the hills of South West England, it has its own unmistakable identity, grounded in roots from centuries past and carved out since by passionate locals and spirited fans. See it for yourself along with a trip to the fascinating At-Bristol Science Centre.

Duke of Edinburgh Overnight Adventure

Put your outdoor education challenge to the test with an overnight camping trip!

Scholarships and Prizes

One of the highlights of the summer school will be the formal Gala Dinner at the end. We will award certificates for the winner of each challenge and name the overall winner who will receive free EAL support for a year at Wells.

A Typical Day

9.00 am – Language workshop
10.30 am – Break
11.00 am – Taught session (subject specialist)
12.30 pm – Lunch
1.30 pm – Guided project work (individual or group) session 1
2.45 pm – Break


3.00 pm – Guided project work (individual or group) session 2
4.00 pm – Sports / recreation activities
5.30 pm – Dinner
6.30 pm – Project presentation
7.30 pm – Evening social event
9.30 pm – Back in house

Our Staff

Julia Bird
Head of EAL
Kim Richards
EAL Specialist
Geoffrey Baker-Hytch
EAL Specialist
Jack Coward
Head of Music Technology
Helen Tallett
Head of Chemistry
Charlotte Farmer
Head of Physics
Anna Brown
Head of PSHE
Chris Rondel
Head of Outdoor Education
Ruth Kemp
Mathematics Specialists

Other Activities

Next Steps


If you would like to find out more, please call our admissions team on 01749 834441. To apply to join our Academic Challenge in English, please return our ACE Application Form and Medical Form to [email protected] or Summer School Administrator, Admissions Team, Wells Cathedral School, The Liberty, Wells, BA5 2ST. 

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