School Data

Gender Mixed
Age 2 - 18
Type Boarding Day School Flexi-Boarding Weekly Boarding
Size 766
Bursaries Available

Wells Cathedral School, Somerset –  generous financial discounts offered to the sons and daughters of serving members of the Armed Forces.

Headmaster: Alastair Tighe

Open Days & Events

Families are welcome any time of the year.  Please contact the admissions office to make an appointment. Open days are held in March, May and October.

Open Days

Contact Details

Wells Cathedral School

The Liberty, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2ST

Wells Cathedral School

The Liberty, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2ST

Wells Cathedral School welcomes families from the Armed Forces from all over the world. We are a family-orientated co-educational boarding and day school for 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 with stunning medieval halls, beautiful Georgian boarding houses and a state-of-the-art 21st century concert hall. Located in the heart of the medieval, cathedral city of Wells and surrounded by wonderful countryside, our children can enjoy the fresh air, green fields, open spaces and freedom in a safe environment.

Heads Welcome

Children have been educated at Wells Cathedral School for over a thousand years, in what has to be one of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring locations. But while a sense of place provides something crucial as a child grows up and learns about themselves and the world in which they live, it is even more important that every child feels comfortable and secure enough to be able to discern, explore and test their own talents and interests.

Grounded in a timeless tradition and ethos since its origins as a chorister school, yet adept enough to relish the challenges of the 21st century, Wells Cathedral School provides an encouraging and ambitious education for every child. I look forward to welcoming you to the School to find out more about the education we offer all our pupils here, and from which your own children could especially benefit.


Our mission is to inspire every individual pupil to nurture their talents in a vibrant, creative, spiritual and safe environment.

We provide an innovative and academically strong curriculum with an Integrated Arts Programme, Modern Foreign Languages, STEM, a Specialist Music Scheme and a Specialist Maths Scheme. The school is internationally famous as a specialist music school, one of only four in England and the only music school to operate within the context of a conventional school.

We believe sport is an integral part of school life and encourage pupils of all abilities to take part. We offer over 15 sport options and are proud to have the best cricket grounds in Somerset. Our drama department has built a reputation for strong and ambitious productions such as Les Misérables which was attended by Sir Cameron Mackintosh. We are very proud to have recently won the Independent School of the Year 2020 for Performing Arts.

Our ancient motto esto quod es – “Be what you are” – succinctly and powerfully represents our school’s belief in the individuality of each pupil. But we also want them to grow and become the very best version of themselves that they can be. We encourage each and every Wellensian to be curious and open-minded, to develop their character in a positive way, and to nurture existing passions as well as discover new ones. We all live by our core values of Creativity, Aspiration, Responsibility and Endeavour, which appropriately enough spell ‘care’, and this represents the most important thing of all – that we all take care of each other, and that we are kind to each other.

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