Wells Cathedral School A GSG School
- Wells Cathedral School
- Head: Mrs Elizabeth Cairncross
- T 01749 834200
- F 01749 834201
- E main-office@wells…thedral-school.com
- W www.wells-cath…ral-school.com
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 18
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Somerset
- Pupils: 796
- Religion: Church of England
- Fees: Day £7,272 - £17,895; Boarding £20,970 - £29,948 pa
- Open days: Sixth form: September; Seniors: October and February. Juniors: September, November, February and June
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
Whether picking our way down the cobbled Vicar’s Close, where we heard mellifluous treble recorder playing drifting out of the mullioned windows, or wandering about the many elegant Georgian buildings cocooned in greenery, we thought that growing up here must be a gift. ‘I am not sure our children yet realise just how lucky they are,’ agreed one parent, ‘and when I visit I do have to pinch myself sometimes.’
What the school says...
Wells Cathedral School is unique. It is: a co-educational day and boarding school with high academic standards, one of the five specialist music schools in the UK recognised by the DfE Music & Dance Scheme, and a cathedral choir school. Qualities of leadership and confidence are developed in all our students within a creative environment. Wells is a school where people can discover and be themselves to the very best of their abilities. Wells provides an inspiring education, set in a musically-alive and beautiful environment, as a brilliant foundation for life.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards
- Excellent performance by Boys taking Music at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
2016 Good Schools Guide Awards
- Best performance by Boys taking Music at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.
All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.
Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.
International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.
What The Good Schools Guide says
Since September 2016, Andy Kemp, previously deputy head and maths teacher. Several degrees and postgrad qualifications from Warwick in maths and maths education, plus an MBA in educational leadership from the Instutute of Education. Taught maths and ICT at Warwick School and moved to Taunton School as HoD; joined Wells as director of studies before moving upwards.
Head of junior school since April 2014, Mrs Julie Barrow. A longstanding member of the junior school staff, and still very much involved in the day to day delivery of the curriculum at all levels of both pre-prep and prep. Her appointment has delighted parents. ‘The school is thriving under her care,’ wrote one parent, ‘she is down to earth, has a great sense of humour and clear leadership skills. She also has a...
Special Education Needs
SEN provision is individually tailored to the needs of the pupil, ranging from differentiation by subject teachers to classroom support and one-to-one tuition. Very able mathematicians are extracted from lessons for enrichment work with a visiting Mathematics Professor and talented musicians are provided for within the specialist strand of the DfES Music and Dance Scheme.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Aspergers Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class||Y|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|