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.
Tracing its history back to 909 AD, Wells Cathedral School is the oldest in the West Country and one of the oldest in the world. It was founded at the same time as the cathedral on the instructions of King Edward the Elder, the second ever king of England, as a joint institution for the education of choristers and those destined for the clergy. Over 1,100 years later this dual identity survives in the school’s unique status as an all-round school providing academic and co-curricular excellence, with a music specialist and choir school embedded within it.
We have been fully co-educational since 1969 at all the school’s age groups, from Little Wellies Nursery through to the Junior and Senior schools.
Our Music Specialist programme began in the 1970s, making us the only one of the four English Specialist Music Schools supported by the DfE to operate within the context of a proper school. In 2011 we built on our experience offering specialist music by launching a specialist mathematics scheme for gifted young mathematicians.
Today we are a thriving, multi-cultural, co-educational school with committed pupils in all areas of school life including academia, sport, drama, music and community service.
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.
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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