Wells Cathedral School

About Us

One of the oldest schools in Europe (founded AD909), Wells offers boys and girls aged 2-18 a modern education set within a beautiful historical backdrop. We’re located in the heart of Wells, the smallest city set in England’s countryside, which our pupils can safely explore and so gain independence. Wells is easily accessible from Bath and Bristol, which has an international airport. We arrange transportation to and from London Heathrow (2 ½ hours).

We are the only all-round school that provides an internationally-renowned specialist music scheme recognised by the government. We also have a full choral tradition with Wells Cathedral. Pupils of all musical abilities benefit from our musically-alive atmosphere and have opportunities to take advantage of our extraordinary music provision at a level that suits them, from general music lessons right up through our renowned Symphony Orchestra.

We have a proven record in academic excellence and provide a range of opportunities: specialist mathematics, 40+ co-curricular activities, an extensive creative arts programme and competitive/non-competitive sports, which together provide a brilliant foundation for life.

We encourage everyone to be what they are, ‘esto quod es,’ which (along with our emphasis on pastoral care) allows a broad variety of pupils to thrive here.

Voted one of Britain’s loveliest schools, Wells has an indescribable, magical atmosphere – you have to ‘See it to believe it!’

Good School Guide excerpts:

“There surely can’t be a lovelier place of learning anywhere”
“Undoubtedly a very happy community”
“Everywhere we looked we saw a kind of upbeat tranquillity blended with lively creativity”
“Children grow into kind, confident and accomplished young adults”

Independent School Inspectorate:
“Pupils reach high standards and demonstrate an eagerness to learn”

Independent Schools Guide

“Best School in the UK for Music”

Current Parent
“What I love about Wells is the happy and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone has a smile – and it is really infectious!”

GCSE Results Summary (2017)
Entrants awarded an A* to A (54.32%)
Entrants awarded A* to B (79.38%)

A Level Results Summary (2017)
Entrants awarded an A* or A: 48%
Entrants awarded an A* to B: 76%

  • Total Enrollment : 759
  • Type : Boarding/Day/Co-Educational/Ages 2-18
  • Boarding Grades : Year 4 - Year 13
  • Total Students : 759
  • Boarding Students : 288
  • Day Students : 471
  • ESL Offered : Yes
  • Summer Program : Yes
  • Avg. Class Size : 18
  • Standard Application : Yes
  • Academic URL : https://wells.cathedral.school/senior-school/#senior_curriculum
  • Sport URL : https://wells.cathedral.school/senior-school/#senior_sports
  • Music/Performing Arts