Wells Cathedral School

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.

“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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HeadMr Alastair Tighe
School TypeCombined co-education school
Junior Age Range2 - 13
Senior Age Range13 - 18
AcademicGCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Boarding Fees From£12,529.00 per term
Forces DiscountThe fee for each pupil is CEA (including parental contribution) plus £350 per term.
Total Students756
Youngest Boarder8
Junior Boarders21
Senior Boarders238
Int'l Students176
Closest Airport 1Bristol (26km)
Closest Airport 2Exeter (100km)