UK Somerset, UK
  • Boarding accommodation
  • $ $ $ $
  • Private, Boarding

Wells Cathedral School

Established: 909
City

School Facts

  • Number of Students
    767
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Christian
  • Program Length Available
    Short-Term, Multiple Year, Fall Year

School Description

Wells Cathedral School, founded in AD 909 is one of the oldest, continuously operating schools in the world. Located in the cathedral city of Wells in Somerset, it's a coeducational, private UK boarding school for students from school years 7 to 13. The school is proud of its storied tradition of producing choristers (dating back to the 10th century), talented musicians and accomplished scholars. The curriculum is taught in the Church of England tradition, offering a choice of subjects from classic divisions of the arts, sciences and humanities. In addition, there are A-Level courses, plus the prestigious International Baccalaureate, Pre-U programmes and an EAL course for international students. With strong links to the Royal Family (Prince Charles is a patron), Wells Cathedral School gives students from around the world a unique opportunity to have a modern British education with a stunning historical backdrop.

Facilities

Grade II listed buildings built between the 14th and 16th centuries are sprinkled throughout the expansive campus (The Vicar's Chapel and Library are c1424 and 1430 respectively). Students have the distinct honour of rehearsing and performing in the Cathedral and the Music School. Sport facilities include a sports hall with a fitness suite, a covered swimming pool and an AstroTurf pitch which is used for hockey in the winter and tennis in the summer. There are also outdoor tennis courts and three playing fields - one with a cricket square.

Sports and Arts

The school aims to foster a life-long love of sport and physical activity in every pupil. In addition to matches in hockey, rugby, netball, cricket and rounders, they also have the chance to compete in the local cross country league throughout the year, and many runners and swimmers go on to represent the school in regional championship competitions.

Wells Cathedral School is one of the five established musical schools for children in the UK and has a close relationship with Wells Cathedral. The school offers a specialist music scheme for students who wish to pursue a career in music. They will receive a first-class, pre-professional training from teachers who are world-class musicians themselves, many of whom are active performers and teach at UK conservatories. Our musicians achieve great success both as performers and in public examinations. The school's annual Arts Week is a fun and rewarding opportunity for all pupils from Nursery to Year 6 to enjoy a range of creative arts activities surrounding a particular theme that changes each year. Each pupil is able to work with professional artists during the course of the week.

Dormitories and Student Life

Dormitory houses, built in the 14th Century, are clustered around the school grounds and feel like family homes. The bedrooms are spacious and there are study areas, large gardens for pupils to relax, and kitchens fully stocked with the students' favourite foods. Recreational activities are regularly organised and a full social calendar is made up three times a year. On Saturdays students are encouraged to visit the lovely town of Wells for shopping and entertainment. In recent years, students from 16 different countries have made up the lively boarding community alongside students from around the UK, all enjoying quintessential British school experience.

  • 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
Diploma Year Offered?
No
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
1:18
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
Yes
Sports
Badminton, Basketball, Climbing, Cricket, Cycling, Fencing, Hockey, Netball, Running, Sailing, Swimming
Arts
Art, Dance Composition, Drama, Film Studies, Photography
Music
Choir, Music, Music Technology and Production
Languages
French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Chess Club, Cooking Club, Debate, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Model United Nations (Model UN)
Accepting Students in Grades
Yes
Ages Accepted
11-18
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Students should apply through Educatius. If eligible, they will then be invited for an interview with the school in person or virtually (e.g. Skype). Students are required to sit an entrance examination and must submit their last two school reports and a reference.

Similar Schools (3)

Sixth form students at Wellington School
S

Wellington School

UK Somerset, UK

Set in a small, picturesque market town in the South West of England, Wellington School is an exceptionally friendly and vibrant community with high academic standards and a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities. The school curriculum offers a broad and balanced education through a range of GCSE and A Level subjects. Unsurprisingly, excellence is the norm for Wellington students, who routinely achieve top examination results and contribute to the school’s historically high rates of entry into the UK’s top universities. Facilities At the heart of the School is the Dukes’ Library and Study Centre. This has been recently refurbished to the highest standard and is a beautifully light and airy building to inspire work and dedicated effort in all students. Wellington School can also boast some of the finest sporting facilities in the UK. The school’s Olympic Standard Sports Complex includes a fully equipped fencing salle, 2 performance gyms, a physiotherapy suite and a spectator viewing gallery. The sports hall is set up for over 8 different sports to be played indoors, and outside there are 5 rugby pitches, 9 tarmac tennis courts, 9 astro tennis courts, 4 purpose-built netball courts, a floodlit artificial turf hockey pitch and 3 grass pitches, cricket pitches, a 300m athletics track, high jump, long jump, discus, hammer and hurdle course, 2 squash courts, a climbing wall, and a covered, heated swimming pool. Sports & Arts Considerable emphasis is placed on outdoor activities (Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinbrugh Award Scheme) and on sport at Wellington School, as demonstrated by the marvellous facilities on-site. The school’s main seasonal sports are rugby, hockey, netball, cricket and athletics, although a wide range of other sports are also catered to, ensuring there is something for everyone to get involved in. Music and drama are flourishing areas of the college’s curriculum. The new theatre and music school has a Steinway piano in every teaching and practice room and LAMDA tuition is on offer for all students with an interest in acting. The school’s tradition of regular musical and theatrical productions and its history of producing inspiring and successful artists, ensures that all students are encouraged to express themselves creatively and reach their full potential. Dormitories and Student Life The boarding community is central to the rich and diverse environment that is Wellington School. 140 boys and girls, accommodated in 5 boarding houses, are provided with the perfect environment in which to explore their academic potential, develop their social relationships and unearth personal skills and qualities that enhance their success. All boarding students live in the school’s comfortable, modern boarding houses and are cared for by dedicated house staff. Each boarding house has a Housemaster or Housemistress, Matron and academic tutors who keep in regular contact with the students. In such a warm, communal setting, every student truly matters and the house staff strives to ensure the happiness of all those in their care by creating a family atmosphere. Older students can safely walk into Wellington town to visit cafés, takeaways and shops and have a distinct sense of independence and freedom, whilst being in a small, nurturing and safe community.

Read More
  • Private, Boarding
Educatius-UK-RochesterIndependentCollege-StudentsWalking-Gallery-2019
S

Rochester Independent College

UK Kent, UK

Located an hour's drive and under 40 minutes by train from central London, Rochester Independent College is a private, coeducational UK day and boarding school for students in years 7 to 13. The school is truly unique, combining academic rigour with a creative buzz. The stimulating curriculum includes some 40 A-Level courses, 15 GCSE core subjects and an outstanding Sixth Form College; all taught in intimate classroom settings where students don't wear school uniform and are on first name terms with staff. Rochester Independent College (RIC)'s focus is on achievement without unnecessary pressure, on examination success in a lively, supportive and informal atmosphere. The school is a specialist in entry to medical school and this year 6 places were won at Oxford University, 2 at Exeter, 2 at Bristol University and one at University College London. Facilities The school occupies a one-of-a-kind urban campus. At the heart of a designated conservation area, the historically distinctive site with listed buildings linked by award winning wildlife gardens creates a special sense of place to explore and in which to live, study and work. The school boasts a digitally creative department (Music Technology, Media Studies, Film Studies and Graphics) equipped with the latest Apple computers as well as a 100-seat performance auditorium, a fitness suite and a games court. Sports and Arts Students at RIC enjoy a colourful range of sports and clubs. They are served great school meals and help plan their own exciting events, parties and innovative trips. Music, Art, Film and Drama give a creative buzz. All non-academic activities are optional and students are free to make their own choices about what to take part in. Fun activities include cinema, 10-Pin bowling, games nights, trampolining, football, swimming and fitness. Trips are regularly planned for London, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and Margate. Dormitories and Student Life Student accommodation is located on the urban campus, so commuting from classes to boarding facilities is not required. All pupils are closely supervised by resident staff in a safe and secure environment. The dormitory facilities include single or twin (most e-suite), common rooms and study areas. Everyone has full access to the school's sports pitch, fitness centre, on-site cinema, art studios and the stunning gardens. Whilst at the school, all non-native English learners benefit from the outstanding IELTS programme and renowned English, Mathematics, Science and Film Studies departments.

Read More
  • Boarding, Private
Students with headteacher at Fulneck School
S

Fulneck School

UK Yorkshire, UK

Situated in a traditional English village in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, yet just 5 miles from Leeds city centre, Fulneck School is an independent co-educational boarding school with plenty to offer. The school’s academic results speak for themselves and it is proud of its position in the top 5% of all schools and colleges in England last year. With its diverse curriculum, Fulneck School is able to fulfil, if not exceed, every student’s academic potential. Whether it be pupils with Oxbridge aspirations or those needing expert care from the award-winning Learning Support Unit, Fulneck School is equipped to help each individual succeed. Facilities The original Grade 1 listed 18th century buildings have recently been tastefully refurbished with modern facilities and upgraded to meet today's educational needs without losing their essential character. Extensive grounds and playing fields surround the school buildings, on the side of a valley in picturesque Yorkshire. Sports & Arts Fulneck School promotes a well-rounded education for its pupils, including a range of extra-curricular activities incorporating sports such as cricket, hockey, netball, football, rugby and tennis. Recent overseas activities have included a choir tour to the USA, a business trip to the Czech Republic, a netball team trip to Barbados and a ski holiday to Italy. Music plays a key role in the school community throughout the calendar year, with the jazz band and orchestral group playing at regular events and the whole school choir singing the choral evensong at the famous York Minster every year. Creative students can also join a wide range of interest-driven clubs including the school magazine, dance, debating and drama. Dormitories and Student Life Boarding at Fulneck School is homely, supportive, flexible and fun. The boarding community is comprised of Full, Weekly and Flexi boarders aged 9-18 years, who thrive in the two boarding houses. The girls’ and boys’ boarding houses are situated in the main school building and have recently undergone refurbishment. The school aims to provide a ‘home from home’ experience to ensure that the transition into boarding life is as seamless as possible for both UK and international students. The Fulneck community is greatly enriched by the blend of different countries and societies from which its pupils originate, and diversity prospers within the culture of a traditional English boarding school.

Read More
  • Private, Boarding