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CCF Range Day

On Wednesday, members of the Wells CCF enjoyed a day of adventure activities off-timetable for the annual Contingent Range Day. Cadets participated with enthusiasm in a diverse array of physical outdoor activities and tasks organised for them by the Wells Outdoor Education team, former Royal Marine and Wells Director of Outdoor Learning, Stuart Elks and Glyn Lancey, School CCF Staff Instructor and Training Officer, as well as a passionate team of teachers who lead each sub-contingent. Members of the Army Contingent travelled...
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The Big Draw at Hauser and Wirth

On Thursday 10th October Year 10 artists attended the ‘Big Draw’ event at Hauser and Wirth, Bruton. An informative and interactive talk was given to pupils by the education team on the latest exhibition, ‘David Smith: Field Work’ – the Gallery’s debut solo exhibition by the eminent American artist. The exhibition has been conceived as four chapters of work spanning over three decades, from 1933 to 1964, that aim to demonstrate Smith’s diverse visual language and multifaceted creative process. Wells pupils...
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Choralia Reach the Let the Peoples Sing Finals

Congratulations to Choralia, the Wells Cathedral School Upper Voice Girls’ Choir of 30 vocalists, who reached the Grand Finals of the prestigious European Let the Peoples Sing Competition, held in Barcelona over the weekend. Let the Peoples Sing is organised biennially by the European Broadcasting Union and is the choral equivalent of European Young Musician. Each national broadcaster is asked to nominate choirs, and it was the BBC who entered Choralia to represent the UK, on the back of the Choir’s...
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Primary Schools Shakespeare Festival 

Wells Cathedral Junior School hosted a Primary Schools Shakespeare Festival in mid-October involving pupils from four local primary schools, as well as pupils from Wells Junior School.Pupils from Stoberry Park School, Catcott Primary School, Chewton Mendip Primary School and Butleigh Church of England Primary School joined two classes of Year 6 pupils from Wells to perform half hour versions of six of Shakespeare’s most well loved plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and...
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Sandhurst STEM Fair

On Friday 27th September, 16 Wells pupils attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, STEM Careers Fair. The group took part in a panel discussion with four industry experts, where pupils took the opportunity to ask questions about life in industry; before exploring a variety of stands from industry-leading employers. The focus of the event was on STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths, with the aim of promoting career paths available in those fields. It was spread over two days, with...
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Inaugural Organ Recital

On Sunday, Wells Lower Sixth organists, François Cloete and June Rippon, gave the inaugural recital on the newly-installed Walker Organ in Quilter Hall. The organ was kindly donated to the School some four years ago by Mr Jim Cook, in memory of his brother, Richard who owned the instrument and who was a very keen organist.June and François both played a selection of works by Bach and then pieces by Mendelssohn and Hindemith. 

Cricket World School Groundsman of the Year

Huge congratulations to Wells Head of Grounds, Craig Keast, who has been chosen as Cricket World’s School Groundsman of the Year for 2019. Craig attended an award ceremony at Lord’s last Wednesday, along with Deputy Head of Grounds, Wayne Bradshaw, and Director of Sport, Tom Webley. Following an award-winners lunch at The Tavern Restaurant at Lord’s Cricket Ground, Craig was presented with his prestigious trophy. The presentation was attended by Chris Wood ECB Pitch Advisor,  Karl McDermott MCC Head Groundsman at Lord’s,...
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Study Abroad Roadshow

On Wednesday morning, many senior and Sixth Form pupils attended a Study Abroad Roadshow, held in the foyer of Cedars Hall. This provided pupils with invaluable information from international and European agencies, giving them a wider perspective on future study and career opportunities, as additional, complementary guidance to the excellent resources and advice provided by Head of Careers, Sally Rowley. 

Drawing Masterclass

Last week artists from Year 10 and the Lower Sixth attended a drawing masterclass with internationally renowned artist, Ian Murphy. Using their own photographs for reference, they were introduced to new techniques and processes, using a diverse range of surface textures and drawing media. Head of Art, Linzi Stockdale-Bridson, said, “We all enjoyed two very exciting, informative, inspiring and challenging days and the pupils produced some incredible work.”

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

Over the Exeat weekend, 43 Year 10 pupils pitted themselves against the rugged Quantock Hills of West Somerset to complete their Silver Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition. Despite wind and rain, every group successfully navigated the challenging route over three days to complete their practice expedition. They will now spend the winter months working towards their physical, skill and voluntary commitments before they embark on their qualifying expedition on the first weekend of the Easter holidays. A special thanks must...
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Parachute Wing Training

Over the weekend 13 Wells CCF cadets, along with CCF Contingent Commander, Stuart Elks, Ken Padgett and Jack Coward, attended the Joint Service Parachute Wing for a day of parachute training. All cadets and staff passed the training with flying colours and are therefore now qualified to complete a solo static line parachute jump. They all look forward to their jump when there are clear and windless skies later this term!

Head of Schools Conference at Wells

Following on from last year’s successful conference, 44 pupils from Independent Schools across the South West arrived at Wells Cathedral School on Wednesday to engage in workshops and activities as part of the Head of Schools Conference hosted by Wells.John Wright, a local businessman with a successful history of leading many new businesses, started the conference with an inspirational presentation entitled ‘Spread Your Wings’ where he advocated the importance of creative thinking, setting high standards and the need to challenge...
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The Countess of Wessex Celebrates 25 Years of Girl Choristers

On Tuesday, the Countess of Wessex GCVO visited Wells Cathedral and Wells Cathedral School, in her capacity as Patron of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the foundation of the Girl Cathedral Choristers.The Countess of Wessex met the boy and girl choristers, attended a short musical performance by musicians from Wells Cathedral School, listened to a Chorister rehearsal in the Cathedral and took part in the cutting of a celebratory anniversary cake.She was later joined...
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Badminton Bonanza for Kevin

Congratulations to Year 11 pupil Kevin Luk, who has achieved considerable success in a series of national Badminton tournaments since the start of the new academic year. In early September, Kevin played in the singles competition of the Badminton England Gloucester Senior Bronze tournament at Cheltenham. This was his first senior event playing against competitors ranked at a much higher level than him, and he reached the semi-finals, losing narrowly to Shane Wilson, a member of the Jamaican National Badminton Team,...
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Save the Children Walk

In heavy rain and high winds, hardy pupils, staff and their families took part in the annual Save the Children fundraising walk on Sunday morning. Kitted out warmly in wellies and raincoats, or in running shorts and trainers, over 300 determined walkers and runners set off bright and early to complete the picturesque but rain-drenched route through the muddy Somerset countryside to raise money for this inspirational charity. The annual walk comprises two routes; a shorter 5 mile walk for...
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Adventures in Japan

Over the summer, a group of Upper Sixth pupils experienced the trip of a lifetime when they visited Kyoto in Japan, as part of a science enrichment opportunity with Charlotte Farmer, Head of Physics and Academic Enrichment. The trip provided both pupils and teachers with a multitude of experiences that challenged and enriched them. Lab-based workshops were core to the programme and the pupils relished the opportunity to engage with real lab experience. Culturally, the historic sites the pupils visited...
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Lower Sixth Enrichment

As part of their induction into the Sixth Form Lower Sixth pupils enjoyed a challenging and diverse critical thinking day hosted by Wiser Words. Pupils were set tasks to complete that were outside of their comfort zone, with bombs to diffuse, gorillas to rescue, murders to solve and loot to rescue. As one pupil said “It was a great opportunity to meet and bond with new pupils’. We look forward to seeing our pupils apply their new skills in the...
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International Film Premiere for Luke

Year 9 violinist, Luke Doyle, has just returned from a star-studded trip to Canada, where he was invited to attend the celebrated Toronto International Film Festival as a key member of the cast of upcoming Serendipity Point film, The Song of Names, which premiered at the Festival. Luke was joined on the red carpet by fellow actor Tim Roth, as well as composer Howard Shore. He was also interviewed about his role in the film for the Canadian media. The Song...
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Year 7 Team Building

Starting at a new school, or making the transition from Junior to Senior School is never easy. Wells places a significant emphasis on teams and teamwork, and the Year 7 team building activities which took place in the first few days of the new academic year were designed to start new relationships and help pupils to recognise similarities with their peers, as well as providing a fun-based way to start in the Senior School. Pupils enjoyed highly energetic and entertaining...
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Food for Life Award

Congratulations to the fantastic Wells Catering Department, who have recently received a significant award. The School has secured a “Food for Life” accreditation from the Soil Association. We are one of the first schools to obtain this status, which is highly prestigious and it recognises our commitment to serving healthy food – cooked from scratch without undesirable additives, colouring and sweeteners – making use of local and seasonal ingredients, including sustainable fish, free range eggs and meat that can be traced...
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National Youth Orchestra at the BBC Proms

Many of our musicians performed in a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in August as members of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO). The concert was conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, and Nicola Benedetti was the soloist in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The concert also included a London premiere of Lera Auerbach’s work Icarus and excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, known to many as the theme tune to The Apprentice. The Prom was televised and can still be...
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National Youth Orchestra of Wales

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil and specialist trumpeter, James Hollingsworth, who was selected as one of only four trumpeters for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales over the summer. He is already a member of the National Youth Wind Band of Wales.James is the youngest of the trumpeters in the Orchestra, and his selection was particularly impressive as he is the only one not already in conservatoire or post-graduate music study.The NYOW has 70 years experience in providing a first-class training...
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Magical Translation Winner

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Beulah Adeleke, who entered two of the competitions run by the Creative Multiculturalism programme at the University of Oxford over the summer, and was awarded Highly Commended for one and chosen as the winner, with a cash prize, for the other. Bea was highly commended for the Fabulous Translation competition, which involved the creation of a fable in a language of the pupil’s choice, with a typed English prose translation. She won the Magical Translation...
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Wessex Water Young People’s Panel

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Elaina Charalambous, who is one of 20 pupils within the Wessex Water region who have been selected to take part in this year’s Wessex Water Young People’s Panel, in the fourth year that the School has been involved in this business initiative. Elaina will attend two board meetings at the Wessex Water headquarters in Bath in September and November, working on a team business initiative which will then be presented to a senior board of...
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England Hockey Success

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Lily Webb and Upper Sixth pupil Megan Taylor, who both played for their respective age-group teams at the England Hockey Home Nations tournament held at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire at the end of July. Lily played for the England Under 16 team; whilst Megan played for the England Under 17 Whites team. Both girls played exceedingly well, winning all of their matches, to meet in the Finals, which the Under 16 team...
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Gold Air Cadet Leadership Graduation

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil, Sgt Harry Chantrey of the Wells RAF contingent, who graduated from RAF College Cranwell’s prestigious Gold Air Cadet Leadership Course over the summer following an inspection by Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Smyth and a passing out parade on the famous College Hall parade square. Harry graduated as part of the winning Flight of ten cadets, following a challenging and rewarding week of physical and leadership training at the College. The 18-hour days in searing heat were tough,...
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Oxbridge Training Day

Upper Sixth pupils were recently challenged to think outside the box at the School’s Oxbridge training day. They learnt how to lay out arguments logically, debated whether fairies existed and designed houses with a deeper meaning. They are now looking forward to another challenging term with interview practice and an exchange with Millfield School in the pipeline.

Wells Cathedral School Enjoy Excellent GCSE Exam Results Summer 2019

Pupils at Wells Cathedral School celebrated excellent GCSE results on Thursday, with the vast majority of subjects assessed against the reformed, more rigorous, GCSE examination grades. Almost half the grades awarded were the top 9-7 grades; very impressively, 17 per cent of pupils achieved a Grade 9 or A* (against a national average of 4.5 per cent) and 29 per cent of grades were awarded at Grade 8 or 9. The School achieved a 99 per cent pass rate.Just under...
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Wells Cathedral School Pupils Celebrate A-level Success

Upper Sixth pupils at Wells Cathedral School have received another strong set of A Level results; 99 per cent of pupils passed, and over a third of entries were awarded the top two grades, well above the national average figure of 25 per cent. Wells’ results have been strong across a wide variety of subjects this year, with exceptional results in Mathematics, where 50 per cent of the cohort achieved A* or A grades, despite a downward trend in grades for...
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Summer CCF Camp

The Wells CCF cadets enjoyed a jam-packed week at CCF Camp at the start of the summer holidays, which included training in built up areas. This involved simulated grenade throwing, assaulting a building, casualty evacuation as well as archery, paintball, range shooting and many other activities. They spent the week on an Army base and had talks in the evenings from different Army networks.

Wells Cathedral School Speech Day

Pupils, parents, staff and guests enjoyed a celebratory end to the academic year in glorious Somerset sunshine at the School Speech Day on Friday, the first Speech Day under the leadership of Head Master Alastair Tighe. Simon Shercliff OBE, Director for National Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and an Old Wellensian, was the inspiring speaker at Senior School Prize-Giving, giving a fascinating talk to Senior pupils about the opportunities and experiences around the globe that he has garnered...
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Last Chance to Paint

On Friday Wells Junior School pupils enjoyed a joyous creative afternoon painting a giant vibrant nature-focused mural in the gardens of Number 8.The art project ties in with the Last Chance to Paint initiative launched by Wells parent, Cornish painter and Eden Project’s artist in residence, John Dyer, as a way of educating children about the effects of climate change by forming a real connection to the natural world. Throughout the Trinity Term, pupils in Year 3 have worked on...
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Chamber Music Concert

Wells musicians enjoyed a full audience at Friday’s lunchtime concert in the Bishop’s Palace Chapel. This is a new initiative in our performance programme with one or two such concerts happening per term, usually in Quilter Hall. The programme included some fine string and vocal pieces as well as one using the Chapel’s organ.

Jersey Island Walk

Congratulations to Year 11 pupil Thomas who took part, for the eighth year running, in the celebrated annual Jersey Island Walk this weekend, coming 40th in a field of over 1200 walkers.The grueling Main Walk covers a distance of 48 miles, and its difficulty provides a stark contrast with the beauty of the route that passes along Jersey’s beautiful coastline, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and stunning countryside. The average time for completing the walk is between 17 and 19 hours....
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Summer Solstice Party

The Pre-Prep department held a lively Summer Solstice Party on the Pre-Prep lawn on Saturday afternoon to raise money for the School’s playground development. Children and their families celebrated the Solstice with face painting, arts and craft activities, pilates classes, photography and plenty to eat and drink! £550 was raised on the day.

Choristers Sing at Liverpool Cathedral

Wells Head Girl and Head Boy choristers, Erin and Ross, represented Wells Cathedral at the recent Diamond Fund Concert at Liverpool Cathedral.Over 100 singers performed live at Liverpool Cathedral on Thursday 13th June, in the second concert of its kind since The Cathedral Choristers of Britain was formed in 2016. The concert was put on by Friends of Cathedral Music’s Diamond Fund for Choristers, in conjunction with Liverpool’s Anglican and Catholic cathedrals, to showcase Britain’s 1,000-year-old choral tradition, bringing together...
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National Youth Jazz Collective

Congratulations to Year 10 percussionist, Luke, who has been accepted onto the National Youth Jazz Collective summer course for the second year running on drum kit. Competition for the course is fierce as NYJC spend 16 days auditioning talented musicians from across the whole of the UK. Luke impressed the South West audition panel enough to be selected ahead of many other talented youngsters. He will spend a week in July working alongside other talented young jazz musicians and an...
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Year 8 Trip to the RSC

On Thursday pupils in Year 8 visited the Royal Shakespeare Company to see As You Like It and participate in an educational workshop. Directed by Kimberley Sykes, the bright and riotous production offered pupils a colourful, entertaining and vivid introduction to the Forest of Arden and the world of play that they are currently studying in their drama lessons. Prior to the production pupils took the opportunity to take part in a workshop designed to give them a deeper understanding...
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The Great Science Share

In the Trinity term Year 8 pupils took part in The Great Science Share initiative – a national campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences. This involved a 3-week science project covering global issues such as climate change, plastic pollution, world hunger and the provision of clean energy. On Tuesday morning Sixth Form scientists gave a series of exciting science workshops to the Year 8 groups, which were then followed by informal presentations of...
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Wells Draw Against the MCC

On Monday the 1st XI Cricket team played the MCC on Cedars Field. The match ended in an exciting draw with the 1st XI 8 wickets down at stumps chasing the MCC’s 275 to win. Wells were 202-8. Player of the match and winner of the ‘spirit of cricket’ award was 14 year old Sahil, visiting from Mumbai, who scored an excellent 100.

Cricket and Culture

In the first three weeks of the Trinity term, Wells was delighted to welcome and host talented young cricketer, 14 year old Sahil, who plays for the Under 14 Mumbai team, and has been named as one of the most promising under-14 cricketers in India.Sahil was selected by Cricket Beyond Boundaries, a global sports initiative that uses cricket as a vehicle to transform lives and provide opportunities to young India crickets to travel to the UK to spend time in...
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South West Badminton Champions

Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Kevin and to Year 11 pupil John, who won the competitively fought Team Doubles Gold in the South West Badminton Championships at the weekend. Kevin also won the Individual Gold in the Singles finals.Other Wells players who also took part in the Championships were Year 11 pupil Serena, and Lower Sixth pupils Samantha, Melvyn, Yolanda and Nate.

Taunton Festival of Arts

Congratulations to Year 4 pupil Heidi who performed in the Taunton Festival of Arts over the Whitsun half term. Heidi won a silver medal for her modern solo, out of 22 entries, and a gold medal with her group performance.

Blue Peter Big Beagle/Basset Bonanza

Year 3 pupil Eva enjoyed a day of adventures with her pet beagle Harry, when they were invited to visit the Blue Peter Studios and Garden in Manchester this week to take part in the Big Beagle/Basset Bonanza.The Blue Peter team have recently adopted a little beagle-basset hound cross rescue dog, called Henry, and they invited fellow beagles and basset hounds, and their 8-14 year old owners to join them to welcome him to the programme. Henry is Blue Peter’s...
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Asta Wins Butterfly Gold

Congratulations to Year 5 pupil Asta who won the 25m butterfly final at the IAPS National Swimming Finals, held at the London Aquatics Centre this week. Despite a hair-raising false start, Asta finished in an incredibly quick time of 15.04 seconds, winning the gold medal.Junior School teacher Noami Hammerton, who accompanied Asta to the London finals, said, “Asta is an amazing all-round athlete, who embodies the spirit of great sportsmanship.”

Medieval History Trip

Just before the half term break, Year 7 history pupils spent a day visiting Tintern Abbey and Chepstow Castle, where activities included dressing in chainmail, watching sword fights and learning archery skills.

Somerset and Beyond

Congratulations to Year 7 pupil Arthur, who has had his nature-focused textile artwork selected for exhibition at the Wells and Mendip Museum from the 26th June to 13th July, as part of the Somerset and Beyond Textile Art Exhibition.

Recognition for Lt Lancey

Congratulations to Wells CCF School Staff Instructor, Lt Glyn Lancey, who has been selected for promotion to become a fully Commissioned Officer, following recognition of his experience and expertise with both the Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force.

Amsterdam Conservatoire Percussion Collective

On Tuesday musicians from the world-renowned Conservatoire von Amsterdam Percussion Collective gave a series of inspiring and collaborative percussion workshops and masterclasses to Wells percussion pupils in Cedars Hall.In the evening the Collective played music by Reich, Takemitsu, Miki and Gershwin at a fabulous concert.

Jazz Outreach

On Friday the Wells Cathedral School Jazz Ensemble, featuring musicians from Years 7 to 9, visited St Michael’s Academy in Yeovil for a performance and workshop. St Michael’s has been borrowing the Academic Music department’s set of pBones (plastic trombones), and it was great for pupils from both schools to be able to create music together.

Warwickshire Champion

Congratulations to talented badminton player, Kevin, a pupil in Year 10, who entered the competitive Warwickshire Rising Stars U18 Badminton Competition over the weekend, and won the event!

High School Musical

Over 80 Lower School pupils put on three stunning performances of Disney’s High School Musical to a packed Cedars Hall over several evenings this week, in this year’s vibrant and high octane Lower School Production. With catchy songs and intricate dance routines, the central theme of the show, the freedom to be yourself, chimes perfectly with the Wells ethos, esto quo es (Be what you are). Questions about identity, acceptance and peer pressure have never been more prevalent for our...
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Two Moors Winner

Congratulations to Lower Sixth oboe specialist, Ella, who is one of the winners of the prestigious Two Moors Young Musician competition 2019. Ella has been awarded a cash prize and a recital opportunity at the Two Moors Festival in October.

Pre-Prep Arts Week

This year’s Pre-Prep Arts Week took place in mid-May and followed the theme A Snapshot in Time. Early Years pupils journeyed through time with Dr Who on their very own Tardis, with Year 1 pupils “visiting” Pompeii just before Vesuvius erupted to investigate the science behind volcanoes, conduct experiments with jelly volcanoes and soda and mentos eruptions, and meet some beautifully dressed Roman ladies from the era. Younger pupils “visited” the Jurassic period when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, which involved...
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National SportsAid Award for Matt

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil, Matthew, who has been awarded a prestigious SportsAid Award following nomination from his governing body, British Triathlon. SportsAid helps the most promising young British athletes by providing them with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities during the critical early stages of their careers. It helps more than a thousand young talented athletes across the country each year. Matt was nominated for a SportsAid Award as a result of his selection for the England Talent...
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Podium Places for Wells Runners

With the final race of the fiercely competitive cross country season wrapped up at Tor Leisure in April, Wells junior athletes were delighted with their final standing in the Mendip Junior League. Overall, Wells came third across the area; achieving the runner up award for both the Lower School Girls (Years 3 and 4) and the Upper School Girls (Years 5 and 6) categories.Singled out for particular praise this year are the following pupils, whose performances over the five races...
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Boarders’ Activities

Boarders enjoyed a trip to Longleat and an action-packed paint-ball session over the bank holiday weekend, part of the energetic programme of Boarders’ Activities provided by the School at weekends.At Longleat pupils enjoyed spotting the wild animals on the safari tour, held snakes and tarantulas, saw leaping sea lions on the Jungle Cruise, bounced across rope bridges and completed the famous Hedge Maze in just seven minutes.    The paint ballers enjoyed a frenetic afternoon of competitive war games, aided by...
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Concerto Competition Winners

Congratulations to Lower Sixth trumpeter Eliza and Year 11 pianist Max, who are joint winners of this year’s Concerto Competition.The finals of the competition were held at the start of May in Cedars Hall, when performances by all six finalists were adjudicated by Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester.Both Eliza and Max will each perform their concertos with the School Symphony Orchestra either in Cedars Hall or in Wells Cathedral next academic year.The standard of...
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Top of the Range Cricket Facilities for Bunbury Team

Wells was delighted to host the Bunbury U15 South West cricket team at the School for a practice match in early May. The team included the best 28 cricketers in the South West, training in preparation for the National Festival in July. The School was also lucky to be joined by the National Performance Manager for the English Cricket Board, David Graveney OBE, who was present as a scout. Wells Director of Sport, Tom Webley said, “The 1st XI pitch...
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Equestrian Podium Places for Holly

Year 8 pupil Holly and her pony Ro compete regularly in the National School Equestrian Association (NSEA) competitions for Wells, recently coming second in the grass roots One Day Event at the Moreton Equestrian Centre in South Dorset. Holly and Ro competed in all three disciplines for this event: dressage, show jumping and cross country.The duo also competed at the Show Jumping competition at Millfield over the bank holiday weekend and they were placed fifth in a big class of...
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Sophie Qualifies for National Finals

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Sophie, who has qualified for the national finals of the British Mountaineering Council Youth Climbing Series.The finals were open to competitors from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and hundreds of children enter each category from across the UK.This was Sophie’s first major competition and she came 15th in the whole of the UK in lead climbing, and 19th in the overall competition. She is one of just 28 climbers who qualified for the national finals.

National Marching Band of the RAF Air Cadets

Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Toby, a Wells CCF Corporal and an outstanding trombonist and saxophonist, who has been selected for the prestigious National Marching Band of the RAF Air Cadets.Music camps for the National Marching Band are sponsored by the RAFAC and are held annually at RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. The camps help train cadets in the RAFAC Music Service and specifically cadets in the national marching band.Toby’s first course took place over the Easter holidays, where he...
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Single Reed Day

The recent Single Reed Day, for saxophonists and clarinettists, was a high energy day for everyone involved. Over 40 musicians enjoyed the day’s sessions on improvisation, ensemble techniques and masterclasses, which culminated in a finale concert to parents and friends. One participant commented, “It was really wonderful to play with so many good musicians and the teachers were inspiring – motivating me to play even better!”

Hermione reaches semi-finals

Congratulations to Year 10 pupil, Hermione, who reached the semi-finals of the Dorset Ladies County Golf Championships, held at Knighton Heath Golf Club in Bournemouth over the weekend. Hermione was awarded the Carter Cup, for the best net score over the qualifying 36 holes on the Friday of the competition.

Geography Field Trip to Dartmoor

Lower Sixth geographers recently spent the day studying the extraordinary landscape of Dartmoor National Park, including a visit to Hay Tor and a river study of the East Bovey Head, where despite the poor weather forecast, the sun came out, briefly. The final location was the remarkable granite formation at Great Staple Tor, where pupils surveyed and measured the granite features, and contrasted them to neighbouring Cox Tor.As you can see, we offer #MuchMoreThanMusic! Please click here for more information...
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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expeditions

Two hardy groups, comprising 13 senior pupils, successfully completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expeditions in the Black Mountains over the Easter break. Their 80km routes took in the highest point in the region, as well as the Llanthony Valley. Tremendous teamwork, resilience and keen navigation saw them safely to the end of their planned routes. Despite initial concerns among the staff over the group member who finished in an expertly applied sling for a ‘wrist injury’, it turned...
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More England Caps for Lily

Year 11 hockey player Lily represented England against The Netherlands at Under 16 level at the National Lilleshall Sports Centre in Shropshire over the Easter weekend. Lily, who represents the Wessex Leopards region, was one of only 16 England hockey players selected for the three-match set of internationals against the Dutch. Very many congratulations to Lily on gaining further international caps!As you can see, we offer #MuchMoreThanMusic! Click here to find out more about our sport.

Bronze & Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

Seven Year 10 and 11 pupils completed their Silver; whilst 70 Year 9 pupils completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expedition in perfect weather in the rugged Quantock Hills over the Easter break.The Year 9 pupils spent the Friday evening at the Army Cadet Force (ACF) Training Centre at Bridgwater preparing for their expedition and benefiting from a CCF taster with LT James Commander, the ACF Platoon Commander. Pupils were given the opportunity to test their skills at map...
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Wind Ensemble Tour to Berlin

The Wind Ensemble visited Berlin in the final week of term, with Wells musicians enjoying sightseeing tours and a German history lesson, as well as a packed musical schedule.The group visited the CPE Bach Musikgymnasium, cementing the School’s relationship with the ‘Young Music Talents in Europe’ group. They performed a programme of Francaix, Orff, Reicha and John Williams alongside German soloists and ensembles, following rehearsals with their Head of Wind, Norbert Muller. A further day was spent at the Rheingau...
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Sixth Form Geography Field Trip to Bristol

Lower and Upper Sixth geographers visited Bristol in stunning weather at the end of March. They took a boat tour around the historic floating harbour, learning how 30 years of regeneration has utterly transformed the area. They also visited St Pauls in the inner city, where a huge mural commemorating HMS Windrush has been painted on the wall, as well as the business park at Aztec West and the central area of Bristol around Castle Park, the covered market and the...
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High School Musical Rehearsals

Rehearsals for this year’s Lower School Production of High School Musical are well underway, as cast and band are put through their paces on every level. It’s a high energy show with a complicated score and more iconic dance numbers than you can shake a stick at! Not to mention enough dramaturgical adjustments and enrichments to give our young actors the opportunity of developing all their performance skills to a very high standard. It promises to be a glittering, foot-tapping...
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Malcolm Arnold Essay Prize

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Thomas, who has recently been awarded Eton College’s prestigious Malcolm Arnold Essay Prize 2019 in the under 19s category. This was for Tom’s essay about the English composer’s 1959 music for a production of The Tempest at the Old Vic.

Emma and Bandit join GB Team

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Emma, who has been selected, along with her beautiful cocker spaniel Bandit, for the Great Britain Junior Dog Agility Team taking part in the European Championships in Switzerland in July. Bandit (Kennel Club name, Black Knight of Wessex) is a five year old working cocker spaniel who Emma has trained since he was a puppy. Emma has been taking part in agility competitions for seven years and trains at Active Agility with her trainer Stephen...
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EPTA Finals for Ruby

Congratulations to Year 10 pianist Ruby who has reached the finals in the Under 15 category of the prestigious 2019 EPTA Competition. The National Finals will be held on Saturday 6th April in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Esteemed adjudicators will be Philip Fowke, vice-president of EPTA UK, Julian Jacobson, the chair of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe and Anthony Williams, concert pianist, writer, lecturer, ABRSM examiner and moderator and festival...
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Badminton Clean Sweep

The Wells Badminton squad have had a clean sweep of the Somerset Schools Badminton League this season, winning every division where the school was represented!The U18 Girls team won Division 1; the U18 Boys A team won Division 1; and the U18 Boys B team won Division 2. Very many congratulations to an extremely talented squad of players.

Wells Senior Jazz Combo at Jazz and Blues Festival

The Wells Senior Jazz Combo were invited to perform at the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday, appearing on a roster alongside many established professional ensembles. Their set was popular and widely applauded.Ed Leaker, Wells Head of Instrumental and Vocal Coaching, said, “Many thanks to Old Wellensian saxophonist and technical assistant, Will Rees-Jones, as well as to the GMAs Georgina Hardy and Cameron Cullen who helped out at the event.”

Artists’ Postcards from Wells

An exhibition of Artists’ Postcards from Wells and beyond was held at the Wells and Mendip Museum from March 18th to March 23rd in aid of the St Thomas’s Church Development Fund. Professional and amateur artists of all ages were invited to donate up to three pieces of postcard-size original art using any medium (including drawing, painting, mixed-media, textiles, ceramic tile or relief, printmaking, glass or photography). The works were displayed anonymously and available for purchase at £20 per item....
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Exeter UCAS Exhibition

Last week, 80 Lower Sixth pupils from Wells attended the annual Higher Education Exhibition held at the Westpoint Centre in Exeter, accompanied by Wells Head of Careers, Ben Taylor, Sally Rowley, Helen Tallet and Charlotte Farmer.The pupils were able collect prospectuses and speak to UCAS experts and representatives from all of the universities in the UK, as well as representatives from graduate-level apprenticeships, gap year specialists and members of the armed forces. There were inspirational talks, topical seminars, application process advice,...
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Tag Rugby Event

On Tuesday, Wells hosted over 100 pupils from local primary schools for a tag rugby event on the School’s Astro Pitch. The event was a huge success, with the pupils making the most of an exciting new experience on the Astro; whilst many of their parents came to watch the action. The event was hosted by the PE department, assisted by an enthusiastic group of School Sports Leaders, who helped with coaching and refereeing.

Hockey Tour to Barcelona

Two senior boys teams and one senior girls team spent several days in Barcelona during the February break as part of a school hockey tour.The group of 37 pupils, plus school staff, played at some amazing facilities in and around Barcelona, including Club Egara, CD Terrassa, Atletic Terrassa and Iluro Hockey Club.They were also fortunate enough to watch a Top La Liga game, visit the Nou Camp and spend time on the beach, which was a real treat in February!...
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Online A-level English Literature Seminars

Wells English A-level students recently took part in two online A-level English Literature seminars with university academics. The first was a seminar on ‘Hamlet’ with the University of Exeter’s inspiring Dr Briony Frost; the second a seminar on analysing prose fiction extracts with the University of Sussex’s Senior Teaching Fellow, Dr Graeme Pedlingham.Next week there will be a seminar on Chaucer’s ‘The Merchant’s Tale’ with Dr Marianne O’Doherty, an Associate Professor of Late Medieval Literature and Culture at the University...
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Mid Somerset Festival

Major Awards The Piano Shop, Bath Salver (Outstanding Young Pianist) Max May King Award (Outstanding Young Adult Singer) Gabrielle Keyboards Open Recital 1st Francois 2nd Sejin 3rd Jane Open Baroque 2nd Oscar Open Classical 1st Max 2nd Ruby Open Romantic 2nd Ruby 3rd Max Post 1900  1st Yolanda Repertoire (U13) 1st Jeremy 2nd Bibi Concerto Class 2nd Max Vocal Art Song (13 years) 1st Esme 2nd Amelia Art Song (14 years) 1st Annabel Art Song (15 years) 1st Ellen 2nd Cordelia 3rd Joint – Charlie & Freddie Show Song – Musical or Film (14 years)  1st Annabelle Show Song or Operetta (15 years) 1st Ellen Unaccompanied Folk Song (12 & 13 years) 1st...
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Ella crowned Taunton Young Musician 2019

Congratulations to Lower Sixth oboe specialist, Ella, who was crowned Taunton Young Musician 2019, after winning first prize in the finals of the prestigious Taunton Young Musician Competition at Queen’s Hall in Taunton, at the weekend. Ella won a significant financial prize, as well as the fantastic opportunity to perform a concerto with a full orchestra in the next academic year. The standard of the competition was particularly high this year and Ella performed alongside nine other finalists to take...
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Primary Maths Challenge

In November, a number of Year 6 pupils took part in the Primary Maths Challenge, a national competition involving 67,000 children around the country. Two Wells Junior School pupils achieved a score of over 20 in the initial challenge, which ensured qualification for the Bonus Round in February. Out of the 2,300 children who took part in this more demanding paper, both Wells pupils were awarded medals. Rosie was awarded a Silver medal and Joshua achieved the highest gold award,...
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Year 9 Drama Trip to The Making of Harry Potter

As part of our Drama and Integrated Arts programme, pupils in Year 9 took the opportunity to visit The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studio in London. The unique studio tour took pupils behind-the-scenes to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films, which showcased the huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also revealed some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over...
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Geography Field Trip to Glastonbury

28 Year 7 pupils headed to Glastonbury last Tuesday for a Geography field trip of two halves. In the first session pupils climbed to the top of Glastonbury Tor, where they learnt about the location of this historic landmark, followed by a session at the top on how to take bearings and measure slope angles using a clinometer.Pupils then headed into Glastonbury town centre to investigate the range of shops and determine where the busiest and most attractive parts of...
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Dorothy’s Magical Adventure

Wells Nursery and Pre-Prep pupils put on three sparkling performances of Dorothy’s Magical Adventure to parents, friends and siblings in the Ritchie Hall this week. This bespoke play, written and produced by Penelope Lambert, was inspired by the various strengths and personalities of the young children performing it – tailor-made to fit their individual talents! The story focuses on the adventures of a ruby-slippered Dorothy who explores different nursery rhyme lands, meeting a whole world of endearing characters along the...
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Theatre Trips to Oxford and Bath

A selection of pupils studying A-Level and GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies were treated to two wonderful theatre trips over the past couple of weeks. On Monday 18th February they were lucky enough to see a performance at the Ustinov Studio in Bath of the acclaimed The Blue Door, a play with original songs; listed by The Times as one of the most important shows to see in 2019. A true masterclass in acting from its two leads, the play...
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Regional Dance Heats

This year, two new Dance Companies have been created at Wells, one for the Upper School and one for the Lower School. We are delighted to announce that both groups are now through to the regional South heats at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon on Tuesday 19 March. Competing against other companies from across the South of England is a fantastic experience within itself, but there is also the possibility of a place in the National Finals. Best of luck...
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Commando Training Centre Royal Marines CTCRM

Last weekend Captain Elks and Lieutenant Lancey took 17 cadets away to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in Lympstone, Devon. The cadets attempted the infamous Royal Marines bottom field assault course, completed the Royal Marines Battle Swimming Test with full weight and weapon, had an afternoon learning how to clear rooms in a house and fighting in built up areas (FIBUA), were introduced to foreign weapons of the world and then put through their paces on the drill square completing leadership...
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Intermediate Mathematics Challenge 2019

In February, 82 pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11 sat this year’s Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.11 Wells pupils achieved a Gold Certificate: Year 9 pupils Abigail and Jason; Year 10 pupils Rocket, Lilian, Imogen and Lynus; Year 11 pupils Justin, Harry, Francois, Amber and Jeroan, who gained the highest score in the school, for the second year running. In addition there were 15 pupils awarded Silver Certificates and 17 pupils awarded Bronze Certificates.12 pupils have been invited to take part...
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Brass Tour to Jersey

Five Sixth Form musicians spent four days in Jersey as part of a Brass Tour to the island, during the March exeat weekend. Trombonist Meggie, tuba player Jacob, French horn player Hannah, and trumpeters Eliza and Danni performed in four concerts, engaging and entertaining audiences with mute demos, trumpet and flugelhorn comparisons, impressive hand-stopping and “build a brass instrument” demonstrations. For the evening concert each musician elected to speak about their instruments and their repertoire, presenting well-researched and prepared information...
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Muddy Puddles, the Listening Dog

Lucky young pupils at Wells Cathedral Junior School have recently welcomed a caring and cuddly new friend to their classrooms. Muddy Puddles, a beautiful Australian labradoodle, and experienced ‘listening dog’, joins pupils in different Pre-Prep and Junior School classes once a week for group and one to one sessions with the children, helping them develop a passion for reading. With his calm and loving temperament and soft, warm coat, Muddy Puddles provides a reassuring and soothing presence for children starting...
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The Event on the Lawn 2019

The Event on the Lawn 2019 took place on the evening of Saturday 2nd March and proved a huge success.The night of live music involved performances from a huge range of talented singers and musicians from the Senior School, from individual vocalists, to the Jazz Orchestra, alternative rock groups to the Barbershop. Whilst enjoying the series of fabulous acts, the lively audience of pupils, family and friends were able to partake in tasty snacks and street food as well as...
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Devon Silver Tournament Champ

Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Kevin, who won the U19 Devon Silver Badminton Tournament on Sunday. Year 11 pupil John reached the Quarter-Finals.The boys also reached the Semi-Finals of the Boys Doubles in the same tournament.