Wells Cathedral School: Wells, Somerset, UK

Wells, Somerset, United Kingdom

Wells Cathedral School: Wells, Somerset, UK

Price Range ₤ 20,000-30,000 per annum


Wells Cathedral School in Wells, Somerset is a co-educational boarding school for boys and girls in England. So many academic and extra curricular activities to choose from. 40 cocurricular clubs and activities from Model United Nations to World film appreciation that our pupils can take part in. Start thinking about this school as your boarding school in UK!

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Website: http://www.wellscathedralschool.org

Cost of tuition

7 days boarding: GBP 28 824

About the school

Long description: Junior School & Nursery

A passion for music, sport, drama and art lies at the heart of Wells Cathedral Junior School. Head Katherine Schofield, alongside seventeen academic staff, creates a friendly and supportive environment where pupils aged 3 to 11 are encouraged to explore new possibilities and develop their talents. The school prides itself on developing pupils’ creativity alongside a strong sporting tradition.
It is important to provide a wide range of opportunities and experiences to children in order for them to enjoy an enriched experience at school. Wells is able to achieve this through providing a range of sporting opportunities including competitive events as well as regular exposure to high quality music in this musically alive environment,” says Katherine.

Form sizes at the start of the academic year 2011/12 ranged between eight to seventeen and these are composed of only single-years. Often classes are split during lessons to facilitate smaller group learning. Additional support is given individually or in small groups to pupils with learning difficulties – and to those who are very able. In Year 6 gifted mathematicians receive additional weekly tuition with the Head of Mathematics from the Senior School.

Academic achievement

We are proud to announce excellent results in the National SATS at KS2 taken by our Year 6 pupils in 2012. 100% of the pupils gained at least Level 4 in English and 93 % in Maths. Of these, 76% of the pupils achieved a Level 5 in English and 45% in Maths with two pupils achieving the recently reintroduced Level 6 in Maths.

This compares with the 2012 National figures of 38% Level 5 English and 39% Level 5 Maths.

At KS 1 the highlights were that Level 2 and above was reached by 100% of the pupils in reading, writing and mathematics. Level 3 was reached by 50% of pupils in reading, 25% in writing, and 37.5% in maths.


As well as the wide range of instruments played by pupils of all ages, children are encouraged to take part in as many clubs as they wish. The activities have included: art and craft, athletics, book appreciation, chess, choir, computers, cricket, dance, drama, gardening, gymnastics, hockey, Minimus (Latin), Mandarin, netball, orchestras/ensembles (violins, recorders, brass), Pre-Prep dance, Pre-prep French, Pre-prep fun games, Pre-prep percussion, Pre-prep art, rugby, school magazine, soccer, steel pans, swimming and tennis.

Senior School
Academic, musical, sporting, artistic and personal development lies at the heart of Wells Cathedral Senior School. Wells is a centre of excellence in the creative arts. In music, the school’s international standing offers pupils unique opportunities to discover and develop their instrumental and vocal talents to the full.

Wells has an adventurous and enjoyable environment that inspires confident, successful learning for life. Leadership is nurtured through a rigorous and competitive, yet supportive and accepting climate throughout the school; personal achievements are widely communicated and celebrated.

The school plays a creative and influential part in the formation of national policy in education and music education. Wells is one of the few independent schools to change to the six-term year. Academically it has never been afraid to embrace new ideas including teaching Mandarin, International GCSE in maths, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at A Level and on-line courses in subjects such as law.

The Senior School consists of three sections within the overall school family: Lower School, Upper School and finally Sixth Form.

Lower School

The Lower School (Years 7 – 9) builds on the support and development that has been provided at junior level whether at Wells Cathedral Junior School or elsewhere. Care is taken to match the pace of progress to individual ability. As they move through the Lower School, the children take increasing responsibility for their own academic and personal development.

In the Lower School each year is run by a Head of Year who leads a tutor team. The tutor groups are the focus of pupils’ lives, and consist of an average of eight pupils. There is a house system for Lower School sport and other co-curricular competitions.

Upper School

The Upper School (Years 10 – 11) and Sixth Form (Years 12 – 13) have five houses. All pupils are allocated to a house. Some will use the houses during the day and some will be part of the boarding community of the house. The house is home for as long as the pupil is at school each day. Each house has a team of resident staff – a house parent, a matron and three other duty staff. All pupils are also members of tutor groups, which become more specialised in the Sixth Form.

The Head of Years 10 and 11 and the Head of Sixth Form coordinate activities in these year groups, chair student committees and work with tutors and house parents.

Wells has developed a programme with enrichment and acceleration in mind. Pupils are offered different pathways and thus are able to personalise their learning to follow a curriculum at a pace and in a direction which suits their needs and plays to their strengths. There is a greater sense of freedom as pupils take responsibility for developing their own interests and skills within clear structures.

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