Wells Cathedral School

Co-educational Senior and Prep School, Somerset

Wells Cathedral School is 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. Founded in AD 909 Wells is among one of the oldest schools in Europe. Located in the heart of the medieval City of Wells in the beautiful surroundings of Somerset, the School is within easy access to Bristol Airport and Bath.

The School has a proven record in academic excellence and offers 40+ co-curricular activities, specialist mathematics, and a strong creative arts programme. The School recently won the Independent School of the Year Award for Performing Arts. Sport is an integral part of the School’s overall education with numerous pupils gaining representation at county and national level. Outdoor education activities include CCF (Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Band), DofE, orienteering, rock climbing, archery, hill walking, caving and an annual expedition. Wells encourages everyone to live up to their core values (Creativity, Aspiration, Responsibility and Endeavour - “CARE”) and their ancient motto (“Be What You Are”).


The Head Master’s message underpins everything: “Care and be kind to each other, and to others.” 


Sons and daughters of members of the British Armed Forces qualify for a 15% discount off fees.

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“Pastoral care was voted outstanding by all we spoke to.” Good Schools Guide “The quality of pupils’ development is excellent.” ISI Report
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Head Mr Alastair Tighe
School Type Combined co-education school
Junior Age Range 2 - 13
Senior Age Range 13 - 18
Academic GCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Total Students 756
Youngest Boarder 8
Int'l Students 176