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Hello, and welcome to the Wells Cathedral School Foundation.

Our School’s Foundation was established in 2007 with a vision to encourage philanthropy and enable new generations of Wellensians to experience enhanced facilities at the School.

Over the years, generous donations to the Foundation have contributed to the building of state of the art School facilities, including Cedars Hall, a professional performance venue in the heart of the School grounds.

Today the Foundation is shaping its vision for a future where no talented child has to turn down or give up a place at the School because of family circumstances. We have a proud tradition of supporting bursaries over the past 17 years which we look to amplify in the coming years.

If you would like to find out more, please click the links below. Or pick up the phone and give me a call – I’d love to chat to you about the difference your support can make.

Michelle Hancock
Director of Development & Head of Foundation
[email protected]
01749 834254

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Be what you are: stories of impact

Every donation made to the Wells Cathedral School Foundation supports pupils to become the best version of themselves – whether that is through means-tested bursaries which open up a Wells education to more talented young people, improvements to the fabric of our School or upgrading equipment that enhances pupils’ experience and outcomes. Here are just a few examples of the impact your support has made this year…

Daria, Lower Sixth
Lower Sixth

Daria joined Wells in Year 10. Now in the Lower Sixth, she is an incredibly driven and ambitious young woman. As well as sitting her GCSEs last summer, she also achieved the Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (her second language) while at the School.

“Although I studied piano and dance in my school in Ukraine, that’s not the main reason I chose to come to Wells. In fact I have focused on my academic subjects since coming here – but I really enjoy being part of a creative environment. I also wanted to improve my English. I am studying subjects I am really passionate about: Business Studies, Economics, and Art as well as an EPQ [Extended Project Qualification] focused on business start ups. I am planning to go to university here in the UK, which truly requires hard work for an international student. A bursary has allowed me to carry on my studies and prepare for my future in a school that supports me to be my best, in an environment that feels like home.”

Portrait of Sam
Upper Sixth

“I am Sam and I’m in the Upper Sixth. I am very grateful to be awarded a bursary to study at Wells. I joined last year with the aim of developing my sports skills, as the sports coaching here is really fantastic. The academic side is also very important to me, as I hope to go to university next year, and then join the army as a commissioned officer. Here at Wells, I have been able to have 1:1s with my sports coaches and take part in weekly strength and conditioning sessions which have really helped me to improve.

“I play both cricket and football, so the quality pitches that we have was one of the main attractions that brought me to the school, alongside the friendly atmosphere. Over the last year I have seen my knowledge and confidence rise massively as I have learnt so much in lessons and from my teachers.” 

Portrait of Horus
Year 11

Meet Horus, a Year 11 pupil, who was in dire need of an instrument upgrade to fulfil his potential on the oboe. He is thrilled to be playing an instrument which was recently given as part of a suite of instruments donated to the School by a generous donor.

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Wells Cathedral School Foundation: Registered Charity No: 1118159 / Registered Company No. 2804495