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OW to compete in Paris Olympics

Huge congratulations to OW Annie Campbell-Orde (2014) who is heading to Paris as one of the Team GB rowers! Annie will be competing in the Women’s Eight event; if you’d like to tune in, you can view a schedule of the rowing events here. We can’t wait to see how she gets on and wish her the very best of luck!To learn more about Sport at Wells, click here.

Finley captains Gloucestershire CCC U14s

We are delighted that Finley (Year 9) has been appointed as Captain of the Gloucestershire CCC U14s this summer. We have no doubt that Finley thoroughly deserves this opportunity given his brilliant performances at School throughout the Whitsun Term!To learn more about Sport at Wells, click here.

U15 Boys’ Cricket Devon tour

Our U15 Boys had a brilliant time touring North Devon during the half Term break. Travelling down on the first day, the squad stopped to play West Buckland School. Everyone contributed to a convincing win; very good innings from Ethan (Year 10) and Zak (Year 9) saw Wells chase down 110 comfortably. Rewarded with a lovely evening meal, everyone settled in for the night at the accommodation. The following day, the boys took part in various activities including a water...
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To space and back… in a day!

On Thursday 6th June, pupils in Year 5 were treated to a workshop run by Jo from Space Detectives. They explored the universe and planets by participating in the Destination Mars workshop, considering the challenges and implications of living on Mars.The morning began with a virtual tour of space wherein pupils were transported into an amazing technologically advanced “Space World” and were awed by moments of discovery and learning as they journeyed into space through the use of VR headsets. Whilst...
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Prep School Humanities Week

The first ever Prep School ‘Humanities Week’, held in the final week of the Whitsun Term, started with a fantastic virtual visit from Amie the Archaeologist. Pupils had pre-prepared some excellent questions to ask Amie about archaeology and she was able to give lots of brilliant information about this fascinating career. Highlights of the session included seeing real archaeological artefacts and learning about LIDAR technology which is used to identify possible dig sites.Led by Reverend Tom Handy, pupils in Years...
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Sound of Wells Festival

It has been brilliant for School musicians to be so strongly involved with the Cathedral-led Sound of Wells Festival. In a week featuring over a dozen fabulous musical events it was wonderful to hear a Choral Evensong which combined fabulous tradition with such fresh music featuring our GMA Megan Glover playing saxophone alongside the Cathedral organ. The anthem for the evening was composed for the choir and saxophone by Eva (Upper Sixth) and the whole service was outstanding. More School...
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St John Passion

On Saturday 11th May, the Cathedral Choir, with stellar soloists Kieran White OW (2008) (Evangelist) and Neal Davies (Christus), accompanied by baroque ensemble Réjouissance, gave an absolutely outstanding performance of J.S. Bach’s 1724 ‘St John Passion’ in its 300th anniversary year. Head and Deputy Head Choristers Petra and Estella (Year 9) brilliantly delivered the two soprano arias Ich folge dir and Zerfließe, mein Herze with masterful control and character. William Drakett and Alex Jenkins, both Vicars Choral and Wells staff...
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University of Southampton Maths Challenge

Each year over 1000 pupils enter the University of Southampton Mathematics Challenge in which pupils work on a series of problems in their own time, having to produce full written solutions to each problem without guidance from their teachers. The amount of time pupils need to spend on this is significant and should not be underestimated! This year the theme for the problems was Zodiac signs. We are pleased to share that in the Senior Challenge, Lucille (Year 10) was...
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Senior School Dance team’s competition success

On Sunday 12th May, our Senior School Dance team showcased their talent at a national Dance competition in Bath, hosted by the Aaron Dwyer Company. Performing five routines before a panel of esteemed dance professionals, they danced against numerous schools from across the South West.Following a day filled with competition, our team returned triumphant. They clinched three first place titles, a second, and a third, along with securing two workshop wins that earned them scholarship placements. Additionally, our duet performance...
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His Majesty King Charles III retains Patronage of Wells Cathedral School

We are delighted that His Majesty King Charles III will remain the Patron of Wells Cathedral School.The King made this announcement following a major review of more than 1,000 royal patronages and charity presidencies. Buckingham Palace undertook the review following the King’s accession in September 2022. Although he has had to relinquish hundreds of charities and organisations, Buckingham Palace said that King Charles III has retained patronages that highlight causes supporting communities, conservation and culture among others.Alastair Tighe, Head Master...
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CCF Navy cadets set sail

May marked the maiden voyage of our six-week course for the CCF Navy section, and what a glorious start it was! With eleven enthusiastic pupils on board, the tranquil waters of Cheddar Reservoir provided the perfect backdrop for learning and adventure. Our sailors honed their skills in rigging the boats and even enjoyed the thrill of recovering from being capsized. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for personal growth, but also to develop camaraderie among our pupils. Here’s to...
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West Panthers U13 selections

We are thrilled that seven of our pupils have been selected for the West Panthers U13 squads to play at the UK Festival of Hockey in July. The successful group trialled over four sessions of 80 girls and 80 boys in competition for the 32 available places per gender. Congratulations to Year 8 pupils Amelie-Rose, Olivia, Elspeth, Josef, William, Kieran and Thomas who will represent the West of England against other regions in Nottingham later this year.To learn more about...
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Woodwind and Brass trip to Berlin

Our Woodwind and Brass Quintets have just returned from a highly successful trip to Berlin where they collaborated with pupils from the Musikgynasium CPE Bach, one of our fellow specialist music schools belonging to the ‘Young Music Talents in Europe’ organisation. Our pupils performed music by Barber, Bach and Horovitz before joining forces with their hosts to form two large ensembles performing music by Gounod, Brahms and Stephen Foster. Following two days of rehearsals, the concert was a huge success...
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Two Moors Festival

We are delighted to share that three Wells pupils are winners of the 2024 Two Moors Festival: Year 5 pianist Soho, Year 10 violinist Alexander and Year 11 flautist Natalie. The Two Moors Festival is open to classically trained strings, brass or woodwind players, pianists and singers aged 18 or under, living or educated in South West England and working at a level of grade 7 or above. As winners, Soho, Alexander and Natalie will be invited to masterclasses in...
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Geography and Classics trip to Italy

Ferdy (Year 10) wrote the following account of the Geography and Classics trip to Italy:The Geography and Classics trip to Italy was something we were all looking forward to in the months leading up to our departure. Despite travelling through the late night and early morning, we were all ready for the first day in Pozzuoli, in which we got to see the Temple of Serapis and sample some of the area’s food. As we had hoped, authentic Italian pizza...
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Royal Navy cadets visit HMS Raleigh

In March, 19 Royal Navy cadets visited HMS Raleigh in Torpoint to take part in the Damage Repair Instruction Unit (DRIU) and Fire-Fighting demonstration. The cadets learnt the techniques used by the Royal Navy to fix any damage to a ship following a missile attack to prevent the ship from sinking. They had to work fast in dark, smoky and very wet conditions! Following this, they were instructed how to put out a number of different types of fire that...
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Tilly selected to represent Hockey Wales

We are thrilled to share that Tilly (Year 11) has successfully trialled to represent Wales in their U18 Hockey team. Furthermore, she was selected as one of the 20 players competing in a series against Canada which her team won 2-1. U18 selection is a fantastic achievement considering she is only sixteen years old and Mr Mayes, Head of Hockey, is really looking forward to seeing her progress in international Hockey!To learn more about Sport at Wells, click here.

Symphony Orchestra concert

The pairing of Mozart’s Requiem with highlights from Tchaikovsky’s ballet scores allowed Wells to demonstrate what makes it so special: Music on a grand scale, performed by large and excellent forces. In the first half the Symphony Orchestra, in full glorious force, performed some of the most famous tunes ever composed, expertly compèred by members of the orchestra. The wind solos weaved through the textures beautifully, the sugar plum fairy danced expressively and the string section sounded warm, round and...
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Wells named home to one of the 10 most picturesque cricket grounds in Britain

Wells Cathedral School has been named home to one of the 10 most picturesque cricket grounds in Britain.The list, compiled by Chief Cricket Writer Scyld Berry, was published in The Telegraph on Tuesday 26th March.The School’s Estates team take great pride in ensuring the Wells ground is maintained at a high standard and even visited Lord’s Cricket Ground, also known as the Home of Cricket, to learn about groundskeeping techniques from the Head Groundsman.Tom Webley, the School’s Director of Sport...
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Choristers work with OW Hollywood composer

On Wednesday 27th March, the Choristers recorded the soundtrack for a new video game with music composed by OW David Buckley (1994). As the rest of the School breaks for Easter, the Choristers remain, singing the Holy Week and Easter services in the Cathedral. We thank them for their hard work and dedication!To view more pictures, click here.To learn more about Choristership at Wells, click here.

An evening of TED-Talks

At March’s TED-Talk event, our Lower Sixth speakers delved into a wide array of thought-provoking topics, offering unique insights and perspectives.Magdalena discussed “The Variety of Friendship,” exploring the multifaceted nature of human connections and the importance of diverse relationships in our lives. Sam intrigued audiences with “Is Time Dilation the Key to Time Travel?” diving into the complex realm of physics and the possibility of time travel through the lens of time dilation. Oli & Charlie shared their experiences and...
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All the world’s a stage

A huge congratulations and massive well done to all the Years 7-9 cast of As You Like It and Romeo & Juliet for an outstanding week of performances. Audiences were blown away by the level of creativity, choreography, set, costumes and quality of their performances and storytelling, and many comments have been shared highlighting the level of professionalism, clarity, focus and talent. An array of different skills were displayed and performed to such a high standard: acting, dancing, singing, stage...
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Rambert acceptance for Alfie

After 16 months of intensive dance training, Alfie (Upper Sixth, photographed by Maple & Fleur Dance Photography) has received a place at the globally renowned Rambert School to train professionally in Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Alfie also received offers from esteemed institutions including the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban and The Place, all considered among the UK’s top-rated Dance schools. Alfie’s Dance journey began at Wells, where he started his Dance education under the guidance of Miss Cannon,...
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Pre-Prep’s bee-autiful production

The Pre-Prep has been (literally!) buzzing as their latest production, The Bee Musical, flew onto the stage. Ritchie Hall has been a hive of activity while the children sang, danced and spread their wings, much to the delight of Prep School and parental audiences. There was certainly no bumbling as the children dazzled with their musical storytelling, and by the end no one doubted just how important it is to be a bee.To learn more about our Pre-Prep, click here.

Musicians celebrate outstanding Music and Arts Festival results

Musicians across the Prep and Senior School are celebrating an extraordinary set of results from a number of Music and Arts Festivals.As ever, Wells had a high level of representation at the Mid-Somerset Festival, which was met with success in a multitude of classes.Particular congratulations must go to Teagan (Lower Sixth) on receipt of the Thelma King Instrumental Award and Harry (Lower Sixth) for the Premier Award Concerto Class for all instruments.On top of Harry’s major award, he was also...
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CCF Royal Navy Try-Dive

On Wednesday 13th March, 23 Navy cadets took part in a Try-Dive session in the School swimming pool. Two instructors from the Dive and Adventure Training team visited to deliver the dive sessions. The Try-Dive involved learning how to use the self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) and manage their buoyancy under the water. It was fantastic to see all the cadets learning new skills and having fun playing some underwater games. Thank you to the lifeguards – Olly (Lower Sixth),...
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Alice Farnham conducting masterclass

Pupil conductors had the wonderful experience of working with Alice Farnham, professional conductor and the Artistic Director of Women Conductors, on Monday 26th February. Six pupils, along with a number of observers, worked with her as a group in the morning, and then one-to-one in the afternoon, on repertoire they have been preparing from Tchaikovsky ballet suites. Alice also worked with all the specialist musicians in an afternoon seminar, where she inspired our pupils, discussed the life and profession of...
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World Book Day

The Prep School were so excited for this year’s World Book Day that some pupils began preparing early! Year 4 used their creativity skills and motivation to complete an exciting homework challenge; they were given an ordinary wooden spoon and had to turn it into an ‘extraordinary’ book character. On the big day, children from the Nursery to Year 6 dressed up as a vast array of characters, and the staff got involved too! The day began with older pupils...
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Event on the Lawn

Head of School Dimity (Upper Sixth) wrote the following account, accompanied by photos taken by School Governor Andrew Gummer, of this year’s spectacular Event on the Lawn:It’s official – Event on the Lawn 2024 was a huge success! From the Prep School to the Sixth Form, thirty of Wells’ best singers and bands lit up the stage on Saturday night in front of hundreds of our mini-festival’s guests, all to raise funds for Wells’ partner schools in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Overall, between two stages and a silent disco...
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Mayor’s Concert

On Thursday 7th March, the School hosted the third annual ‘Mayor’s Concert’ aptly named ‘Rocking in Wells’. Rock and pop musicians from Wells Cathedral School, The Blue School and Strode College took part in a collaborative concert in aid of Mayor Tanys Pullin’s chosen charity Heads Up. The concert was a wonderful opportunity for our pop musicians to hear other young performers from around the area and everyone was wonderfully supportive of each other. It was lovely to see such...
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Sixth Form trip to Westminster

On Monday 26th February, a select group of Lower and Upper Sixth Form pupils travelled to London to visit the Palace of Westminster and then the Supreme Court building.They were able to follow the route of the Sovereign during the State opening of Parliament and visit the floors of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords (and it is quite rare to be able to do both!). The pupils then took part in a workshop that followed...
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Théo releases single

Théo (Upper Sixth) has recently released his single, ‘Don’t do it for us’.Asked about the process behind his newest work, Théo explained, “Don’t do it for us is my third released song and I wrote it on the piano over a year ago. I have been producing it on Logic Pro X for a while whilst working on other projects and the song kept developing the better I got at producing, mixing and mastering. I have been composing and producing...
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Jazz & Strings tour to New York City

The Jazz and String Departments took part in an action-packed and inspirational tour to New York City which included masterclasses, workshops and concerts across Manhattan and Queens in February this year. Smalls Jazz Club was one of the group’s first stops. Smalls is one of the few remaining authentic clubs left in Greenwich Village that runs an open jam session. It is on every jazz musician’s list of ‘must visit’ venues when visiting NYC. Pupils nervously put themselves forward to...
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String Festival at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

At the end of an amazingly full and musically fulfilling Epiphany Term, a Wells String Quartet travelled to Glasgow to take part in the String Festival at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). Our musicians stepped straight off the bus and into an open rehearsal of the string orchestra version of Shostakovich’s iconic ‘8th String Quartet’. Our musicians stood next to string players from the Senior Conservatoire and the overall sound was terrific in the Stevenson Hall. The following days...
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Jess Gillam visit

Before half Term, pupils were treated to a two day residency with superstar saxophonist and BBC presenter Jess Gillam. Jess worked with pupils in an open workshop for all musicians and a masterclass for saxophonists. Jess was joined by her pianist Zeynep Özsuca and bassist Sam Becker who also gave masterclasses for our pupils. The three musicians also took part in a Q&A session where they shared some insightful thoughts about the music profession. The residency culminated in a gala...
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Delight at university and conservatoire offers

Pupils in the Upper Sixth have been thrilled to receive and confirm offers from universities and music colleges across the UK this winter. Given how increasingly competitive it is, we are delighted that once again a number of Wells pupils have been successful in their applications to Oxford and Cambridge and have received offers to study History, Music and Physics. In addition, pupils have so far received over 120 offers from other Russell Group and other top UK universities –...
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Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday 6th February, the Senior School marked Safer Internet Day during their tutor period through the theme of “Inspiring Change”. Mr Moore, Head of Computing, explained, “We have decided to look at the use of social media and how the use of social media can be addictive. We evaluated how this affects the teen brain and how the brain is stimulated by dopamine. We considered the advantages and the disadvantages of social media – it is not going to...
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Promenade Concerts

The annual Promenade Concerts are always highlights in the School’s musical calendar, and this year was no exception!Throughout the Brass and Percussion Promenade Concert, pupils performed solo and chamber music spanning eight centuries from all of the far-flung spaces of the beautifully lit Cathedral, including on natural trumpets and sackbuts! We were delighted to be joined by members of the String Department and guest artists John Kenny and Letty Stott, our own Head of Performance, who played ancient Roman brass...
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Bach Day

On Tuesday 6th February, we featured J.S. Bach in a day-long celebration of his music installed in the wonderful Gothic spaces of Wells Cathedral. Bach’s work is of fundamental technical and musical importance for all instrumentalists and singers at every stage of their development, and Wells pupils rose to the occasion magnificently.From 9.30am onwards, the Cathedral reverberated from the Nave to the Chapter House with over twelve hours of Bach performances that included a superb organ recital from Old Wellensian...
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Children’s Mental Health Week

Both the Prep and Senior School acknowledged Children’s Mental Health Week through tutor time activities and mindfulness workshops. On Wellbeing Wednesday, pupils in the Senior School had a choice of five activities, devised by the Upper Sixth Welfare and Wellbeing Captains, to complete in their tutor groups. Underpinned by research that proves they can help support positive mental health, the activities included creating a drawing that represents positive mental health and wellbeing or doing some mindful colouring, going on a...
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Girls’ Hockey 1st XI reach national final

Huge congratulations to the Girls’ Hockey 1st XI who travelled to Great Marlow School on Tuesday 6th February where they won the Semi-Final of the Tier 2 Plate of the England Hockey Cup. Mr Mayes, Head of Hockey, comments, “I’m delighted to see the girls progress to play at the Lee Valley Olympic Park in March. The time and dedication that they all have shown with their Hockey both inside and outside of School has allowed them to progress to...
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Meg releases new album: Heart Grows Fonder

Meg (Upper Sixth) is celebrating the release of her new album, Heart Grows Fonder. Meg made an appearance on GWS Radio (Glastonbury, Wells and Street) to discuss being involved with Glastonbury Calling, a music event taking place across five different venues on Saturday 2nd March, and the new album which is now available to stream and purchase. Speaking about the album process, Meg explained, “I began writing and recording Heart Grows Fonder in 2022 and have been working on it...
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Netball selections range from county to national level

Seven Netball players across the Senior School are developing their Netball in the England performance pathway, with two representing Northern Ireland and Wales in an upcoming tournament.Sylvie and Ada (Year 11) have achieved national selection with Sylvie joining the Northern Ireland and Ada joining the Wales U17 squad, with both girls training and playing regularly in preparation for Netball Europe, an exciting tournament which will see them play against a number of other European teams over the course of four...
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Defne wins Salvi Harp Competition

Defne (Upper Sixth) competed in the Salvi Harp Competition in Manchester on Saturday 20th January. The competition was open to players up to the age of 30, and we are pleased to share that Defne won! As part of her prize, she will be performing a recital at the Salvi Studio in London. Alex Laing, Director of Music, commented on Defne’s success; “A fabulous achievement. This competition is open to young harpists up to the age of 30 – to...
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Life of Pi

On Wednesday 17th January Year 8 pupils travelled to Bristol Hippodrome to watch the stage production of Life of Pi adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti and based on Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel. Pupils were mesmerised by the exquisitely designed large-scale puppets, especially Richard Parker the breathtaking Bengal tiger, as well as the many vividly drawn characters and dazzling visual effects. One pupil commented; “I just wanted to say thank you very much for organising and giving us the opportunity...
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OW Michael Eavis awarded knighthood

Glastonbury Festival creator Michael Eavis (1954), pictured in the Eavis Auditorium at the opening of Cedars Hall, has been awarded a knighthood for services to music and charity in the New Year’s honours list. You can read an interview with Sir Michael on the Glastonbury Festival website.

Treasure Island triumph!

Congratulations to the entire Treasure Island production team on four sold-out performances to a rapturous public, including a matinée for visiting primary and prep schools. This was a special production that truly celebrated the power of the ensemble using acting, singing, dancing, physical theatre, puppetry and stage combat to tell Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale. All of this was supported by a large and hugely enthusiastic pupil stage crew, and it was also wonderful to witness a pupil compose an...
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Ski trip to Les Menuires

Over the Christmas holidays, 42 pupils enjoyed a wonderful week of skiing in Les Menuires, France. Pupils were treated to glorious snow conditions and had ski lessons throughout the day with fun activities in the evening including a toboggan roller coaster, sports activities and karaoke. Everyone made lots of progress and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all pupils and staff.

Wells musicians take to the national ensemble stage

Nine Wells Cathedral School musicians took part in the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) ‘Ascent’ Project in the early days of 2024. NYO is the country’s foremost youth orchestra and pulls together the best musicians from all over the nation. The orchestra took on an exciting programme including a world premiere of Ascent by Dani Howard, Smetana’s Vltava and the Strauss’s monumental Alpine Symphony. The concert was performed at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, Warwick Arts Centre and Barbican Centre, London....
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Christmas Cards for Care Homes

During the Advent Term, pupils from all around the School have been making and writing Christmas cards which we have had delivered this week to residents of local care homes, as well as the Lawrence Centre and Heads Up in Wells. While some of the cards have been sent by individuals, Tutor groups or Houses, others have come from Christmas Card Competitions held in various parts of the School including the Pre-Prep, Prep School Geography and Senior School Modern Languages...
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A Christmas Carolathon!

The pupil-led Wells Cathedral School Community Music Group – coordinated by Mr Chris Finch and Ms Laetitia Stott – was founded in September, and has gone from strength to strength. Pianists, guitarists and singers have performed across care homes each week, gaining valuable skills while entertaining residents.Their busy Term of community music-making came to a climax on Tuesday 12 December, when they spent the day singing carols in ten locations across Wells. These included not only care homes but also...
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Whole School Christmas Carol Service

Our Christmas Carol Service officially ended the Advent Term, with the Whole School (Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior) joining together in Wells Cathedral. We heard the story of Christmas read beautifully by pupils and staff, and enjoyed some superb choral singing from the Choristers, Choralia, Chamber Choir and Prep School. Belinda Gifford-Guy (Year 8), recent winner of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year Award, gave a beautiful solo performance of the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City‘, while...
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Tag Rugby Festival

History has been made once again as the Prep School hosted their first ever Tag Rugby Festival! The U10 and U11 Wells girls welcomed St Joseph and St Teresa Catholic Primary School for an afternoon of mixed Tag Rugby. There was some brilliant teamwork, and for a lot of children it was the first time they had ever played Tag Rugby. A highlight for Prep School Head of Girls’ Games Mrs Bain was hearing the children shouting “we love Tag...
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St Nicholas Day

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 celebrated St Nicholas Day through reverse giving. St Nicholas is known for his generosity and his secret gift-giving, and tradition in many European countries says that he visits children on the night of the 5th/6th to give them sweets if they have been good. Instead of stockings, children leave their shoes outside their bedroom door, hoping to wake up to a treat in the morning! This year pupils were encouraged to make donations to...
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Music Department receives donation of conducting scores

The Music Department is delighted to have received a significant collection of conducting scores from Dr Colin Hammond. Dr Hammond visited the School on Wednesday 29th November to hear our Symphony Orchestra in action, rehearsing the epic first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. He is a retired conductor and musicologist who is clear that he wishes future generations of musicians to be as inspired by classical music as he has been during his long life. His doctorate was on the...
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The Wells Canvas

In 2008 Somerset artist Bronwen Bradshaw was awarded a grant of money by Somerset Art Works to make a communal drawing of the West Front of Wells Cathedral. The project was named Unfreeze the Music, after a quotation by Schiller: ‘Architecture is Frozen Music’.A photo of the West Front of the Cathedral was divided into 74 individual black and white photos. These were measured and scaled up, and corresponding pieces of canvas pieces were cut out and coloured with earth...
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Belinda wins BBC Junior Young Chorister of the Year 2023

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Year 8 pupil Belinda Gifford-Guy has won the 2023 BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition (Junior category).The final of this enormously prestigious competition – run by Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2 – was held in Manchester and broadcast on BBC TV on Sunday 3 December. While praising all three finalists for their wonderful singing, judges Ken Burton, Wynne Evans and Laura Wright lauded Belinda for her particular ability to tell...
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Musical Extravaganza

The first Musical Extravaganza of the year was a triumph. A full Cedars Hall heard a huge range of music showcasing pupils across the whole Senior School (and even a few Prep School players); from full orchestra (Sinfonietta) performing Mendelssohn and Albeniz to our massed Percussion Ensemble entertaining with a medley of dance tunes from the 80s and 90s! The Years 7-9 Choir sang and signed movingly in Chilcott’s Can You Hear Me? and there were notable solos from Charlie...
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Chris Jagger workshop

On Saturday 18th November, local rock legend Chris Jagger treated pupils to a workshop on songwriting and ballad singing before his evening concert in Cedars Hall. Chris is of course well known as brother to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Chris regaled us with advice and anecdotes of the many famous faces he has worked with over the years. He even joined one of our young songwriters, Teagan Craggs (Lower Sixth), and played harmonica along with one of her songs!

Sixth Form History trip

Eleven Sixth Form Historians visited Northumberland and Durham over the half Term break to study sites linked to their A level course on the Early Anglo-Saxons. Wells is the only School in the country to study this period at A level and as such the group had a particularly warm welcome from the curators of the museums they visited. Highlights included Bamburgh Castle, the capital of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, visits to the 7th century crypt at Hexham and...
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Primary Schools Maths Festival

This year the Maths Department were celebrating their 21st Primary Maths Festival and hosted nine teams of four Year 5 and 6 pupils from local primary schools in a day of fun mathematical activities. The day began with a poster competition based on the theme of ‘Interesting Numbers’ and the teachers were really impressed by the variety of ideas the pupils displayed. Teams then took part in a fast-paced mathematical relay race before a well-earned lunch break. In the afternoon...
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Anti-Bullying Week

Pupils and staff across the School have marked Anti-Bullying Week. On Monday 13th November, the School community wore odd socks to celebrate uniqueness, and we welcomed motivational speaker Ben Smith. Speaking in the Sixth Form Enrichment session, Ben covered topics including bullying, growing up, LGBTQ+, suicide, challenges, overcoming adversity and mental health. He also spoke to children in Years 5 and 6 about running 401 marathons to raise awareness of bullying and unkind behaviour, and the importance of speaking up...
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Wells remembers

Across the School, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday were marked on 10th-13th November. Pupils in the Prep School attended a Remembrance Service in Cedars Hall last Friday, with Mimi Ashton (Year 7) performing The Last Post ahead of Charlie Ballamy (Lower Sixth) sounding it on Cedars Lawn at 11am on the 11th to remember the fallen of the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, followed by a two minute silence. The School held a Remembrance Service in the Cathedral at...
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County Hockey selections

We were thrilled to hear that a number of pupils have been selected into the County Hockey circuit. In Year 8, congratulations are owed to Georgia Atkins, Olivia Bradbury, Elspeth Perkins, Claire Gao, William Sharp, Josef Zurakowski, Ariane Lynn-Jones and Amelie-Rose Wakeford. In Year 9, congratulations must go to Lulu Matthews, Caitlin Field, Willow Williams, Maisie Warner, Carson Grevatt-Simpkin, Samuel Colegate, Joshua Fairey and Sebastian Scollo. Lastly, in Year 10, our congratulations to Archie Blee. Mr Mayes, Head of Hockey,...
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Sierra Leone trip

During the autumn half Term, 15 pupils were accompanied by four members of staff on the School’s annual trip to Sierra Leone. Each day, everyone split into two groups with one half working with the JT Reffel French Memorial School to teach French, Spanish and drama games, and the musical half working with the Ballanta Academy of Music and Performing Arts to teach different instruments and collaborate with musicians and bands. The cohort received an invitation to perform at a memorial...
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Everest Base Camp

Fourteen pupils enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they climbed to the Everest Base Camp during the autumn half term.The ascent, beginning in Lukla, took 10 days with stops in a number of beautiful mountainside villages. The group spent an acclimatisation day in Namche Bazaar, the prosperous Sherpa town, exploring the village and admiring the remarkable views of the Khumbu region on a high altitude walk, before continuing on upwards. They visited Thyangboche Monastery, a Sherpa museum and got involved in...
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Bath Half

The School had a number of representatives at the Bath Half marathon running competitively, for charitable causes and to challenge themselves. Deputy Head (Academic) Mrs Perry finished with a time of 2 hours 5 minutes, while Edson Macedo Bird (Upper Sixth) came 32nd place in the Men’s Under 20 category with a time of 1 hour 27 minutes. School Governor Andrew Gummer took on the challenge, Michelle Hancock, Director of Development & Head of Foundation, ran her first Bath Half and English...
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Choristers finish Michaelmas Term on a high note

It has been a busy end to the Michaelmas Term for our Choristers. From 6th to 8th October, Wells was the venue for the Cathedral Music Trust‘s National Gathering, with members coming from all over the country to celebrate everything about Cathedral music. The weekend opened with a fundraising concert for the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust, in which Iestyn Davies MBE – renowned British countertenor, an Old Wellensian and a Patron of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust – accompanied by Joseph Middleton on piano, performed Schubert’s song cycle Die...
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Picture This

The Symphony Orchestra presented four concerts titled Picture This in October. Matinee performances of Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, narrated brilliantly by Woody Collins (Year 11) and featuring instrumentalists dressed as ducks, cats, wolves and grumpy grandfathers, delighted the children from local primary schools and our Prep School. In the evenings, the Symphony Orchestra were joined by the award-winning Chamber Choir, who impressed in Three Shakespeare Songs by Vaughan Williams in the first half of the concert before the...
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County Cricket selections

A number of pupils are celebrating selection into the Somerset and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club pathways. Congratulations to Emmott (Year 4, Somerset U10s), Ben Scott (Year 7, Somerset U12s), William Sharp (Year 8, Somerset U13s), Finley Sherred-Isles (Year 9, Gloucestershire U14s and the Emerging Player Pathway) Rory Stephen (Year 10, Somerset U15s), Tiger Sherred-Isles (Lower Sixth, Gloucestershire U18s) and Alex Scott (Upper Sixth, Gloucestershire U18s). It was also absolutely lovely to hear that three of our Year 6 Prep School girls;...
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New Sports Hall floor

We are pleased to share that the refurbishment of the Sports Hall floor has been completed. The Boen sports floor was renovated by sanding to bare wood, through three grades of abrasives, to give it a fresh start. Three new layers of Bona SuperSport HD lacquer and new games markings were then installed for a new lease of life. Tom Webley, Director of Sport, commented; “We’re delighted to have had a new Sports Hall floor installed. The new floor will...
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Wells Cathedral School receives prestigious Wellbeing Award

We are delighted to announce that we have received Optimus Education’s prestigious Wellbeing Award.Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), the award is granted to schools who are able to demonstrate that they have made significant changes to their long-term wellbeing culture for pupils, parents and staff.The School’s application for the award was led by Damian Todres, Head of the Creative Arts Faculty and Mental Health Lead, and Martin Ashton, Deputy Head (Pastoral). They presented a huge amount...
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CCF Biennial Inspection

On Wednesday 4th October the Combined Cadet Force underwent their Biennial Inspection through the watchful eyes of the Reviewing Officer (RO) Commodore Rachel Singleton, herself an Old Wellensian. The Inspection started with a fanfare from the Brass Section, a spine-tingling rendition from the Royal Marines Band Drumline and a precision drill display from The Rifles. The Reviewing Officer then met representatives from the Royal Navy to talk about their sailing, band and wings courses along with Rifles Cadets reminiscing on...
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Bigny Cup

A huge congratulations to the many, many pupils throughout the whole of the Senior School who took part both onstage and behind the scenes of the Bigny Cup, our House Drama Competition, on Thursday 28th September. The Houses had been working hard for three weeks to prepare and rehearse their reimaginings of Shakespeare tales. It was a hugely enjoyable evening that not only showcased the performing talents of so many, but just as importantly, this pupil-led event was a wonderful...
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Chorister Camp-out

On the evening of Friday 29th September, the Choristers gathered for the Chorister Camp-out in the Cathedral, an event that is proving to be something of a tradition! As the School community closed its doors for the Exeat weekend, the Choristers pitched tents across the Cathedral transepts. A mild evening meant games in the Camery Garden, a session of ‘sing for your supper’ with the Choral Scholars, dinner at Fosso, then into pyjamas for a movie before crawling into tents at midnight. After a...
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Heads of School Conference

A record high number of 63 delegates from schools far and wide, indeed as far as The Isle of Wight, joined our annual Heads of School Conference this year. The purpose of this event is to equip recently appointed pupil leaders to lead with effectiveness and integrity through the platform belief that leadership not only can be taught, learned and received but should be. This year the group was given advice, guidance and training in a host of relevant leadership...
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Drama trip to Plymouth

On Wednesday 13th September, A level and GCSE Drama pupils travelled to Plymouth’s Theatre Royal to see Frantic Assembly’s stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. The novella, written in 1915, has been adapted for stage several times, most famously by Stephen Berkoff; this time it was with the aid of BAFTA nominated and international prize-winning writer, Lemn Sissay OBE.From the opening bars of distorted music pupils were mesmerised as Gregor Sampsa transforms from a young successful salesman into an unemployed...
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Biodiversity research expedition to Madagascar

A remarkable biodiversity research expedition to Madagascar was undertaken by twelve pupils from Year 11 and the Sixth Form over the summer holidays, accompanied by Dr Mitchell and Mr Barnard, in collaboration with Operation Wallacea.The two-week expedition was a unique opportunity to study and contribute to conservation efforts on this extraordinary island. The expedition’s itinerary included a week dedicated to conducting biodiversity surveys in the dry Northern forests, focusing on lemurs, birds, butterflies, spiders, reptiles and amphibians. The second week...
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Belinda is a BBC Young Chorister of the Year Semi-Finalist

Congratulations to Belinda Gifford-Guy (Year 8) who has reached the Junior Semi-Finals of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition! Belinda will be competing in October against four other children aged between 10 and 13 for a place in the Final, with the BBC airing the competition on television later in the year. Christopher Finch, Co-ordinator of Vocal and Choral Studies, commented; “Belinda is such an engaging young singer, who truly loves to share her deep passion for music with audiences. She is working really...
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Wells Cathedral School partners with Bath Rugby

We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Premiership Rugby Union side Bath Rugby as part of their Schools Partnership Programme.Lasting for the 2023/24 rugby season, the partnership opens up huge potential opportunities for the School, its pupils and wider community. The School’s rugby teams will benefit hugely, receiving top flight coaching from the Bath Rugby coaching team, to complement the work of the School’s expert coaches. Beyond this, pupils will receive additional opportunities such as a Q&A with...
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Experiencing Chorister life: Wells Cathedral welcomes aspiring Choristers for ‘an afternoon in the life’

On Saturday 16 September, Wells Cathedral hosted a fabulous, free, ‘behind the scenes’ afternoon, during which children were able to experience the life of a Cathedral Chorister.Thirty girls and boys aged between six and nine came from schools across Somerset and beyond for the annual Be a Chorister for a Day event where they met the Cathedral Choristers and participated in engaging and fun singing workshops.The afternoon culminated in singing Choral Evensong in the Quire of the Cathedral with the world-renowned...
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Musicians enjoy busy summer

Musicians achieving great things does not stop when our buildings close for the summer. Our talented pupils keep playing, performing and experiencing!As ever we can celebrate many members of National Ensembles and Choirs; particular congratulations must go to Defne Anar (Upper Sixth) on her appointment as principal harp in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and to Luke Doyle (Upper Sixth) who has been the leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, a position usually won by someone...
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Laetitia Stott joins Wells Cathedral School

We are delighted to announce Laetitia Stott as the new Head of Music Performance.Head of Performance is a brand new role that will expand the School’s already packed calendar of 200+ concerts a year, creating even more opportunities for the exceptionally talented young people from around the world who come to study at the School. Laetitia Stott will commence her new role in September 2023.Laetitia Stott is one of the UK’s most innovative and versatile French horn players, working with...
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Little Wellies raise £2994.50 for Children’s Hospice South West

On behalf of our Little Wellies Nursery, Nursery Manager Valerie Hancock and Deputy Nursery Manager Lauren Millington visited Charlton Farm on Thursday 24th August after raising over £2990 for the Children’s Hospice South West.Opened in April 2007, Charlton Farm is the Children’s Hospice South West’s Somerset-based hospice, providing hospice care for families with children living with life-limiting conditions.The Little Wellies and Pre-Prep team walked 10k in memory of former pupil Ottilie who tragically died from a childhood cancer last year,...
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Excellent GCSE results for Wells pupils

Wells pupils have been celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results.More than 50% of all awards were grades 7 to 9 (equivalent to A or A* grade), and as with our recent A Level results, there were tremendous performances across a wide range of subjects, from Latin to Photography to Mathematics.Results across the sciences were particularly impressive, with 100% of all pupils in Biology, Chemistry and Physics receiving a grade 6 and above, and two thirds receiving the highest possible...
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Wells pupils celebrate marvellous A Level results

Once again, Wells pupils have been celebrating some outstanding A Level results.Across England, A Level results have returned to pre-pandemic levels. However despite the significant disruptions caused by Covid, the Wells class of 2023 have outperformed the 2019 cohort, continuing the School’s upward trajectory for academic results.Pupils enjoyed success across a range of subjects, from sciences to languages to humanities to the creative arts. Among many highlights were 91% of RPE (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics) pupils gaining an A or...
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Wells is shortlisted for two ISOTY awards

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Independent Schools of the Year (ISOTY) Awards for Independent Prep School of the Year and Co-educational Independent School of the Year!Now in their sixth year, the Independent Schools of the Year Awards are hosted by the Independent School Parent magazine.The finalists of each category will be announced on 6th September before an awards ceremony in October.We are proud to see our name on the shortlist, and will keep our fingers tightly...
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Zino receives Certificate of Merit in UK Junior Maths Challenge

Many congratulations to Zino Zigan (Year 7) who, following his recent Gold award in the UK Junior Maths Challenge, has achieved a Certificate of Merit for his performance in the follow-on round. To be awarded a Certificate of Merit, Zino was placed in the top 25% of pupils who sat this paper! The result places Zino in the top 1.5% of children in the country who took the Junior Maths Challenge (only 4% of participants qualify for the Kangaroo, and...
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All Aboard for Treasure Island!

Following a rigorous audition process this Term, we are very excited to release the details of our next Drama production: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (adapted by Bryony Lavery). “It’s a dark and stormy night. Jim, the innkeeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her thrilling pirate adventure begins.”Following the recent productions of A Christmas Carol, Chicago and Annie,...
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Sierra Leone Project post-Glastonbury fundraiser

On Monday 26th June, after very few hours of sleep and with their ears full of Music, Dimity Williams, Ella Sturdy and Emily Morris (Lower Sixth) led the way to a fantastic fundraiser for the School’s charitable Sierra Leone Project. The girls, aptly aided by Archie (Lower Sixth) and George Mycock (Year 9), sold bacon rolls and drinks to the traffic coming from the Glastonbury Festival. A big thank you also to the rest of the Mycock family who helped...
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Prep School Sports Day

Wednesday 28th June saw a well-attended Prep School Sports Day. In the morning parents were treated to the spectacle of our young athletes jumping and throwing in a super circuit of field events, including favourites such as the hammer and vortex throw. The afternoon was cool enough for willing volunteers to run the 1500m and saw a plethora of action on the track from hurdles to 100m and spectacular relay races to finish a perfect day of sport. Everyone went...
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Music masterclasses

On Thursday 15th June we were very fortunate to welcome recorder player and improviser Robert de Bree for a day of masterclasses and workshops. Robert worked individually with all of our recorder players and also gave a class for all wind players. Robert performs internationally and teaches improvisation at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. Mr Leaker, Co-ordinator of Woodwind Studies, commented; “Robert is an early music expert but also offers a unique insight into creative music making that is...
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Senior School Sports Day

On Thursday 22nd June, we held our eagerly anticipated Senior School Sports Day! The pupils approached the day with great excitement and looked very smart in their representative House colours. This positive energy was clear to see from the start of the day with a group warm-up led by Head of School, Alix Barruol (Upper Sixth) who did a fantastic job of preparing pupils for the events ahead on a wonderfully sunny day.On the track the day started with some...
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Head of RPE elected on ISRSA Council

Mr Poxon, Head of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, has been nominated onto the National Council of the Independent Schools Religious Studies Association (ISRSA).The ISRSA champions Religious Studies, Theology and Philosophy by supporting and representing teachers, hosting conferences and conducting subject research.The Association is governed by a Council of twelve elected members and three co-opted members and meets at least three times per year. Having been elected, Mr Poxon will serve a three-year term, after which he can be re-elected if...
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Cricket Week

In glorious sunshine, the School once again hosted the ever popular annual Cricket Week. Kickstarting the week with a game against the MCC, the Boys’ First XI got off to a strong start, beating the MCC’s 249-6 by scoring 250 with three wickets in hand. Samuel Trotman (Lower Sixth) collected a five-for with Alex Scott and Dougie Sharp (Lower Sixth) batting impressively, scoring 60 and 52, respectively. You can watch video footage of the game here and here.On Tuesday, the...
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New film unveiled: Performance Sport at Wells

Wells Cathedral School is excited to unveil a brand new film, Performance Sport at Wells.The film takes viewers on a journey of the performance sports offered throughout the year at Wells, highlighting the opportunities that are available for boys and girls for each of the three sporting seasons.Featuring current Sport Scholars and Heads of Sport, it is an opportunity to gain insight into the extensive sporting calendar at Wells, as well as the outstanding facilities, provisions and teaching that the School is...
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Years 7-9 2024 productions announced

On 14th-16th March 2024 the Drama and Music Departments will be staging two of Shakespeare’s timely tales retold with youthful passion for a modern audience: As You Like It and Romeo & Juliet; a double bill of love viewed through the lens of comedy and tragedy. Auditions will take place September 19th-22nd and the production is open to all pupils in Years 7-9.

Winners!

We are thrilled to announce that in this year’s Muddy Stilettos School Awards we are winners in the category of “Most Inventive Sports Programme (Senior School).”This award recognises both our innovative 3-tier Scholarship programme and also the supportive and positive atmosphere that surrounds sport here at Wells. To find out more about our Senior School to Sport and to watch our brand new film, visit https://wells.cathedral.school/senior-school-sport/We were also finalists in the “Special Sixth Form” category, in recognition of our exceptional...
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Celebrating a doubly “Excellent” ISI Inspection

We are delighted to announce the publication of the latest report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.The School has been awarded the highest possible grade of “Excellent” for both pupil achievement and pupil personal development, and has also passed the accompanying compliance inspection.Head Master Alastair Tighe comments:“I am thrilled to share this report. While these headline judgments of “Excellent” are wonderfully positive, for me the true value of this outstanding report is found within the detailed examples and evidence the inspectors...
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Music trip to Helsinki

On the weekend of 5th-9th May, six of our Lower Sixth specialist musicians, Christy Hui, Dawid Kasprzak, Jeremy Tan, Luke Doyle, Rania Dereka and Wilamena Dyer, travelled to Helsinki. Flying from Heathrow on Friday morning, the group performed a concert as a duo and quartet at the Itä-Helsingin Musiikkiopisto (East Helsinki Music Institute, IHMO) that evening! The following day, they visited the Sibelius Monument, which Jeremy described as his favourite part of the trip, before performing in a collaborative concert at the...
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