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Sevington History Trip

Year 6 pupils enjoyed stepping back in time this week when they visited Sevington Victorian School in Grittleton. Pupils took on the role of Victorian working class children and experienced life in a village school. Authentic activities took place in the school room where the boys were taught the ‘Three Rs’, Science and Maths, while the girls were only allowed to take part in the handwriting and drawing sessions. Outside the school room, the boys made beeswax candles and learnt...
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Badminton County Champions 

Congratulations to the Wells KS4 Boys’ Badminton team, who won the County round of the Badminton England National Schools Championships on Friday and were crowned Somerset champions. The tournament was held at Court Fields School in Wellington and Wells played teams from Haygrove School, Ansford Academy and The Castle School in Taunton. The team, comprising Year 10 pupil Jason Kong, Year 11 pupils Kevin Luk and Joshua Ng, and Year 12 pupil Hani Chui, played well and supported each other brilliantly. They...
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Sophie Qualifies for the Nationals

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Sophie Nicholls, who won the Junior Girls’ race at the South West Cross Country Championships on Saturday, following on from her victory at the County Championships last month. Sophie has now qualified to run in the National Championships to be held in Liverpool in March.Wells Director of Sport, Tom Webley, said, “This is a remarkable achievement for Sophie  – competing against the best runners in South West England and juggling chorister commitments as well!”

Quiz Club National Science Finals

Congratulations to members of the Junior School Science team who have qualified for the National Finals of the Quiz Club’s Inter-School Championships, a Science championship for pupils in Years 5 and 6. With more than 400,000 Key Stage 2 children taking part each year, the Quiz Club National Championships are the largest Inter-School competitions in the country.The Wells team qualified after scoring highly in the South West heat held at Millfield Prep School in November. Area heats run nationwide during the...
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Mendip Area Primary Schools Quicksticks Hockey Festival 

On Friday morning, Wells welcomed 220 local primary school pupils from nine Mendip schools to take part in a mixed Quicksticks Hockey festival and competition. Older pupils from Years 5 and 6 took part in the Somerset Activity Sports Partnership (SASP) Competition, with coaching from Wells Graduate Sports Assistant and hockey specialist Liam Hedaux, followed by a round robin tournament. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 benefitted from an intensive coaching session led by 12 Wells Senior School sport scholars.Pupils from...
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Bibi Wins the Kingsfield Cup

Congratulations to Year 9 pianist Bibi Redford, who won the Kingsfield Cup in the Piano category at the opening event of this year’s celebrated Taunton Festival of the Arts.The Piano category was adjudicated by pianist Deborah Brittain, Associate of the Royal College of Music and a member of the British Federation of Music Festivals.

U14 Somerset Hockey Tier 2 Champions 

Congratulations to the U14 Boys’ Hockey team, who were crowned county champions of the Tier 2 category of the Notts Sport Boys Schools Championships, held at King’s Taunton last week. The boys beat teams from King’s Bruton, Downside School, Queen’s College Taunton, Wellington School as well as Millfield School’s B Team. They now move on to represent Somerset at the West Finals, to be held in mid-March.The boys’ win means that this year, both the U14 Boys and Girls teams...
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A Level Geohazards Student Conference

Wells A level Geology and Geography pupils attended a Geohazards Students Conference at the University of Plymouth on Monday as part of their academic enrichment.Lectures included Communicating Geohazards and Disaster Risk by Professor Iain Stewart, Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute and BBC television presenter, Hidden Hazards: Sinkholes by Chloe Sheppard-Muir, a Geo-Environmental engineer, Tsunamis: Past and Present, from the UK to Japan by Dr Sarah Boulton, Associate Professor in Active Neotectonics, Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards in the Eastern Caribbean by Dr...
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Lower Sixth Enrichment Interviews

On Friday afternoon, 116 Lower Sixth pupils took part in 20 minute enrichment interviews aimed at providing key life experience and preparing them for the world of work. Preceded by a presentation to introduce pupils to the interview process, and supported by a comprehensive workbook, each pupil had 15 minutes to present why they would be an ideal candidate for a potential role, before being critiqued by a formal interviewer. 30 volunteers from a wide range of business sectors including accountancy, HR,...
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Dave Smith & Fofoulah Inspire Percussionists

Wells percussionists took part in a fabulous collaboration with Old Wellensian Dave Smith and his energetic band Fofoulah on Saturday evening in Cedars Hall. Dave Smith is one of the UK’s great drums pioneers, who plays with Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters and Juju. With Fofoulah he matches African rhythms against a range of styles from rap to dance. Described in The Guardian as, “A bravely adventurous fusion band”, Fofoulah includes talking-drums expert Kaw-Secka and Batch Gueye with his chanting African...
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University Offers 2020

Many of the School’s Upper Sixth pupils have been receiving offers from universities from across the UK over the last few weeks. Meanwhile, many of our musicians await final decisions from conservatoires.To date, pupils have received over 100 offers from Russell Group and other top universities, with offers to study a wide range of subjects, from Anthropology and Archaeology to Engineering, History of Art to Theoretical Physics.  Six Wellensians in total have received Oxbridge offers. Two have offers from the University...
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Promenade Concerts

Over two evenings this week, Wells musicians performed vibrant promenade concerts in the stunning surroundings of Wells Cathedral. On Tuesday evening, brass and percussion musicians, along with guests from the woodwind department played the extraordinary Royal Fireworks Music, by Johann Friedrich Fasch, written for the wedding of Catherine the Great, with Elgar Howarth’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s thrilling Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition.The following evening, Wells woodwind musicians, together with selected guests from across the whole music...
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Menuhin International Violin Competition

Huge congratulations to Year 9 violinist, Dawid Kasprzak, who has been accepted into the Menuhin International Violin Competition Junior Section which will take place in Richmond, Virginia, in mid-May 2020.Dawid was selected, one of just 22 participants from a list of 152 applicants, to take part in the competition following submission of a recording in October and a rigorous audio screening process. The Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading competition for young violinists, receiving entries from the top conservatoires and music...
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Kevin Hits Top 35 Ranking

Congratulations to Year 11 pupil Kevin Luk, who won the Oxfordshire Senior Bronze Badminton Tournament held in Abingdon over the weekend, his first senior tournament win, which has resulted in a top 35 Badminton England ranking. To reach the finals of the Oxfordshire Tournament, Kevin had to beat both the captain of the University of Warwick’s Badminton Team, and also a member of the Wales National Team. Kevin was awarded a financial prize as Tournament Champion. 

Young Musicians’ Gala Recital

On Saturday evening Upper Sixth trumpeter Danni Woodnutt, and Lower Sixth pianist Sejin Yoon performed in the first of this year’s Young Musicians’ Gala Recitals in Cedars Hall.As finalists in the School’s Concerto Competition, the pupils presented an exciting and eclectic range of classical masterpieces for solo piano and solo trumpet. The recital also included the world premiere of Minds for Trumpet and Timpani by Paul Denegri, with fellow Lower Sixth percussionist Stan Talman as guest performer on timpani.

EDF Day

On Tuesday pupils in Year 9 were visited by electricity company EDF, which supplies electricity and power across the UK. Following a talk about power stations from the EDF team, pupils were shown a video about the construction of the new Hinkley Point C reactor at Bridgwater, before being split into small groups to make their own wind turbines, helped with advice from the EDF team and Wells science teachers. Each group was given exactly the same materials and they had...
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Senior School Ski Trip 2019-20

Fifty pupils and five staff enjoyed a successful week skiing at Les Menuires, in the Belleville valley of Les Trois Vallées, over the New Year. The skiing conditions were perfect, with blue skies and well covered pistes. All ability groups made excellent progress, but a special mention should be made to congratulate our 26 beginners who made incredible progress by skiing a slalom course by the end of the week! Many thanks to Martin Ashton, Ken Padgett, James Mayes, Harriet...
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Luke Returns to NYOW

Congratulations to Year 9 violinist, Luke Doyle, who has once again been chosen for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. Founded in 1945, the NYOW has the distinction of being the first national youth orchestra in the world and is Europe’s longest-standing national youth orchestra. This year, the orchestra will work for the first time with the New Zealand-born conductor, Holly Mathieson, as well as with a first-class team of professional musicians, before going on to perform three concerts across Wales....
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Celebrating Christmas with The Salvation Army

Talented Year 9 chorister, Sophie Harbridge, performed the beautiful and spiritual Pie Jesu to a packed audience of 5,000 at the Royal Albert Hall in the first week of December, as part of the annual Christmas Celebration with the Salvation Army.Celebrity guests and Salvation Army musicians kicked off the festive season with a celebration of Christmas music, carol singing, and readings. In addition to Sophie’s uplifting performance, the annual festive event saw doyenne of British baking, Mary Berry and EastEnders...
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Senior UKMT Maths Challenge

17 Senior Wells pupils have achieved an award in this year’s Senior UKMT Maths Challenge.The Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at pupils across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.Five Wells pupils achieved Gold and were selected for the follow-on Kangaroo papers; six pupils achieved Silver; whilst six achieved Bronze.Congratulations to the following pupils:Gold Award: Harry Chantrey, Francois Cloete, Amber Cooknell and Leo Li, Lower Sixth; and...
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Unbeaten Season for U14 Hockey Team

Congratulations to the Under 14 Girls’ Hockey Team and their enthusiastic coach, Fiona Robertson, who have enjoyed an unbeaten season this year, as well as being crowned Tier 2 County Champions at the Somerset Hockey Tournament in October. 

Grease is the Word

Congratulations to the cast, band and creative team of this year’s dynamic Senior School Production – the popular and high octane musical, Grease, performed at Strode Theatre over five shows in the first week of December. Produced and directed by Damian Todres, with music directed by Paul Denegri and vocals directed by Laurence Whitehead, the show involved over 80 pupils, acting, singing, dancing and involved in creative production backstage. Since its electric Broadway and West End debut in the early 1970’s, Grease...
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Longleat Festival of Light 

Nicky Connock and her team of helpers took 25 pupils from the Senior School to visit the spectacular Longleat Festival of Light on Friday, as part of the activities organised for boarding pupils. This year the theme was Myths and Legends, which provided a sensational odyssey of colour and adventure as extraordinary creatures, ancient deities and magnificent scenery were brought to life in glorious technicolour! 

Sugar Plum

The bright and vibrant musical bonanza, Sugar Plum, featured all the pupils in the Wells Nursery and Pre-prep classes in this year’s wonderful Pre-prep Christmas Show. The play follows the North Pole adventures of the fairy Sugar Plum, Elvin the cheeky elf and a whole cast of entertaining characters, as everybody learns lessons about the true meaning of Christmas. Pupils were involved in every aspect of the show’s preparation: designing and making parts of the set; decorating the programmes; and...
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National Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to the following ten Wells musicians on their recent selection for the prestigious National Youth Orchestra for the 2019-20 season:Luke Lane, Year 11, trumpetImogen Moorsom, Year 11, french hornIsabelle Nettle, Year 11, violaRebecca Pughe, Year 11, oboeSummer Brooks, Lower Sixth, violaTom Mahoney, Lower Sixth, double bass Stan Talman, Lower Sixth, percussionAlfie Creber, Upper Sixth, percussionElla Leonard, Upper Sixth, oboeEliza Talman, Upper Sixth, trumpet

Geology Schools Challenge

Congratulations to the Wells A level Geology Team who have qualified for the National Final of the Geological Society Schools Challenge, after competing against teams in the Western Regional round from Bishop Wordsworth’s School and South Wiltshire Grammar School (combined team) and Cirencester College.The team was led by Upper Sixth pupil Nicholas Richards and included Ellie Ager, Humphrey Boot, Edward Harris, Megan Taylor and Isaac Wiessler.This year’s theme in the Western Regional round was The Solar System and Beyond. The...
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Inter-House Public Speaking Competition

A packed Cedars Hall was thoroughly entertained by a range of stimulating presentations at our annual Inter-House Public Speaking Competition on Friday evening. As a fitting climax to the celebration of St Andrew’s Day, 250 pupils were treated to a series of topics ranging from ‘Does Money bring Happiness?’ to ‘Parents should be kept off social media!’. Other subjects included the relevance of feminism today, the place of military intervention, the benefits of a Gap year, dystopian fiction and the consequences...
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Parents’ Association Christmas Fair

The annual Parents’ Association Christmas Fair took place on 1st December, festively heralding the start of the Christmas countdown at Wells. The Eavis Hall and the John Baxter Foyer were filled with colourful stalls selling Christmas gifts; whilst parents enjoyed hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies provided by the catering team. Members of the Pre-Prep and Junior School ballet club performed a beautiful rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Snowflakes from The Nutcracker; pupils from across the Junior School sang...
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Development Day for Oxbridge

On Friday Wells was delighted to co-host the inaugural Oxbridge development day alongside Millfield School. This invigorating event saw 80 pupils from local state and independent schools join together to ready themselves for Oxbridge interviews.Pupils were challenged to think laterally, develop their opinions and discuss their ideas through a carousel of four activities. By the end of the day pupils were intellectually exhausted and felt better prepared for their forthcoming interviews. One pupil commented, “The day taught us to come up with a large variety...
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Musical Legacy from Pete Handley

The Wells Percussion Department are honoured to have taken possession of a fantastic Roland Electronic drum kit originally belonging to former Wells percussion teacher, Pete Handley. Pete, a much-loved member of the Wells community, who introduced the School’s Drumline, tragically passed away in 2014. His family have generously given his drum kit to the School, so that Wells musicians can benefit.Head of student experience, and percussion, Jayne Obradovic, said, “We miss Pete enormously, his passion for music education was infectious...
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‘Vicars’ Close’ Composition

Woody Collins, a young musician and composer in Year 7, has been inspired to compose a song about Vicars’ Close and Wells Cathedral. Using the knowledge of his time at Wells as a chorister and his own choral skills, Woody has integrated chorister singing and computer-generated Cathedral bells into his work, as well as Stuart Beer’s Alleluia, to depict the effect of the Cathedral looming over the Close. Woody’s long term aim is to capture the atmosphere of Wells by writing...
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Modern Languages Film Nights

The first of this year’s film nights, run by the Department of Modern Languages, featured the award-winning Canadian French-language drama Monsieur Lazhar, a moving tale of immigration and education. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the culturally-enriching opportunity to see the Oscar-nominated film, in French, but with English subtitles, and are looking forward to future film selections from the Modern Languages team. Look out for upcoming language films in the months ahead! 

CSI Club

Chemistry teacher, James Davis, has introduced an exciting new club for aspiring young forensics and detectives. CSI Club offers pupils the opportunity to learn real-time techniques used by Crime Scene Investigators. Pupils learn a range of techniques, from blood pattern analysis, fingerprinting and fingerprint pattern analysis, footwear and toolmark casting, evidence collection and general crime scene processing techniques for both indoor and outdoor crime scenes. This is proving a fun, challenging and fascinating course for all budding detectives and crime...
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Open Recorder Days in Amsterdam

Over the October half term break, Wells specialist recorder players performed at ‘Open Recorder Days Amsterdam’ (or ORDA as it is known). This is an international festival of recorder playing which features classes for all levels of young performer, recitals and masterclasses. This was an amazing experience for all the Wells musicians, but particularly for Year 11 musician, Eliza Haskins, who went on to come first in her class – the first time a UK solo entrant has achieved this...
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New Percussion Repertoire

Head of student experience, Jayne Obradovic, and percussion teacher and principal timpanist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Matt Hardy, have recently had a new book of percussion music published by Southern Percussion. The book, Concert and Audition Pieces for The Young Percussionist, features pieces written by Jayne and Matt for Wells pupils over the years and is now used in ABRSM examinations. It follows, 20 years on, from a book of music that Jayne had published for the Trinity...
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John Baxter becomes a Foundation Fellow

Last Saturday, former Headmaster, John Baxter, was honoured with a Foundation Fellowship for his commitment and services to the School at the annual Foundation Dinner, which took place alongside the official opening of the John Baxter Foyer in Cedars Hall. It was great to see many familiar faces who were teachers and parents at the School during Mr Baxter’s tenure and to have the opportunity to thank him for all the support he has given the School over the years.

Side By Side Orchestra Day

On Tuesday, Wells ran a side by side orchestra day for 40 prep school pupils from King’s Hall School in Taunton, Farleigh Prep School in Andover and St Peter’s Prep School in Exmouth. The young pupils spent the day rehearsing alongside Wells specialist musicians and were joined by musicians from our own Junior School. Paul Denegri and Harvey Brink conducted the orchestral sessions, with brass, strings and woodwind sectionals run by Wells music teachers. At the end of the afternoon, the...
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Girls Hockey First XI Crowned Regional Tier 4 Champions

Huge congratulations to our Girls Hockey First XI who triumphed in the Investec Girls Schools Under 18 Tier 4 Regional Finals held at Clifton College last week, and have been crowned regional champions. The team won all eight games in the regional tournament and now qualify for the national finals to be held at the Olympic Park in Stratford in March.

Sixth Form Climate Change Conference

On Monday Wells Sixth Form pupils were invited to attend a Climate Change Conference hosted by Wells Cathedral, benefiting from a morning of inspiring speeches, interactive workshops and a plenary session.Speakers included Robert Varley, Chartered meteorologist and former Chief Executive of the Met Office; Dr Andy Parsons, a member of Greenpeace who has researched the effects of climate change on polar ecosystems; and Caroline Pomeroy, Director of Climate Stewards. 

Caving with the RAF

Wells RAF Flt Lt, Ken Padgett, took a group of RAF cadets caving in the Mendips on Wednesday afternoon. The group visited Swildon’s Hole, the longest and possibly, wettest, cave system in the Mendips! It is connected to Priddy Green Sink and forms part of the Priddy Caves Site of Special Scientific Interest. The group enjoyed an active and challenging journey through the caves, experiencing a more sporting journey than the previous visit to Goat Church Cavern, and seeing some stunning...
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Wells Hosts Amnesty International Conference

On Thursday, Wells Cathedral School hosted Stand Up! A Schools Human Rights Conference, run by Amnesty International for senior pupils at schools and colleges across the UK.Just under 150 pupils and teachers from across Somerset, Bristol and Dorset gathered at Wells for the first ever Amnesty Human Rights Conference held at the School to hear about current Human Rights issues and take part in workshops and direct action.Head Master Alastair Tighe and Amnesty’s South West Speaker, Tom Wilson, welcomed the...
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Remembrance Sunday Commemorations

Members of the School CCF Army, Navy and Royal Air Force sections as well as the School Drumline once again played a major part in this year’s Wells City Remembrance Sunday commemorations. The Wells cadets and their officers formed a key part of the city parade, lining the St Cuthbert’s Memorial as prayers were said and wreaths were laid outside the Church and later at the Harry Patch Memorial. Wells Cadet Company Sergeant, Lucy Harris laid a wreath on behalf of...
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Sierra Leone Trip

14 Sixth Form pupils spent ten days in Freetown, as part of the Sierra Leone Project, over the October half term break. As part of the trip, pupils taught maths, using Sudokus, maths robots and even Countdown; English, using poetry, nursery rhymes and short stories; French by encouraging communication and story listening; and physical activity, at the JT Reffell French Memorial School; whilst music was taught at the Ballanta Academy of Music. Every afternoon, the team gathered for outreach concerts...
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New English Study Guides

Congratulations to Wells Head of English, Neil Bowen, who has recently published three new books in his Peripeteia Press series.The Art of Drama Volume 2: Macbeth, is a critical guide on Macbeth, aimed at GCSE level & beyond, written by Neil Bowen, Neil Jones, Kathrine Mortimore and Michael Meally.The Art of Drama Volume 4: Jerusalem, is a critical guide on A-level set text, Jerusalem, written by Neil Bowen and Jonathan Peel.The Art of Poetry Volume 19: Songs of Ourselves, is...
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Wells awarded Bronze Coachmark

After 15 months of hard work, Wells has taken a significant step towards establishing itself as a School that embraces and makes the most of performance coaching to develop and improve key areas of teaching and learning.The successful completion of the Coachmark Bronze Award is the first step on a journey to the achievement of the gold standard. It signifies that the School has demonstrated a philosophy and approach that sets high standards and challenges; whilst providing the support to...
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Last Post Trumpeters

17 trumpeters from Wells Cathedral School will play The Last Post and Reveille at Remembrance Services at Wells Cathedral and in schools and churches across the region over the Remembrance Weekend and on Remembrance Day. Wells musicians will play at services in Castle Cary, Coxley, Doulting, East Pennard, Maiden Bradley, Meare, North Wootton, Rode, Wells , Wookey, Wookey Hole as well as Alderney in the Channel Islands.Thanks to Joshua Knott, Year 7; Charlie Ballamy, Year 8; Erin Davies, Grace Davies, Felix Melia...
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Badminton team progresses to County stage 

Congratulations to the Key Stage 4 Boys’ Badminton team, who won all of their matches in the National Schools Badminton Championship in the local stages at St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury on Tuesday, and will now progress to the County stages of the tournament.The Girls’ team played well but were narrowly beaten.

Charlotte selected for live saxophone final

Congratulations to Upper Sixth musician Charlotte Arthur, who is one of only six saxophonists nationally to be chosen for the live final of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Young Saxophone Soloist Competition.Charlotte will be performing at the final at Craxton Studios in London in the second week of January. 

BBC Young Musician Competition

Congratulations to the following eight Wells musicians, who have reached the next round of the prestigious BBC Young Musician Competition 2019: Ruby Cheung, Year 11, Keyboards (piano); Eliza Haskins, Year 11, Woodwind (recorder); Ella Leonard, Upper Sixth, Woodwind (oboe); Max Li, Lower Sixth, Keyboards (piano); Jack Luk, Upper Sixth, Keyboards (piano); Nellie Whittam, Lower Sixth, Strings (violin); Bridget Yee, Year 11, Keyboards (piano); Sejin Yoon, Lower Sixth, Keyboards (piano). The pupils will now compete in the next stage of the competition in Cardiff in late November and early December....
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Under 14 County Hockey Champs

Congratulations to the Under 14 girls’ hockey team, coached by Fiona Robertson, who were crowned Tier 2 County Champions at the Somerset Hockey Tournament held at Millfield at the end of October, winning all of their keenly-fought matches. The girls now join the 1st XI at the forthcoming regional Finals.

Community Sports Hall Championships

Wells once again successfully hosted the annual Mendip Area Sports Hall Championships during the half term break. The competition was attended by nearly 300 pupils aged from 9 to 13 from a range of local schools, including Brookside Community Primary School, Catcott Primary School, Crispin School Academy, Horrington Primary School, Hugh Sexeys School, Oakfield Primary School, Selwood Academy, St Vigor and St John Walton Primary School and West Pennard Primary Schools. The demands of hosting keenly contested, loud and frantic competitions...
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Wells Badminton Tournament

Wells Cathedral School held its first Badminton Tournament in mid-October, involving teams from Ansford, Sexeys Bruton and King Arthur’s Community School in Wincanton. The tournament as split by age group, with an under 15 and an over 15 category.   Seven Wells players took part in the tournament, with Lower Sixth pupil Simon Chan beating Lower Sixth pupil Dora Wong in the Over 15 singles category; then both players winning the Over 15 doubles together.Many thanks to Adam Feather for organising and...
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World War II Battlefields Trip to Normandy

A mixed group of pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11 spent four days over the half term break experiencing an action-packed tour of World War II battlefields, cemeteries, museums and the Normandy Beaches with experienced and enthusiastic guides Chris Eldridge, Sam Broderick, Glyn Lancey and Lucy Tout. From Wednesday 30th October to Saturday 2nd November, the group’s itinerary followed the routes and graves of Old Wellensians and relatives of people associated with the trip.Pupils visited four of the Normandy beaches:...
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Successful Parachute Jump

Members of the Wells CCF completed their parachute jump over the half term break, following their weekend of training earlier in the term. Well done to Freddie Falzon and Hector Gummer.

Proud Sponsors of the Festival of Literature

Wells Cathedral School is proud to be part of the Wells Festival of Literature. This year we sponsored two events: Adam Rutherford who discussed his book The Book of Humans (A Brief History of Culture, Sex, War and the Evolution of Us) and Professor Angela Gallop (the renowned forensic scientist who has dedicated her career to bringing about the right prosecutions and correcting serious miscarriages of justice) discussed her book, When the Dogs Don’t Bark. She was thrilled to hear we...
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CCF Range Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cricket World School Groundsman of the Year

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

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

Drawing Masterclass

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

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

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

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

Head of Schools Conference at Wells

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wells Cathedral School Enjoy Excellent GCSE Exam Results Summer 2019

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

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

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

Wells Cathedral School Speech Day

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

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

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

Jersey Island Walk

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

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

Choristers Sing at Liverpool Cathedral

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

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

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

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

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

Cricket and Culture

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