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A Christmas Cracker!

Pupils in Pre-Prep and Nursery have been incredibly creative over the last few weeks, honing their acting, singing and dancing skills for the end of term Christmas Cracker. Some photos of their wonderful preparations can be viewed here.  

Virtual Musical Advent Calendar

The Choir and Organists of Wells Cathedral have spent the second lockdown recording plenty of music for online offerings during Advent. One of these projects is a set of 25 pieces for 25 days – the perfect way to countdown to Christmas! A new musical gift will be available every morning throughout Advent from 9am, so don’t forget to visit daily for a festive treat!Virtual Musical Advent Calendar

Senior School Cross Country

Senior School pupils participated in House Cross Country throughout last week, with races completed in separate year groups. Over 350 pupils participated across the week with some absolutely thrilling finishes to each race, including a new school record! Winners of each year group were:Year 7Boys – George BroomheadGirls – Tilly Fitton-WhiteYear 8Boys – Daniel AllenGirls – Linsey MitchellYear 9 Boys – Arthur SharpGirls – Tabitha HeaselgraveYear 10Boys – Dougie SharpGirls – Sophie Nicholls New School recordSenior Boys – Oskar EdwardsGirls – Sophie...
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Senior Mathematics Challenge Golds 2020

Congratulations to four Senior Wells pupils who have achieved Gold Awards in this year’s Senior UK Mathematics Challenge: Jason Kong in Year 11, Joshua Ng in the Lower Sixth, and Harry Chantrey and Leo Li in the Upper Sixth.38 Senior Wells pupils sat the challenge in early November, the majority of whom completed the paper in its usual paper format whilst a few completed the paper simultaneously remotely via a computer link. The top 10% achievers are awarded Gold Certificates...
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Trading Places Writing Competition

Year 9 pupil Harry Jordan came away with a richly-deserved prize of £50 after being placed 3rd in the country for the University of Greenwich’s ‘Trading Places’ creative writing competition.Writing entirely independently, Harry read Victorian working class trade magazines on the University’s website to research the context for his story and wrote an impressively mature and sophisticated response which shared with Dickens, George Eliot and others a real concern for and understanding of the conditions of labour in Britain in...
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1,111th Birthday

Wells celebrated its 1,111th Birthday on Monday, on St Andrew’s Day, with a Wells Cathedral Service and celebratory St Andrew’s Day cake.Sixth formers attended Wells Cathedral for the Monday Morning Service, which was live streamed to the rest of the School community.At morning break, pupils and staff enjoyed a heart slice of the cake; followed by a St Andrew’s Day themed lunch arranged by Trevor and his team. The St Andrew’s flag flew from the roof of Cedars to mark...
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Tune up Tuesday – Celebrating the Importance of the Arts

Pupils at Wells, along with thousands of young people from across the country, took part in the uplifting online event #tuneupTuesday this week.The event aimed to highlight the importance of the arts, whilst continuing to encourage young people to pursue a career in this amazing industry, despite the difficulties posed by covid-19.Pupils had the opportunity to access a free library of five minute activities designed by professionals to develop artistic skills, covering music, dance, art, drama, design, poetry, screenwriting and...
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Bronze Food for Life Award Renewal

Congratulations to Trevor Phillips and the hard working Catering Team at Wells who have had their Bronze Food For Life Award renewed following a recent inspection!Despite the logistical difficulties of catering for hundreds of pupils and staff during a global pandemic, the team has continued to serve healthy, tasty meals throughout the term time and the holidays, when many boarders have been unable to return home, and it is wonderful that their hard work has been recognised once again. 

November Exeat Weekend Activities

This weekend boarders enjoyed an Exeat-with-a-difference. Due to the national lockdown there were almost 200 boarders across a wide age range staying at School who engaged with well over 30 different activities.There was a buzz of activity around the School with frisbee, badminton, dance, supervised academic study, music practice, and a host of dog walks and hikes into the Somerset countryside.New relationships were forged and pupils enjoyed the opportunity to try new hobbies as well as renew past interests. Above...
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Lily Headed for Princeton

Huge congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Lily Webb, who has been awarded a prestigious four year hockey bursary to attend Princeton University for the forthcoming academic year.Princeton University, a top ten Ivy League research university in New Jersey is the fourth oldest college in the United States. Famous for its faculty of world-renowned scholars and inclusive global community of students, Princeton alumni are well known for their ‘Tiger spirit’.Whilst she is there, Lily will play field hockey for the celebrated...
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Explore Learning Writers’ Awards Winner 2020

Congratulations to 11 year old aspiring writer Heidi Ashton in Year 6, whose story ‘No Longer Hidden’ has been chosen from thousands of entries as the Overall Winner in the prestigious national Explore Learning Writers’ Awards (ELWAs) 2020. Heidi, along with fellow Wells Year 6 classmate, Maisie Warner, were both initially shortlisted for the Top 100 Finalist List in the annual competition, having extended their creative writing skills over the October half term break as part of the Year 6...
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Odd Socks for Anti-Bullying Week

To mark Anti-Bullying Week, the Sixth Form wore odd socks on Thursday to indicate our School’s commitment to kindness, individuality and as a way of demonstrating that we do not tolerate or accept bullying at Wells. 

Wildlife Artists Exhibition Winner

Congratulations to Year 5 pupil Michael Dey, whose artwork ‘Go Wild’ has won the 8-12 year old category of the RSPB sponsored entry to the 57th Society of Wildlife Artists Natural Eye Exhibition.The Natural Eye, the annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists, showcases the very best of fine art inspired by the natural world. Renowned for displaying a wide-ranging collection of exciting and thought-provoking work including sculpture, printmaking, painting and drawing, there will always be something to delight...
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Pre-Prep Pupils Support Children in Need

Pre-Prep pupils were very keen to raise money for this year’s Children in Need, which took place on Friday 13th November.Year 2 pupils took charge, choosing the theme of ‘film characters’, creating their own video for the Pre-Prep Tapestry portal to make everyone aware of the plans, and asking everyone to dress up as their favourite character and to bring at least £1 as a donation.On the day, pupils dressed creatively, with brilliant costumes of characters from Star Wars, Harry...
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Netball Success for Lauren and Madison

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Lauren Wilkinson, who has been selected for the Severn Stars National Performance League U19 long squad, following a series of trials in October. Wells Head of Netball, Lisa Jarvis, said, “This is a huge achievement and will be a big commitment for Lauren involving travelling to Worcester twice a week to train and play with the squad. She works so hard on her netball and thoroughly deserves this success.”The National Performance Leagues (NPL) are England...
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Concert Series Continues at Cedars Hall

Despite the restrictions of covid-19, musicians at Wells have been actively involved in a number of high quality performances across the whole musical range over the last two weeks, with a series of concerts held in Cedars Hall.In addition to the popular and well-attended Performance Platforms for both Vocal and Woodwind musicians in Cedars Hall last week, involving 27 vocalists and 17 Woodwind musicians, Friday’s impressive Popular Music Concert featured performances of compositions by our very own talented array of...
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Upper Sixth University Offers and Music College Auditions

Only a month after the first UCAS deadline of 15th October, Upper Sixth pupils, who applied early to University, have received more than 50 offers for places at top institutions across the UK. The majority of offers are from Russell Group Universities to study subjects as diverse as Aeronautics, Classics, Geography, Music, Philosophy and Theology, and Psychology.Many Wells Upper Sixth musicians are also in the process of applying to Conservatoire through applications and recorded auditions, used this year for the...
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Top 100 Writing Competition Finalists

Congratulations to Heidi Ashton and Maisie Warner, both budding young writers in Year 6, who have been shortlisted from thousands of entries for the Top 100 finalists in the national Explore Learning Story Competition 2020.Year 6 pupils extended their writing skills over the October half term break by creating 500 word stories to enter into the Explore Learning Writers’ Competition. Children aged 4-14 years of age were invited from across the Uk to pen a 500 word story on the...
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Last Post Trumpeters Perform in the Community

Despite many of this year’s local Remembrance Services being cancelled due to COVID-19, Wells trumpeters have still managed to perform The Last Post and Reveille for local communities at Services on Remembrance Sunday and on Armistice Day.Charlie Ballamy and George Wareham, both in Year 9, played at Maiden Bradley Church and Binegar Church, respectively; Erin Davies and Grace Davies, both in Year 11, played at Wells Cathedral and Ditcheat War Memorial, respectively; Charlie Spencer, in the Lower Sixth, played at...
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School Remembrance Service

In the absence of the usual whole school Remembrance Assemblies, this year Remembrance was observed by pupils, teachers and staff before the start of morning lessons on Armistice Day, with a recording of Sunday’s Memorial Service, followed by two minutes silence.As part of the recording and in line with the School’s traditional Service, pupils recited war poetry, in both German and in English and there was a reading from The Book of Wisdom.In this the 80th anniversary of the Battle...
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A Level Photography Exhibition 2020

We are currently holding a 2020 A Level Photography Exhibition in the John Baxter Foyer of Cedars Hall which showcases some of the final outcomes produced by last year’s A Level pupils as part of their Personal Investigation Unit. There is a range of creative responses on display, from nature and wildlife photography, to fashion and street photography.Enjoy the images from the exhibition, below: 

Lower School Art Exhibition

We are currently holding a Lower School KS3 Art Exhibition within the Art department gallery, showcasing outcomes and sketchbooks created by pupils in Years 7 to 9. Project themes have included Structures, Natural Forms and Identity. See below for a selection of work.We are very proud of all our Lower School pupils’ efforts and the high standard of work achieved.

Somerset Selection for Will

Congratulations to Year 5 pupil William Sharp, who has been selected for the Somerset U11 County Cricket squad.Wells Director of Sport, Tom Webley said, “This achievement is particularly exceptional considering Will is just nine years old. He possesses a huge amount of potential and we look forward to watching him progress in the years ahead.”

Love through the Ages

Wells Head of English, Neil Bowen, will be presenting at the English in Action Love Through the Ages online conference for pupils studying English A level next week.Neil will be one of five expert lecturers delivering a day that is filled with a love for learning, inspiring pupils to dive deeper into key texts and to excel in their examinations.Neil, an acclaimed author in his own right, will be presenting an informative session on representations of love in poetry. He...
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Reflections on Remembrance

In our virtual Whole School Assembly last week, Head of History, Chris Eldridge, gave this Reflection on Remembrance, a fitting tribute, in this 102nd year marking the end of the First World War: Remembrance Day is an opportunity to reflect on the dead and veterans of all wars. It was, as many of you know, conceived in the aftermath of the First World War, hence the choice of the 11th November, the date that war stopped. Not a single person alive...
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Save the Children Walk with a Difference

Congratulations to all those involved in this year’s Save the Children Sponsored Walk with a Difference, held annually at Wells since 1966, but in 2020, held as a first non-cohesive event in the School’s history, as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.Pupils in their own chosen groups, in Houses and in families walked or ran the 10km or 5 km distance over a two week period before half term and together raised £2,065. The Save the Children committee in Wells are...
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Luke’s Film Debut Available on Netflix

This weekend, Year 10 pupil Luke Doyle’s film debut in the award-winning and emotive story, The Song of Names, will be available to view on Netflix for the very first time.The film, directed by Francois Girard, is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht, with the screenplay written by Jeffrey Caine.Starring Clive Owen, Tim Roth and Catherine McCormack, The Song of Names is a heart-wrenching tale of friendship, faith, betrayal and classical music – with...
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Hockey Success for Wells Seniors

Senior School Wells hockey players are enjoying success across the age ranges, with many selected for trials and matches over the October break and the weeks ahead. Three pupils are taking part in England Hockey trials this week: good luck to Year 11 pupil Oskar Edwards for the Under 16 trials, and to Year 11 pupil Charles Rowley and Upper Sixth pupil, Lily Webb for the Under 18 trials.Archie Bray, Monty Pratt and Ralf Warner, all in Year 9, played...
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Announcement of Head of Wells Cathedral School Junior School

The Governing Body of Wells Cathedral School is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Jody Wells as Head of Wells Cathedral School Junior School with effect from 1 September 2021. He will succeed Mrs Julie Barrow who will now retire at the end of the Trinity Term 2021 after over thirty years of dedicated and committed service to the School.The Governors and School are heartened to have made an appointment from a strong and very experienced field of candidates.Jody...
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Hereford Cathedral Organ Scholarship

Congratulations to Upper Sixth organist François Cloete, who has been awarded the organ scholarship at Hereford Cathedral following auditions and interviews over the half term break.François will start his year-long position at the Cathedral next September, before taking up his place at Merton College, Oxford as organ scholar and to read Music, the following year. 

Recorder Masterclass

Thank you to Ian Wilson, principal recorder professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for an inspiring masterclass with Wells specialist recorder players just before the half term break. Recorder playing at Wells goes from strength to strength thanks to our fabulous recorder teacher Tabea Debus.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Certificates of Achievement

Congratulations to 33 Senior School pupils who have been awarded Certificates of Achievement by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme for completing the three or four sections of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, minus the Expedition, during the lockdown period.In recognition of their efforts, The Duke of Edinburgh Award has formally recognised their achievements in the face of the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.Director of Outdoor Learning and School CCF Contingent Commander, Major Elks, said “It is an...
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François Awarded Postgraduate Diploma

Congratulations to Upper Sixth musician, François Cloete, who has just been awarded a postgraduate Associates Diploma (ARCO) from the Royal College of Organists.Associateship of the College indicates a standard of professional competency in organ playing technique, essential keyboard skills and interpretative understanding. It also indicates accuracy in aural perception and fluency in those written disciplines (standard stylistic techniques and analysis of performance and historical issues in relation to organ repertoire) which support practical musicianship. The Associateship examination consists of two...
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Independent School of the Year for Performing Arts

We are delighted to have been chosen as Independent School of the Year 2020 for Performing Arts!Wells secured the title, awarded by Independent School Parent Magazine, for “really living their philosophy of ‘Be what you can be’ [sic] through their elite and general programmes.”Head Master, Alastair Tighe said, “This is such a fantastic achievement. It is truly wonderful that the efforts, commitment and talents of so many colleagues and pupils have been recognised in this way. It is a particular...
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Elite Coaching Masters Awarded to Tom

Very many congratulations to Wells Director of Sport, Tom Webley, who has been awarded an MSc in Elite Coaching from the University of Gloucestershire.For his specialised dissertation, ‘The impact of an independent education on sporting participation and success.‘, Tom conducted a vast amount of research into extra-curricular programmes at both independent and state schools throughout the country. His exploration found that pupils who attended independent schools had significantly increased opportunities to excel at sport, with particular reference to the quality...
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Ian Murphy Drawing Workshops

As part of their Skills Foundation Course for GCSE and A Level Art, Year 10 and Lower Sixth artists participated in an advanced drawing masterclass with internationally renowned artist Ian Murphy this week. They enjoyed an action-packed day, learning and experimenting with new and exciting drawing techniques and utilising a diverse range of alternative drawing and mark-making media processes. The pupils were inspired by Ian’s infectious passion for drawing, his inspirational demonstrations and supportive, individual advice.Head of Art, Linzi Stockdale-Bridson...
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Double Oxbridge Organ Scholarships

Huge congratulations to Upper Sixth pupils François Cloete and June Rippon, who have both been awarded organ scholarships and offers to read Music at Merton College, Oxford and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, respectively, for the next academic year. A double organ scholarship first for Wells!

Robinson Award Winner

Congratulations to Junior School trumpeter, Cole Craggs, winner of a Future Talent Robinson Award, at the tender age of just 10 years old.Cole, who is in Year 6 at Wells, originally applied to Future Talent’s Junior Programme. Having reviewed the video sent with his application, the adjudicating team suggested that he audition for their main programme, usually intended for 16 – 17 year olds. Cole was offered the full Robinson Award of £1,000 after he impressed their audition panel with renditions of...
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Bridget Wins Gold at International Solo Competition

Many congratulations to Lower Sixth pianist Bridget Yee who has been awarded First Prize and a Gold Medal with Honour at the prestigious He Yue International Online Instrumental Solo Competition.Bridget played the Scarlatti Piano Sonata in G Major and Chopin’s Barcarolle in F# Major for the virtual performance in the Final.The online closing ceremony for the competition will be broadcasted on Facebook on the evening of 17th October.

Two Moors Festival Winner

The delayed 2020 Two Moors Festival Competition took place over the last weekend in September at Taunton School, and seven Wells woodwind musicians took part. Congratulations to Year 10 clarinettist Leo Wong, who was one of the four winners of this prestigious competition, winning a significant financial prize. Year 9 flautist Lily Owens and Upper Sixth recorder player Cordelia Murray Brown were runners up. All three Wells prize winners will take part in a masterclass with Anna Menzies focusing on performance skills, before...
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Wells CCF Ongoing Success

The Wells CCF is going from strength to strength, with over 200 enrolled cadets, plus their officers, now active members of the School Contingent. School Contingent Commander, Stuart Elks is promoted to Major in line with the increased scale of the Contingent, whilst Contingent Training Officer and School Staff Instructor, Glyn Lancey is promoted to Captain. Glyn is also the Company Commander of the Somerset Army Cadet Force, based in Taunton, where he is in charge of eight detachments, and hundreds...
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Upper Sixth Geology Field Trip

It was great to see the Upper Sixth geologists able to continue their mandatory fieldwork exercises in Portishead last week. Socially distanced sedimentary logging and sketching, face masks in minibus, hand gel, rule of six between localities and individual equipment in ziplocks meant that it was a little different from previous years, but the quality of work was excellent and the day was enjoyed by all.

Year 7 Team Building

Year 7 pupils made the most of last week’s beautiful weather as they completed a variety of activities to develop team building skills. The event was coordinated by Graham Norris who adjusted the programme to meet the most up to date Covid-19 guidelines. Head of Year, David Rowley said, “It was good to see the pupils responding well to the challenges and working on behaviours to stand them in good stead both inside and outside the classroom.”

First Team Cricket Match Played in Glorious Surroundings

On Thursday the First XI played their opening cricket match of the year against King’s Bruton, on the glorious Cedars Field pitch, delighted to be back playing competitive team sport for the first time in many months.Wells Director of Sport, Tom Webley said, “It was fantastic to be out playing cricket again! The boys thoroughly enjoyed the game and their excitement was clear to see.”The Wells Grounds Team ensured that the pitch played superbly well and the beautiful School grounds...
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason Visits Wells

Cellist and BBC Young Musician of the Year Winner 2016, Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed a version of the Dvorak Cello Concerto especially arranged for reduced forces in the Cathedral on 16th September, with the Fantasia Orchestra and the conductor Tom Fetherstonhaugh.The musicians rehearsed on the evening of the 15th, and members of the Wells Cathedral School Strings Department were invited to attend this rehearsal.Accompanied by a number of Graduate Music Assistants and Wells Co-ordinator of Strings, Simon Smith, 25 pupils were...
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Year 10 GCSE Artwork

Year 10 pupils studying Art have already completed some high quality drawings this term as part of the Personal Portfolio component of their Art GCSE. This incorporates a skills foundation which includes drawing, painting, print, digital and mixed media on a variety of themes. The initial drawings form part of the Man-Made / Natural Structures theme.Head of Art, Linzi Stockdale-Bridson has been particularly encouraged by the high standard of the work completed to date. 

Activity Afternoon for Wells CCF Cadets 

Senior Wells CCF cadets enjoyed an afternoon of rigorous activities in their year groupings on Wednesday, directed by recently promoted Major Stuart Elks, the Contingent Commander.After a fully distanced parade inspection at the front of Cedars, the cadets split into groups to focus on key physical and leadership activities. Year 10 cadets took part in Royal Navy Gun Run training and Life Raft Flipping; cadets in Year 11 learned Infantry Section Attack skills; whilst the Lower and Upper Sixth cadets...
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Wells Concerto Competition

On Saturday evening, seven of our exceptional musicians performed in the Final of the Concerto Auditions in Cedars Hall. The winning prize was the opportunity to perform their concerto with the School’s Symphony Orchestra this academic year. The finalists were:Stan Talman (Marimba), Elaina Charalambous (Clarinet), Nellie Whittam (Violin), Bridget Yee (Piano), Sejin Yoon (Piano), Luke Lane (Trumpet) and Vivian Kao (Violin) Mr Dinis Sousa, an eminent conductor who was our independent adjudicator, has chosen Sejin as the winner of this...
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Upper Sixth Art Exhibition 2019-20

The creative talent of last year’s Upper Sixth A level artists is now on display in the John Baxter Foyer of Cedars Hall. The work on show features a selection of A level Fine Art works within the theme ‘Personal Investigation’ by Polly Palmer, Andy Kwon, Chompoo Changfun, Yannis Chang and Katie Cadoret.Here is a video providing a virtual tour of their work: Personal Investigation Artwork

Peterhouse Kelvin Science Competition Prize

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Oisin Moriarty, who has been awarded one of the prizes in the annual Peterhouse Kelvin Science Competition for his essay, written during his Lower Sixth year: ‘Using numerical evidence, what carbon stocks could be enhanced to make the UK carbon neutral?’The Peterhouse Essay Competitions are a great opportunity for Lower Sixth pupils to start exploring their subject and have a taste of university-level research. Each competition has a prize pool of £750. There are three...
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Antarctica Creative Writing Competition Winner

Congratulations to Year 8 pupil Elizabeth Hanley, who has won the 11 to 13 age category of the Antarctica Creative Writing Competition.The competition, run by the Natural History Consortium – which includes the BBC, the University of Bath, the University of Bristol and the National Trust among its 13 members – was set up in celebration of Antarctica Day and formed part of the Festival of Nature in Bath and Bristol.The judge commented on Elizabeth’s story: “This was an exciting...
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Somerset Youth Music

Nearly 100 pupils and staff from over 30 schools in Somerset, including current Wells pupils and Old Wellensians, virtually reunited recently to perform a track and video, One Day Like This, combining the talents of musicians from the Somerset County Youth Concert Band, Somerset County Youth Orchestra and Somerset County Youth Choirs.Former Wells musicians who performed on the track included Niamh Davies, Polly Palmer on percussion, Eliza Talman on trumpet and Matthew Whitehead on trumpet. Current pupils included Amy Cleverly...
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Hosting Somerset CCC

Wells was honoured to host the U13 Somerset Junior Pathway cricket matches on the beautiful Cedars pitch over the summer break. The Grounds Team ensured that the grounds were in perfect shape and it proved to be a lovely afternoon of cricket. Jack Moore, Somerset Boys U13 Cricket Coach, said, “A massive thank you to the school for hosting the matches. In such a lovely setting, the pitch looked and played brilliantly so huge well done to you and the grounds team....
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Theatre Royal Sound Performances

Year 10 pupil Campbell Maddox took part in the creation of a digital performance piece with the Bath Theatre Royal over the summer. Young performers and sound artists from across the country worked with the Egg Theatre to make site specific sound performances which can be accessed via QR codes around Bath.Campbell created a piece inspired by the Beaser Maze. The pieces, called ‘Echoing’, form a kind of treasure hunt around Bath starting at the Royal Theatre and will be ...
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Unlocking Musical Talent

Two Wells girl choristers were finalists and prize winners in an international online singing competition, Unlock Your Talent, over the summer lockdown. Year 8 pupil Elizabeth Burdge entered the 12 to 18 category, singing Amarilli Mia Bella by Caccini; and Belinda Gifford-Guy the 6 to 11 category, singing Wishing you were Somehow Here Again by Andrew Lloyd Webber.With celebrity judges from The Voice and English National Opera, and young people competing from as far away as Australia, competition was tough and...
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Dorset County Girls Champion

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Hermione Christey-Clover, who won the Dorset County Girls Golf Championship against strong opposition at Ashley Wood Golf Club over the summer, taking the title by two shots, with a round of one under par and gross score of 70, her personal best. Hermione is this year’s Dorset Girls Golf Captain.

Wells Musicians Form Part of New Virtual Orchestra

To mark the 40th anniversary of the government’s Music and Dance Scheme, young musicians from the UK’s five specialist music schools have collaborated on a new commission.An 80-piece virtual orchestra has been formed by pupils from Wells Cathedral School, Chetham’s, St Mary’s Edinburgh, The Purcell School and the Yehudi Menuhin School.Wells provided one of the biggest cohorts, with 23 pupils playing string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.The pupils recorded their own individual parts of a new piece specially written for...
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GCSE Results Released in an Exceptional Year – Summer 2020

Year 11 pupils at Wells Cathedral School celebrated an extraordinary set of GCSE results on Thursday, despite an unsettling and anxious wait amidst Department for Education policy changes. This year, with all public examinations cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, pupils were awarded their results based on Centre Assessed Grades.Almost two fifths of Wells pupils gained the top two 9-8 grades for their GCSE subjects, the very highest percentage obtained in the School’s history. 20 per cent of...
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Budding Wildlife Photographer on the BBC

Upper Sixth pupil, James Manning, has taken the opportunity to significantly build on his photographic portfolio during the long months of lockdown and the summer holidays, as revealed on BBC Somerset online and on BBC Radio Somerset this morning: BBC Somerset.James spent lockdown taking photos in the glorious Somerset countryside around his home and said it helped him feel happier about his future, whatever his A-level results. He worked six 10-hour days a week out in the countryside near his...
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Impressive A Level Performance for Wells Cathedral School Pupils

Despite the complexity surrounding this year’s A level results day, pupils at Wells Cathedral School had much to celebrate, with an excellent set of A level results achieved by this year’s cohort and the majority of pupils offered places at their preferred institutions. The overall pass rate was 100 per cent, the highest ever pass rate at the School. Well over three quarters achieved grades A* to B; almost half achieved grades A* to A (compared to a national average...
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French Cafés Open For Business!

Pupils in Years 2 and 3 transported their families to France this week by opening their very own French Café at home! They have spent the week practising useful phrases and names of traditional French café snacks, making menus and table decorations, as well as brushing up on their serving skills! Not only were they tasked with setting up and serving in the café, but cooking up some French culinary delights as well, such as crêpes au sucre, croque-monsieur and some...
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Virtual Sports Day – Reaching Olympia

In lieu of the School’s competitively fought athletics-based Sports Day on the last Tuesday of term, the whole School community was encouraged between them to run, cycle, walk or swim 1,521 miles, the distance from Wells to Olympia where the Olympic Games originated.Despite the damp weather, the response from pupils, staff and parents was brilliant, with 524 participants covering 1,624 miles!Wells Director of Sport, Tom Webley said, “A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in our virtual...
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Junior School Glast-home-bury Festival

Pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 had a fabulous time recreating their very own Glast -home-bury Festival last week, making the most of the glorious sunshine in their own external and indoor campsites!Pupils and teachers kicked off the week watching a special video message from Old Wellensian Michael Eavis and seasoned Glastonbury performer, Jake. Over the next few days they then took part in a variety of virtual workshops, including Zumba, flute and piano masterclasses, a percussion workshop where...
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Senior Artwork for the Year

Here is a selection of GCSE and A Level artwork by Senior School pupils in Years 10 to 13, to showcase some of the fantastic work produced by our talented pupils both in School and during the remote learning period over the course of this academic year.

Hetta Runner Up in Young Songwriter of the Year Competition

We are so proud of Year 11 songwriter, Hetta Falzon, who was the Runner Up in the main 13-18 UK/Ireland category at this year’s Young Songwriter of the Year, with her song ‘Obsession’.With entries from over 700 young songwriters, Hetta’s success, at only 15 years of age, in such a prestigious and competitive contest is extraordinary.    Last week she was interviewed on Glastonbury FM and BBC Radio Somerset and has just released her latest song, ‘Overdose’, which she wrote and recorded...
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Tom Webley Clip Goes Viral

Wells Director of Sport and ECB Level 4 Coach, Tom Webley, has gained international recognition this week, as the result of a clip he tweeted with old footage of his first class cricket debut for Somerset, which has now garnered over 130,000 views. Aged just 19, Tom faced the world-renowned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, at Durham County Ground, Chester-le-Street, and was caught first ball. Hardly surprising, when facing the fastest bowler ever recorded, at speeds of 100mph!Tom’s clip went viral...
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Care Home Letter Delivery

Head Master, Alastair Tighe, aided by some of our Pre-Prep pupils, handed over hundreds of hand written letters from pupils and staff to Philip Welch, representative of the Wells Coronavirus Network, on Monday, to be distributed to residents of Torrwood, Fletcher House, Mellifont Abbey and Lawrence Centre care homes. We hope that these letters and the musical recordings made by Wells musicians provide joy and love to many in our community.

British Biology Olympiad Awards

Congratulations to the following pupils in the Lower Sixth, who sat the British Intermediate Biology Olympiad at the start of June. This competition is run by the Royal Society of Biology and took the form of a one-hour Biology general knowledge paper.Silver Awards to Max Li and Shona M’gadzahBronze Awards to Wayne Chen, Serena Chung, Roisin Clarke, Thomas Fox and Amelia WatsonHighly Commended to Lily WebbCommended to Katie Hastilow

Woody Features on BBC Radio Somerset

Congratulations to Year 7 ex-chorister and young composer, Woody Collins, whose song, Lockdown Blues, written over the last few months of physical distancing, was featured on BBC Radio Somerset this morning. Woody gave a pre-recorded interview about his enjoyment of composition and his musical ambitions.One of Woody’s previous compositions, Vicar’s Close, was shortlisted and commended in the top 40 entries for the 8-12 age group category of the Songwriter of the Year Competition 2020. 

Australian Pen Pan Exchange

A number of pupils in the Senior School have recently taken the opportunity to be part of a pen pal arrangement with pupils from Toowoomba Grammar School in Queensland, Australia. Communications have ranged from emails to video links over social media, and have given the pupils an invaluable opportunity to compare notes about life, school, home and social lives. Several commented that it was especially welcome to be able to reach out to another teenager over the last very strange...
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Letter to The Times – 1,111 Years and Counting

A letter written to The Times by Head Master Alastair Tighe about the continual flourishing of Wells Cathedral School during times of crisis throughout its 1,111 year history was published in the newspaper on Friday.Alastair Tighe’s letter is replicated below:Letter to Times: 19th June 2020Dear Sir,The ongoing physical closure of schools as a result of the Covid pandemic is undoubtedly unwelcome for the current generation of pupils, but I hope the example of my own school demonstrates that we will...
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Written and Musical Support for Local Care Homes

The School is aware that many of the residents of our nation’s care homes have had to endure the long weeks of lockdown isolated from family and friends. To help raise spirits and provide some contact with the outside world for those who are more elderly and vulnerable in our community, pupils from across the School and all round the world, as well as staff, in conjunction with the Wells Coronavirus Network, have taken time to write letters to the...
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Poetry By Heart Somerset KS4 Winner

Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Alexei James-Cudworth, who was the Somerset winner in the Key Stage 4 section of this year’s Poetry By Heart competition.Feedback from the judges included:Poem 1: ‘Jabberwocky’“Good modulation of pace and Alexei showed relish in the poem’s language.”Poem 2: ‘How to Kill’“A poised performance that captures the poem’s inner tensions well.”Julie Blake, Director of Poetry By Heart wrote, “Our panel of judges were impressed by how these young people managed to learn two poems by heart...
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Frances Awarded Bulkeley Evans HMC Scholarship Fund

Current Upper Sixth pupil, Frances Fraser, has been awarded a significant Bulkeley Evans HMC Scholarship to help fund her unpaid volunteering work in Northern Cambodia for the Project Trust during her forthcoming Gap year.Frances applied to a number of grant-making bodies who support volunteering projects for young people, as a representative of the Project Trust, and the Bulkeley Evans HMC Scholarship Trust considered her long term project in a deprived country of sufficient merit to award a £800 scholarship to...
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Lower Sixth Higher Education Morning

Saturday’s Higher Education Morning for the Lower Sixth, run by the Sixth Form Leadership Team of Sally Rowley, Rebecca Murdoch and Julia Bird, provided pupils with invaluable information and advice about the next stages of their education, post Wells, whether applying to university, music college, taking a Gap year or seeking apprenticeships and employment.In addition to advice from Head of Sixth Form, Sally Rowley, the School hosted talks from experienced and informative external speakers: The University Admissions Process, by Iwan...
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Poetry By Heart Somerset Winner

Well done to Year 9 pupil, Campbell Maddox, who was the Key Stage 3 Somerset winner in the county section of this year’s Poetry By Heart competition.The Key Stage 3 poem performances were judged by a team of poets, poetry experts and educators from the organisations which make up Poetry By Heart’s partnership. Feedback from the judges included: Poem 2: ‘The Language of Cat’ – “The judges were very impressed by the skilful pacing of this recitation. An enjoyable and well controlled...
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Hetta Reaches Final 3!

Huge congratulations to Year 11 singer/songwriter Hetta Falzon, whose song ‘Obsession’ has made it through to the top three songs shortlisted for the Finals of the Song Academy’s Young Songwriter of the Year, 13-18 year UK/Ireland category.This year’s competition attracted over 700 entries from aspiring young songwriters across the world, with a wide variety of genres, from folk to jazz, soul, rock, punk, reggae & pop.Hetta will now perform in a live Instagram event on Saturday 20th June, attended by...
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Pre-University Guide for the Upper Sixth

Assistant Head of Sixth Form (Upper Sixth and Ritchie House), Julia Bird, and colleagues have put together a fantastic Webinar Series for Upper Sixth pupils which includes academic lectures, workshops, presentations and advice on transitioning to Higher Education as well as links to useful online resources and MOOCs.    The School is committed to providing pupils with the best preparation it can, albeit on a virtual platform, for the transition to Higher Education and life beyond school in general. The Old...
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Phased Return to the Junior School

We were delighted to welcome some of our Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils back to School, as part of a phased return this week. We cannot tell you how exciting it has been to see their happy faces again in real life! However, this has obviously been tinged with sadness at not being able to see all our pupils. School is different, whether the learning is in the classroom or at home, but nevertheless we are all adjusting...
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Let the River Run from Choralia

Wells Cathedral School Choralia is very proud to share their first virtual choir performance with you: Carly Simon’s Let the River Run, in a fantastic arrangement by Craig Hella Jonhson. Thank you to Director Chris Finch for all his hard work pulling this together.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNqhgMZvHkk

CARE Awards

At Wells, we live by our four core values of Creativity, Aspiration, Responsibility and Endeavour. During lockdown, our pupils have been displaying all of these in abundance. Not only have they been working incredibly hard on their academic studies throughout this strange time of remote learning, but they have also made the most of different opportunities to demonstrate creative and positive responses to the situation in which we all find ourselves.We are delighted to share this video, made by Year...
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Wells Signs Up to BSA Covid-19 Safety Charter

Here at Wells, the safety and wellbeing of our pupils and staff is always our foremost concern; and during the Covid-19 crisis, we have been and will continue to implement numerous measures to ensure their safety.We have taken great pleasure in looking after the children of Key Workers throughout the crisis, so far, and this week have been delighted to see the safe return of many pupils from the Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes. We are looking forward...
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Stay Happy with the Percussion Ensemble

30 Wells percussionists from Year 5 to the Upper Sixth, along with five percussion staff have created a joyous and uplifting collaborative rendition of Pharrell Williams’ much loved song Happy.Smoothly coordinated by Head of Student Experience and well-being and Co-ordinator of Percussion, Jayne Obradovic; arranged by Toby Kearney; and produced and edited expertly by lead technician, Tim Walker, the musicians submitted many audio and video clips that they had prepared and performed over the last few weeks, to create this...
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Beyond the Seven Seas

With some members of the Reception and Year 1 classes back in school this week, but others, as well as Nursery and Year 2 pupils still based at home, lessons for the Pre-Prep have continued in both the classroom and online.This week’s theme is Beyond the Seven Seas, providing all the children with an opportunity to learn about sea creatures, pirates and treasure maps! For those in school, the Pre-Prep building has turned into an Octopod, with small groups of...
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24 Boehm Caprices Inspires Flautists

On 1st June, fourteen Wells flautists came together with Elizabeth Walker and Susie Hodder-Williams in a sponsored challenge to play all 24 Boehm Caprices in one session, which equates to approximately two hours of continuous playing! They played to raise money for HelpMusicians, a charity that has been supporting musicians who have seen significant loss of earnings at this time.Theobald Boehm’s 24 Caprices are advanced studies aimed to improve technique and variety on the flute. Elizabeth Walker asked flute teachers,...
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National Star Recording

In mid-May, National Youth Orchestra percussionists, Alfie Creber and Stan Talman, along with Co-ordinator of the Percussion Department, Jayne Obradovic, recorded videos for the National Star Charity project. The Charity has been working on a special project, called the Percushion Wave, to connect everyone who is in lockdown or shielding because of health issues.National Star is a UK charity which supports young people with complex disabilities. While some students are at college in Gloucestershire, many more are shielding at home...
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Live Streamed Popular & Commercial Music Concert

On Friday evening, the Popular & Commercial Music Department hosted a live streamed concert on YouTube featuring talented young musicians performing a selection of original songs and covers. The focus for the event was to showcase Wells singer songwriters. Among them they have recently featured on BBC radio and in the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition. We are proud to say that several pupils made it to the top 40 songs with Woody Collins receiving a Highly Commended prize and...
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Virtual Brass Concerts

Brass musicians gave two fabulous virtual brass concerts on Friday afternoon: A ‘Lockdown Lunchtime’ concert and a ‘Brass Teatime Treats’ concert.Performers, playing French horns, trombones, trumpets and tubas, ranged in age from 8 to 18, and took part from across the globe – from homes in Wells to London, Devon, Alderney and Hong Kong! Congratulations to all those who performed, and many thanks to Ross Brown and Tim Walker for organising and providing the technical expertise to allow these to...
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Online Learning – The Journey So Far

As the Whitsun Term draws to a close, remote learning has now been in place for 6 teaching weeks and teachers, pupils and parents have begun to get used to it as a way of continuing to deliver the best education we can in a lockdown situation. As with any new challenge, remote learning has proved to be a learning curve for all of us, and there have been challenges along the way. But thanks to the determination, commitment and...
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Scientists Create Choc Cycles

Pupils in Year 8 have been learning about rocks as part of their science syllabus this term.This week they went on walks to discover different examples of rock weathering close to their homes, created choc cycles, which demonstrate rock types made from chocolate; as well as designing excellent cartoons to summarise their learning.  

Year 4 Camping Trip

At the end of May, pupils in Year 4 traditionally enjoy an overnight camping trip, joined by their teachers, in a beautiful location in Priddy. This opportunity provides a wonderful experience for independence, learning basic survival skills, and enormous fun.This year, far from missing out due to lockdown, Year 4 pupils have embraced the same challenges, with advice and support from their teachers, but in their own homes and gardens and the involvement of their families this time!Over the last...
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Q&A Politics Session with Richard Bacon MP

Sixth form pupils studying Politics benefited from a fascinating question and answer session via remote video link with Richard Bacon MP this morning, set up by Head of History and Politics, Chris Eldridge.Richard is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for South Norfolk since 2001. He studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he gained a First in politics and economics.Richard was able to provide invaluable insights into the workings...
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TED Talks

A TED Talk is anything you want it to be, whether that’s teaching the audience about a global tax on billionaires or persuading them that love is just a chemical reaction. These are just two examples of the eight thought provoking talks that were performed at this year’s Lower Sixth TED Talk evening in late February.TED is an online organisation which converges technology, education and entertainment, with aims to spread ideas on almost all topics in the form of short,...
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Year 6 Technology Challenge

Pupils in Year 6 have been taking part in science and technology challenges as part of their academic lessons. This week the challenges involved weight and load. One involved building a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows. The current record stands at 90cm! Another was to use just paper to see how many pennies or marbles the pupils’ bridges could hold.

Money Raised for the NHS

Congratulations to a large group of pupils who have actively participated in an ‘Art Saves Us’ charity event to raise funds for the NHS. Over £10,000 was raised by the pupils and their parents within two days, which successfully purchased 2,000 sets of ICU protective coveralls for the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.With thanks to Year 7 pupils, Sophia Dou, Jinchen Ju; Year 9 pupils, Alison Li, Bonnie Liu, Nicole Wong; Year 10 pupils, Coco He, Noah Ip, Gary...
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Richard Long Inspired Artwork

Some of our youngest pupils have been learning about the artwork created by Richard Long, one the best-known British land artists. He is the only artist to have been short-listed four times for the Turner Prize. He was nominated in 1984, 1987 and 1988, and then won the award in 1989 for White Water Line.Richard heard about the pupils studying his artwork and has produced a special piece of Spring Line art to inspire them, shown above!  
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