Wells Cathedral School

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We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
Wells Cathedral Senior and Prep School in Somerset, England.


About Wells Cathedral School

Mission statement

“We aim to nurture a community where pupils are encouraged to discover and be themselves to the very best of their abilities. We seek to promote an atmosphere where work, study, activity and spirituality are harmoniously combined in a creative mix within a family environment.”


Wells Cathedral School focuses on providing pupils with a curriculum that is flexible and personalised to each student, to allow them to pursue their strengths and talents. The school follows the GCSE and A Level curriculum. In 2020, more than 75% of A Level exam results were A* - B and almost 50% of A Level results were A* - A. After their time at school, as many as 10% of pupils will continue on to Oxford or Cambridge. Another 70% will attend a Russell Group university and, with Wells Cathedral being a specialist music school, the other 20% of pupils generally go on to attend leading music colleges and conservatoires in the UK and abroad.

Activities & sports

Wells Cathedral School has a wide range of sports facilities such as Astroturfs, netball and tennis courts, swimming pools and grass pitches. All of these are used by the students who can take part in a variety of activities and join teams to compete against other schools in the area. On top of this Wells offers many different societies and activities. From art, creative writing and photography, to clay pigeon shooting and cooking, there is something for everyone. Within drama, there are multiple theatre productions each year, with many students going on to take summer courses or pursue theatre professionally due to the opportunities that are available to them at Wells Cathedral.

International student community

Wells Cathedral School welcomes international pupils and recognises the importance of English language support to help overseas students settle in and succeed. Approximately 20% of the student population are international pupils.

Wells Cathedral has a highly developed English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme which begins with an International Preparatory Course lasting 10 days. This quickly gives international students an idea of what to expect and makes it easier for them to settle in. Following this preparatory course, pupils are offered an individual tailored programme to support their studies throughout the school year.

Boarding life

In the Senior School at Wells Cathedral, approximately 50% of the student population are boarders. Wells Cathedral is proud to create a strong family environment for pupils in a place that they can call home. Boarding students are encouraged to make the most of the facilities and resources available at Wells and to get involved with opportunities. The school has 8 boarding houses, all of which have common rooms and large garden spaces where there is the opportunity for barbecues and socialising. Weekend trips for boarding students include going to the cinema, going bowling, or going shopping in Bath and Bristol.


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