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A level results day 2023 WCS Wells Cathedral School independent prep Somerset England

Wells pupils celebrate marvellous A Level results

Once again, Wells pupils have been celebrating some outstanding A Level results.

Across England, A Level results have returned to pre-pandemic levels. However despite the significant disruptions caused by Covid, the Wells class of 2023 have outperformed the 2019 cohort, continuing the School’s upward trajectory for academic results.

Pupils enjoyed success across a range of subjects, from sciences to languages to humanities to the creative arts. Among many highlights were 91% of RPE (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics) pupils gaining an A or A* grade, 100% of Spanish pupils achieving an A*, A or B, and – as always – exceptional results in Wells’ specialist areas, where most pupils taking Music, Maths and Further Maths achieved an A or A* grade. In all, nearly 75% of all grades awarded were A*, A or B.

These excellent results meant that more than 87% of pupils gained a place at their first choice university or conservatoire, significantly more than the national average of 79%. Around two thirds of university applicants are heading to Russell Group universities including Oxford, Durham, Bristol and UCL, where they will study a diverse range of subjects, including Medicine, Game Development, Mathematics, French and Latin. As always, a large number of musicians are heading to the world’s leading conservatoires including the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, many with large scholarships.

On results day, many pupils came into School to mark their successes at a celebratory breakfast with their peers and teachers.

Head Master Alastair Tighe commented:

I am really delighted that once again so many Wells pupils are today celebrating achieving excellent A Level results and gaining a place at their first choice university, college or conservatoire. What is particularly pleasing is that once again we see such strong results across such a wide range of subjects, emphasising how here at Wells we value and support all pupils – something that was picked up in our ISI inspection earlier this year. I would like to pay tribute to my wonderful teaching colleagues, and of course to our hard-working pupils and their families who have supported them.”