Wells Cathedral School

Wells Cathedral School
The Liberty, Wells, Somerset BA5 2ST
Tel: 01749 834200 Email: Web:

Name of Master: Mr Alastair Tighe

Age of pupils: 2 – 18

Number of pupils: Nursery 54, pre-prep and prep school 143, senior school 578

Fees: (termly) Prep school from £3,873 day, £10,239 boarding; senior school from £8,539 day, £13,992 boarding

Faith: Christian. All faiths welcome

Entrance Procedure: Non selective. Informal interview, Cognitive Ability Test, previous term reports and report from their current Head. Scholarship Days each January. Auditions for specialist music scheme.

Contact: Jo Prestidge, Registrar; 01749 834200


School Visits: Families are welcome all year, contact the admissions office for appointments. Open days are held in March, May and October.

Exam results 2023 GCSE’s: Grades 9-7: 52% Grades 9-5: 84% Grade 9-4: 94% Grades 9-1: 100%

A levels Grades A-A*: 42% Grades A*-B: 74% Grades A*-C: 88% Grades A*-E: 100%

The curriculum: Wells provides an innovative and bold curriculum with an Integrated Arts Programme, Modern Foreign Languages, STEM, a Specialist Music Scheme and a Specialist Maths Scheme. Offering over 25 subjects at GCSE and A level and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), around one third of senior school pupils are specialist musicians.

Games & the Arts Wells believes sport is an integral part of school life and encourages all pupils to take part. Good representation at County level and above. They offer over 15 sport options and are proud to have been named home to one of the 10 most picturesque cricket grounds in Britain by Chief Cricket writer Scyld Berry at The Telegraph. They won Muddy Stilettos’ Inventive Sports Programme in 2023. Drama has a reputation for ambitious productions and they won the Independent School of the Year Award for Performing Arts in 2020. Art flourishes with regular exhibitions in their dedicated performance centre, Cedars Hall. Wells was a Finalist for Co-Educational School in 2021 and Highly Commended for their Pre-Prep in 2022 at the Independent School of the Year Awards.

Pastoral Care Wells aims to provide all pupils with a family environment within a kind and caring community where they can be happy, healthy and, most importantly, who they are. With the mixed day and boarding houses, this warm atmosphere extends into the day-to-day life of every pupil making Wells not just a school but a home.

University Places Over 90 per cent to Russell Group, 5 per cent to Oxbridge, 25 per cent to one of the world’s leading music conservatoires (100 percent success rate for musicians applying to conservatoires).

Head Teacher’s Philosophy Our motto esto quod es – ‘Be what you are’ – powerfully represents the school’s belief in the individuality of each pupil, who grows to become the very best version of themselves. We encourage every Wellensian to be curious and open-minded, to develop their character in a positive way, and to nurture existing passions and discover new ones. We want all our leavers to be future members of society who have the courage to challenge prejudice, the compassion and humility to accept difference, the ability to be innovative thinkers, and the confidence to know they have received a principled and forward-thinking education grounded in timeless values.

Outstanding Characteristics Wells has been described by the Good Schools Guide and the Daily Telegraph as being the loveliest place of learning in the UK. The school’s buildings include medieval halls, and a state-of-the-art concert hall. Wells is one of just four specialist music schools in England, and is utterly unique as the only specialist music school in the world in the context of an all-round school.

ISI Report 2023: The school has a culture where all are respected and valued for who they are. Wells Cathedral School is an excellent example where a wide range of individuals: extremely gifted musicians, mathematicians, sports players, boarding and day pupils and the neurodiverse interact with respect, sensitivity and tolerance. Pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding are excellent in all areas of the curriculum and develop strongly as they move through the school. Throughout the school, pupils develop an enthusiasm towards their learning, apply their knowledge confidently and articulately and achieve well academically.

Good Schools Guide 2024: A happy, unpretentious and very busy school where gifted musicians and non-musicians complement each other brilliantly. Set in the heart of a historic city, it wears its antiquity lightly while staying faithful to its founding principles and giving youngsters a top-notch education.