Wells Cathedral School is one of the oldest, continuously operating schools in the world (nearly 1,000 years). 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 and producing choristers (dating back to the 10th century), talent 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 prestigious International Baccalaureate, Pre-U programmes and the EAL course for international students. With strong links to the Royal Family (Prince Charles is a patron), Wells Cathedral School gives international students a unique opportunity to have modern British education with a stunning historical backdrop.
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, an AstroTurf pitch (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 is one of the five established musical schools for children in the UK and has a close relationship with Wells Cathedral. Along with it's famed music programme, it has a strong sporting tradition. The school is highly competitive against other schools in England, but also provides a wide range of interscholastic activities and clubs to choose from.
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. By car the coast is only 21 miles (35 km) away.
Location: Wells, Somerset
Estimated start date: beginning of September
Estimated end date: end of June / beginning of July
Eligibility: Interview in person or virtually (e.g. Skype). Entrance examination required. Last two school reports and reference
Typically 10% Oxbridge; 60% other Russell Group; 20% music college and conservatoire
Closest International Airport: Bristol (BRS), Birmingham (BHX), London Heathrow (LHR)