All our pupils live as part of an accepting community where being friends with people with extraordinary talents is accepted as the norm. We invite everyone to ‘give it a go’ so pupils of all abilities can join in at a level that suits them and make the most of all we have to offer. Everyone has a refreshing sense of mutual respect for each other, whatever their interests and talents.
We provide a wide range of opportunities to support everybody to be the best versions of themselves so they can develop their existing talents and discover new ones. Wells offers a:
We are always open to new ideas and will do our best to accommodate your interests if you’d like something we don’t currently offer.
We ensure that there is an appropriate mixture of structure and freedom to suit each student from their early days in the Junior School through to the end of their time with us in the Sixth Form, which offers excellent preparation for further education or future careers. With this in mind, our flexibility enables all our students to make the most of their time at school and establishes a brilliant foundation to build on as an adult. This might mean some students take more GCSEs or A-Levels than others; whilst some students 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.
Although we have a rich history of traditions, we have always been enthusiastic to embrace new ideas. In 1969 we became one of the first independent schools to become fully co-educational, when twenty-nine girls arrived in the Junior School, and from 1970 onwards girls were admitted to all areas. Even today we are one of the few schools that can claim to be genuinely 50/50. Girls and boys are evenly integrated, from Little Wellies Nursery through to our Sixth Form. We are committed to co-education in all that we do, believing that this is a normal and natural extension of family life, enhancing the way children grow up together and allowing them to explore their identities.
Also in 1970, twelve young violinists were admitted to the newly endowed Music School, whose building was officially opened in 1974 by Lord Goodman, then Chairman of the Arts Council. The decision in the 1970s to incorporate the Specialist Music Scheme means that Wells is the only one of the four English Specialist Music Schools supported by the DfE to operate within the context of a proper school.
We were also one of the first choir schools to introduce girl choristers in 1994. In 2000 we embraced new developments when the world was rapidly changing by delivering aspects of the A-Level curriculum online. In 2011 we built on our experience offering specialist music to launching a specialist mathematics scheme for gifted young mathematicians.
Today we are a thriving co-educational school that incorporates choristers, talented musicians and gifted mathematicians alongside our broad and multi-cultural school community.
Through our close relationship with Wells Cathedral, we combine work, study and spirituality in a creative mix that runs in harmony with the whole school family. Our school chaplain looks after the overall spiritual life of the school and is available to everyone in the community, whether they have a personal christian faith or not. We have weekly services in Wells Cathedral for the whole senior school and a Sunday evening service for boarders. In addition the whole school gathers together in the cathedral for major Christian festivals.
We show the way to live well and happily, and our students are inspired to live with integrity and social responsibility, upholding our rich Christian tradition.
We recognise the importance of IT in the modern world and encourage our students to make appropriate use of IT across all subjects in the curriculum and for their social benefit. As part of this, we recommend that all pupils bring a device with them to lessons. This enables research, collaboration, content creation and all of the other benefits which technology can provide, whenever the teacher chooses to make use of them. Our wifi network covers the whole of the campus and specialist IT suites are available for subjects such as Photography, Music Technology and Computing.
In order to encourage effective, responsible and appropriate use of IT, we have an active ‘Digital Citizenship’ programme, which aims to equip our pupils for the modern world and encourages safe, appropriate use of the internet.
We plan annual trips to our partner school in Sierra Leone. We also have regular exchanges with our partnered school in Guangzhou – Xinghai Middle School of Music.
At Wells, we work to nurture and stimulate every child and to provide a secure educational atmosphere, within a setting that is musically alive. We aim to create a supportive, non-stigmatised and inclusive educational environment that promotes learning and development for all of our children irrespective of their starting point.
We believe that every pupil in our school should have an equal opportunity to enjoy their education and make the best possible progress. We have high but appropriate expectations of our pupils; embedding our philosophy of esto quod es (be what you are) into our practice, and valuing all children for their individual strengths.
Our SEN team is led by the Heads of Learning Support, spreading across the Senior School, Junior School and Early Years Foundation Stage; Lauren Hadley, Juliet Knollys and Rebecca Allen respectively. Please feel free to contact us on 01749 834200 or follow the links below if you would like any further information.
You can find out more information about Somerset’s Local Offer at Somerset Choices: www.somersetchoices.org.uk
We are one of the very few independent schools to have moved to a six term year. Our terms tend to be shorter than maintained sector schools largely because we have school on Saturday mornings for pupils from year 9 upwards. Although lessons on Saturday might seem like a challenge to some, most families find that it isn’t all that different than the typical Saturday activities most families participate in anyhow, and enjoy being able to avoid the peak travel fees during the holidays!
2 hours from London Heathrow
28 minutes from Bristol Airport
40 minutes from Bath Spa
Leave the M4 Motorway at Junction 19 (M32). In Bristol, follow signs for Wells A37.
Leave the M3 Motorway at Junction 8 and join the A303 westwards. Follow signs for Warminster (A36), then Frome (A362), then Shepton Mallet (A361) and then Wells (A371).
From the South West
Leave the M5 Motorway at Junction 23 and join the A39 eastwards following signs for Wells.
From the West Midlands
Leave the M5 Motorway at Junction 20 and take the M4 eastwards and leave the motorway at Junction 19 (M32). In Bristol, follow the signs for Wells A37.
Set in the heart of the medieval city of Wells, Wells Cathedral School’s beautiful backdrop has inspired generations. Wells is the smallest city in England and is surrounded by lovely countryside – quintessential England at its finest…
Home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. Surrounded by a breathtaking moat you can cross a flagstone drawbridge, under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem.
Vicars’ Close dates back to the 14th century, and it is the oldest street in Europe with all the buildings intact. You’ll often find yourself walking along this lovely street as you go about your school life at Wells.
A couple minutes walk will take you to the bustling High Street in Wells, with a range of shops, cafes and even a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The present Cathedral in Wells, started in 1180 and largely completed by 1306, is one of the most impressive cathedrals in Britain. It survives along with all of the original buildings. It has been described as “the most poetic of the English Cathedrals.”
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