Wells Cathedral School welcomes families from the Armed Forces from all over the world. We are a family-orientated co-educational boarding and day school from 2-18 year olds which provides an all-round education alongside world-class Specialist Music and Chorister training.
Our vision is to inspire every individual pupil to nurture their talents in a vibrant, creative, spiritual and stimulating environment to become a responsible global citizen.
Our school has been in Wells and inspiring pupils for 1,111 years and our aim remains loyal to our Latin motto ‘Esto Quod Es’ (Be What You Are’). Our school focus is to develop an all-round character and talent in a safe, beautiful and stimulating environment.
We have eight houses which provide a family and community environment for both our day and boarding pupils. We are unique in that we assign our day pupils to a boarding house; we find that this creates additional opportunities to strengthen and expand friendship groups.
We offer boarding to Junior School pupils in Years 4-6 and Senior School pupils in Years 7-8 in the beautiful house and grounds of Claver Morris House. Our priority is to create a warm, caring, family environment.
For the Senior School pupils, we have seven single-sex houses providing a large family-type unit that integrates 20-40 boarding pupils with a similar number of day pupils.
Ritchie House is our bespoke, sixth form only co-educational house designed to provide a stepping stone from school life to university.
Our team of dedicated staff supports pupils through the challenges that growing up presents. Having a wide range of staff managed by Martin Ashton, Deputy Head of Pastoral Care, ensures each pupil has someone they can turn to. We believe that we must work in close partnership with parents; we initiate (and always welcome) frequent, open and honest communication.
We organise a variety of activities, from cinema, theatre and concert trips to outdoor activity centres. We also plan larger trips to theme parks, safari parks (Longleat), and city breaks. From Year 7, pupils are allowed to go into Wells unaccompanied and enjoy the many shops, cafés and weekly markets. Boarders can also make the most of our swimming pool, gym and our many concerts held in our performance hall, Cedars Hall.
Sons and daughters of members of the British Armed Forces qualify for reduced fees with an average saving across all years of 20.9%. For 2022/23 the fee for each pupil is CEA (including parental contribution) plus £350 per term.