Number of pupils: 700. 200 sixth form pupils; 270 boarders
Fee structure: Junior School Day fees: from £2,770 per term; Junior School Boarding fees: from £8,502 per term. Senior School Day fees: from £6,436 day per term; Senior School Boarding fees: from £10,738 per term
Faith: Christian. All faiths welcome
Exam Results 2020: GCSE: 9-4 = 97% A Level: A* – C = 90%
The curriculum: Wells Cathedral School provides an innovative and bold curriculum with an Integrated Arts Programme, Modern Foreign Languages, STEM, a Specialist Music Scheme and a Specialist Maths Scheme. Around one quarter of Senior School pupils are specialist musicians, however, it’s unique in being the only specialist music school in the world to be situated within the context of an all-round school, meaning that pupils benefit from “the best of both worlds.”
Co-curricular: Sport is an integral part of school life and they encourage pupils of all abilities to take part. They offer over 15 sport options and are proud to have the best cricket grounds in Somerset. The drama department has built a reputation for ambitious productions (one was attended by Sir Cameron Mackintosh!). Art flourishes with regular exhibitions in Cedars Hall, and CCF has over 200 cadets. A recent ISI report noted “The quality of pupils development is excellent.” The school won the Independent School of The Year Award for Performing Arts in 2020 and has also been shortlisted for Co-ed School of The Year 2021.
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 situated in the heart of the school, this warm atmosphere extends into the day-to-day life of every pupil making Wells not just a school but a home. The Good Schools Guide 2020 noted “Pastoral care was voted outstanding by all we spoke to.”
Outstanding characteristics: There is a strong sense of family, acceptance and kindness at the school that makes it a very special place in which to live and learn. Wells encourages every pupil to be curious and open-minded. Their core values of Creativity, Aspiration, Responsibility and Endeavour, (CARE) represents the most important thing of all – that we all take care of each other, and that we are kind to each other.