Wells Cathedral School is situated in the rural south west of England. Major air, rail and road links are all within easy reach. Bristol International Airport is 30 minutes away from Wells and has regular scheduled flights to many international destinations.
The nearest train stations are Castle Cary (25 mins by taxi), Bath Spa (40 mins by taxi) and Bristol Temple Meads (40 mins by taxi).
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The musical community at Wells is unique, being the only specialist music school that runs in parallel to a regular independent school. Musical training is placed within a full overall education. Musicians are therefore able to develop their talents within a normal school environment and achieve great success both as performers and in public examinations.
For specialist musicians it offers wider choices that simply are not available at the other specialist music schools. The very fact that our Specialists live and learn together with students who have other interests helps them to maintain a perspective and become rounder and better-balanced people. For extraordinarily talented musicians, the ordinariness of Wells is a distinct advantage and for students who are not musicians, the exceptional musical provision provides opportunities in every aspect of their lives. Feedback from the conservatoires suggests that Old Wellensians are more able to cope with the rigours imposed by a high-level musical environment.
Considerable emphasis is placed on individual practice as well as coaching in a wide variety of chamber music groups and ensembles. For 200 pupils, music is their main focus and excellence is achieved through expert tuition, musical opportunities and being part of a dynamic environment.
“What I love about Wells Cathedral School is its tremendous spirit of adventure. It’s a forum where young people can engage with music on every possible level. The ethos of Dorothy Nancekievill and her team is fabulously holistic; their view being that music should never be experienced in a bubble, and that it has a huge and vital role to play in the community at large. Budding young musicians of ‘whatever sort’ who come to Wells can be assured of the broadest, most boundary crossing and exhilarating journey.” - Charles Hazelwood, conductor & broadcaster.
Our Sixth Form students enjoy a sense of greater freedom and independence; we encourage them to become self-motivated and expect them to work hard. Outside the classroom, members of the Sixth Form are on the threshold of adulthood and have a particular responsibility as the oldest pupils in the school for setting and upholding the high standards expected in all areas of school life.
We provide support and guidance for AS and A level studies through our team of tutors led by an Academic Mentor who directs learning and is responsible for creating a good positive work ethic and a culture of thinking.
Sally Rowley, the Head of Sixth Form is responsible for promoting social cohesion and good team work, not least through a wide and varied number of social activities. The social calendar is busy and rewarding, kindling a strong sense of camaraderie and lifelong friendships. Alongside theatre trips, parties and pizza evenings, students can join in a wide variety of activities which focus on career development, opportunities for leadership and cultural development.
Sixth Form Dress replaces school uniform and should be appropriate for the working day, giving pupils a feeling of well-being and confidence in themselves as leaders in the school. Pupils should above all look smart and professional.
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.
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.