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Visit to Buckingham Palace

The school was included in our patron, the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday celebrations in May, along with all his other charities. Principal Elizabeth Cairncross said, “It was very special to be amongst thousands of people who work and volunteer for so many different causes, and the gardens of Buckingham Palace were splendid, as was the tea!” Elizabeth Cairncross along with the Dean of Wells, The Very Revd Dr John Davies DL, as Wells chair of governors, the head girl...
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Mid Somerset Festival Vocalists

Year 13 vocalist, Samuel won the prestigious May King Vocal Award, for the most outstanding singer in the Young Adult section; whilst other Wells singers swept the board across the different vocal classes.Congratulations to the following category winners: Year 13 students Gregory (Opera/Operatta), and Samuel (Vocal Recital: 16-19); Year 12 students Gabrielle (Ortorio), and Susanna (Art Song: 16-19); Year 10 students Harriet (Jazz and Pop Songs), Ellen (Show Song), and Cordelia (Art Song: 14, and Vocal Recital U15); and Year...
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Jasmine Crowned Double County Champion

Congratulations to Year 12 student Jasmine who competed at Yeovil in the Somerset County Athletics Association Track and Field Championships in May, winning both the 100m and 200m with personal best times, and crowned double county champion!

Somerset County Cricket

Congratulations to Year 8 student Cerris, who, after a long winter of district trials, county winter training squads and finally four trial matches, has been selected for the Somerset County Girls U13 cricket squad.Matches will include a T20 competition in Berkshire, fixtures against schools and county teams in Wales, Gloucestershire and Hampshire.

The Wells You Want

Year 12 student Archie took the floor at The Wells You Want forum in May, part of an initiative by Wells Independents to discuss ideas about the future of the city. Having recently passed his driving test, Archie suggested some answers to the parking difficulties in Wells, provoking lively discussion amongst the audience.

Inter-area Cross Country

Congratulations to the following nine pupils who were selected to represent Mendip at the recent Inter-area Cross Country championships:Year 3-4 Girls – Augusta and Willow Year 5-6 Girls – Linsey, Georgia, Aeryn and SianYear 3-4 Boys – CharlieYear 5-6 Boys – Arthur and Ralph

Gold for Eliza

Congratulations to Year 6 pupil Eliza who won gold in the International Acrobatic Gymnastic tournament in Switzerland in May.And also to Year 6 pupils Alexander, who has been selected for the Somerset County Cricket summer squad U11 team; and Oliver who has been selected to represent the South West Trampolining Team at the British Gymnastics Junior Regional Finals in June.

Two Moors Festival Winner

Congratulations to Year 12 vocalist Maddie, one of four winners at this year’s prestigious Two Moors Festival. Maddie, a specialist singer at Wells, won a significant financial prize and will perform at the Festival in October.  

Gold Duke of Edinburgh

A group of Year 13 students have achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh award this year, with seven of them visiting Buckingham Palace in May, where they were congratulated by HRH Prince Edward and presented with their certificates by actor, comedian and director, Stephen Merchant.Photo shows: Melissa, Darcie, Eleanor, Thomas, Harry, Samuel, Thomas

The Wedding of the Year

On Thursday pupils in the nursery and reception classes took part in a magnificent mock wedding ceremony in Wells Cathedral. The children entered the Lady Chapel in wedding order whilst the organist played Widor, our very own ‘Meghan Markle’ was given away by the father of the bride, hymns including Jerusalem were sung, Haribo rings were exchanged and vows were made. The West Doors of the Cathedral were opened as the newly married couple appeared for photographs, whilst confetti was...
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Chess Success

After qualifying via a tournament held within school over last term, seven Year 5 pupils, George, Georgia, William, Paul, Joshua, Linsey and Hugo; as well as Charlie from Year 6, all competed in the follow-on Megafinal held at Millfield on Sunday.Each pupil had to play six games. They gained lots of valuable experience and had a lot of fun too.Particular congratulations should go to Joshua and Hugo, who gained enough points to go on to the regional Gigafinal.

Chemistry Trip to the University of Bristol

In mid-May the chemistry team took 40 Year 10 chemists to the University of Bristol’s Chemistry Department, where they spent the morning in the lab conducting practical work and extracting caffeine from tea leaves. In the afternoon they enjoyed talks from some of the postgraduate science students and a lecture demonstration in one of the giant Bristol lecture theatres.

Dorset Golf Championship Semi-Finalist

Congratulations to Year 9 student Hermione who reached the semi-finals of the prestigious Dorset Ladies County Golf Championship, a scratch golf competition for the best lady players in Dorset, this weekend. Hermione, who plays to an impressive 9-handicap, played five rounds from Friday to Sunday, beating two 5 handicap players on her way to the final four, despite a badly sprained ankle. Head of sport, and herself a talented golfer, Gemma Pritchard said, “We are delighted for Hermione – this...
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Taunton Young Musician of the Year

Very many congratulations to Year 12 double bassist, Alexander, who was crowned Taunton Young Musician of the Year 2018 at this year’s prestigious Taunton Festival of the Arts, which took place over the first May bank holiday weekend.Alex, who performed the Fryba Suite im Alten Still “Allemande” and Vanhal Double Bass Concerto no.1, first movt., was given glowing praise for his performance by adjudicator and renowned cello soloist Lesley Shrigley Jones, who said that Alex gave “A fascinating display of...
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Incredible Season for Badminton

On the last Monday in April the U18 Boys Badminton team played their final league match of the season against the league leaders, Queens Taunton, with all to play for! Having won Division 3, and leapt over Division 2 due to considerable success earlier in the season, the boys had enjoyed a storming run, making it to the pinnacle of Division 1. The final matches were neck and neck, but with 8 points to make up, Queens proved too impressive...
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Bath Sevens Trophy for Thomas

Congratulations to Year 9 student, Thomas, who was selected to play in the prestigious U14 Bath Rugby Sevens Tournament, organised by Bath rugby over the May bank holiday weekend.Thomas’ Bath team played in pool matches against Chippenham, Salisbury, and arch rivals Walcott during the morning, winning all three matches, which culminated in their progression as pool winners to the final. The final, against the team from Dorchester, was held at the Bath Recreation Ground during the half-time interval of the...
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Confirmation Day

Five students took part in the Confirmation Quiet Day at the Bishop’s Palace last Wednesday, run by Wells chaplain, the Revd Juliette Hulme. Year 7 students Matilda, Miranda, Jessica and Daniel; and Year 11 student Nicola, were then confirmed by the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Right Revd Peter Hancock in Wells Cathedral on Sunday.

Ferio Play at Jersey Boat Show

Six Wells Ferio percussionists, accompanied by Jayne Obradovic, James Mayes, Chris Rondel and Ashley Deacon, visited Jersey over the bank holiday weekend, where they performed at the prestigious Jersey Boat Show, Queen Victoria College and its prep school, where Stool Pigeon drew noisy requests for an encore!

Woodwind Instrument Days

Over the last month, Wells has hosted three Woodwind Sundays as part of the Instrument Days Scheme, created for the benefit of the wider community.There were excellent turnouts for the Single Reed, Flute and Recorder Days, with delegates attending from as far afield as London and Gloucestershire. The unique teaching techniques of our specialist teachers and visiting professors of music were much appreciated by the attending musicians. Marina Kummer of the Plymouth Clarinet Choir commented “Always inspiring to hear my...
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Adventures in Cyprus

A group of seven Year 10 RAF cadets enjoyed the trip of a lifetime and witnessed history in the making over the Easter break when they spent ten days at the RAF base in Cyprus. The group who were joined by 53 other students from across the country experienced a wide range of activities from the bases of RAF Troodos, RAF Akrotiri, and RAF Episkopi.As well as go karting, clay pigeon shooting, water sports, and visiting a water park, the...
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Lily Selected for England Hockey Camp

Congratulations to Year 10 student Lily who has been selected as one of only two girls from the West Region, and one of only 16 nationally, to take part in an England Hockey training camp in the May half term. Lily currently plays at Under 15 level for the South West Regional Performance squad based at Taunton.The national camp will take place over four days at the end of May and will be based in Stoke, a central location to...
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Principal Flute for the Opera North Orchestra Academy

Congratulations to Year 12 specialist musician, Eliza, who has been selected as Principal Flute for the Opera North Orchestra Academy. The Opera North Orchestra Academy is an immersive orchestral training programme for outstanding young musicians age 14 – 19 Grade 7+ from across the North of England and beyond.As part of this fabulous opportunity, Eliza has been invited to attend the Orchestra Academy summer residential course at Leeds College of Music at the end of August. The course provides a...
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Tower Poetry Finalist

Congratulations to Year 12 student Miranda, who was selected as one of the six finalists in the prestigious Oxford Tower Poetry Competition 2018. Miranda attended the awards ceremony over the Easter recess where she met the judges, Christopher Reid, John Fuller, and Peter McDonald and received a significant cash prize for her poem, Corner Table at Tom’s Cafe. Her poem was highly commended. In addition to her individual prize, Miranda also received a cash prize for the school.  Tower Poetry...
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Making Racing History

Year 11 student Tom became the youngest ever racing driver in British GT history when he competed on the track over the Easter recess. Tom is too young to hold a UK driving license but can regularly be seen hitting speeds of over 150 mph on famous tracks such as Silverstone.Tom partners 22 year old Sennan Fielding in the British GT Championship for 2018, driving for Steller Motorsport in the Toyota GT86 #68, in one of the most competitive years...
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Hockey Players Represent Somerset at West Academy Centre Tournaments

Ten Wells hockey players represented Somerset at the West Region’s Academy Centre Tournaments in Clifton, Street and Taunton over the last weekend of the Easter break.Players were selected from the Junior Academy Centre (JAC) squad of players for each age group, following the JAC training camp the previous week. The Somerset teams played matches against Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire; with the Somerset achieving particular success across the age groups.The following players represented Somerset: Lewis and Max at...
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Holly Rides for Glory

Year 7 student Holly has been representing Wells on her pony Ro, at National Schools Equestrian Association competitions (NSEA) across the South West over the last few months. Holly rides at Naydon Equestrian and goes out to compete at both unaffiliated and affiliated British Show Jumping Association (BSJA) events.Although Holly has only had Ro, who is 14.2hh, for five months they have regularly been competing, with clear rounds, in show jumping and dressage competitions at Pontispool and Taunton Vale, as...
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Honey-voiced Harriet Stars on the Small Screen

Year 10 student Harriet has been selected to voice the character of Honey in the new Channel 5 cartoon, Shane the Chef, and has been recording the programme in studios in London over the last few weeks. She will also be featuring in the film Ploey: You Never Fly Alone, which will be shown at Vue Cinemas from 2nd July.Harriet has enjoyed a successful voice-over career to date, having voiced Oona in Bubbleguppies, Lilly Bobtail in Peter Rabbit and Young...
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University and Music College Offers

Final year students at Wells Cathedral School have been receiving offers and scholarships from prestigious academic and music establishments worldwide, as they plan the next steps in their education post A-level.Students have received over 150 offers from Russell Group universities this year, with offers to study a wide range of subjects within the UK, from geology to psychology, architecture to law. Others have cast their net further this year, with offers from colleges across the States, including Wheaton College, Massachusetts,...
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Rugby Academy Success for Tom

Year 11 student Tom has had a busy couple of months of rugby. He was selected to play for Somerset U16 in games against Bristol Schools and Cornwall, and also for Bristol Academy U16 in an Academy Festival in Solihull, where they played London Wasps and Northampton Saints Academies.Following his performances on the pitch and at training he was chosen as part of a squad of 30 players from the Bristol Academy to attend the U16 Wellington Academy Festival over...
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Amadeus Academy Orchestra Course

Congratulations to Year 13 french horn player Josie, who has been successful in securing a place with the Amadeus Academy Orchestra, for which there is a week long course in mid-July in Somerset.The orchestra is made up of young professionals and music conservatoire students from across the world and is conducted by Phillip McKenzie. Repertoire will include: Adams – Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Stravinsky – Rite of Spring, and Berlioz – Symphony Fantastique.

Prep Schools Hockey Tournament

We hosted the inaugural Wells Cathedral School Prep Schools Hockey Tournament last week on the new astroturf, with teams from Sherborne Prep, Perrott Hill and Salisbury Cathedral School represented. The Wells team won 4:3 in the final, but the day provided the opportunity for an introduction to Wells sport and facilities to prep school pupils, as well as an opportunity for new catering manager Simon George to wow the hungry boys with a pop up noodle bar and newly created...
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Mid Somerset Festival Successes

Wells musicians performed exceptionally well in this year’s Mid Somerset Festival held at venues across Bath. Wells musicians won two of the major awards at the Festival:The Western Daily Press Challenge Trophy for Outstanding Young Pianist aged 13 and under was awarded to Bridget; The May King Vocal Award to Samuel.The results of the competitive concerto classes were as follows:Piano Concerto – Joint 2nd Laetitia and BenConcerto for Stringed Instrument – 1st SamuelOur musicians were winners in the following classes:Keyboard:Baroque...
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The Event on the Lawn raises thousands!

Over 70 students were involved in this year’s Event on the Lawn, which took place on Saturday evening on Cedars Lawn and in Cedars Hall, to raise funds for the school’s ongoing Sierra Leone Project, supporting Freetown’s Ballanta Academy, the country’s only music academy and also the JT Reffell Primary School. The night showcased local music, food and drink; and highlights included Hetta and the Fridge making their debut performances, the stunning Light Show by Rupert Newman on the facade...
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African Creativity

Year 8 students have been studying African art, dance and music through their creative arts lessons this year. Last week they enjoyed a day off timetable dedicated to African Creativity. The day included sessions on drumming, dancing, singing, storytelling, adrinka printing and art recycling. Kwame who comes from Ghana, was wonderfully enthusiastic and everyone had a great day.

Wells Harpists Hit the High Notes

Congratulations to two Wells senior harpists, who have achieved considerable success at the recent Bristol Festival of Music, Speech and Drama.Jess won the Advanced Class; whilst Katie won the Advanced Performers Class at the Bristol Festival; and the girls were joint winners of the Advanced Recital class.Katie has also been asked to join the National Youth Music Theatre along with her harp, as an on-stage musician, in their production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in London in August.The girls...
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The Wells Sporting Challenge

There was a robust turnout of keen young local sportsmen and women at the Wells Cathedral School Sporting Challenge held at The Moat Walk next to The Bishop’s Palace last weekend. 45 local children came along to take part in the 5 Challenges, five different events, which allowed competitors to demonstrate their running, jumping and throwing skills, alongside their balance, agility and coordination abilities. These are the fundamental movement skills that underpin long term sporting success, and are skills that...
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UKMT Success

We are delighted that so many Wells students have achieved success at this year’s intermediate UKMT Challenge, with 34 students achieving Bronze, Silver or Gold awards; 11 selected to proceed through to the follow up Kangaroo rounds; and Jeroan in Year 10 selected to take part in the prestigious Olympiad round.Eight students achieved Gold, and have all been selected for Kangaroo or Olympiad follow up rounds. Congratulations to Year 10 students Justin, Harry, Amber and Jeroan; and Year 11 students...
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Crufts Agility Winner

Congratulations to Year 11 student Emma and her beautiful cocker spaniel Bandit, who won the Crufts Young Kennel Club Medium ABC Agility Competition on Friday, as well as winning the semi-final and reaching fourth place in the Young Kennel Club Agility Dog of the Year Competition, held in the main Crufts arena on Thursday evening, and televised on Channel 4.Emma has trained her dog Bandit, (Kennel Club name, Black Knight of Wessex), since he was a puppy. He is a...
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Year 7 Glastonbury trip

Last Tuesday, students in Year 7 took part in a field trip to Glastonbury Tor. Harry, 7K, wrote up a piece: First of all, we came to a notice board, which told us about the Tor and the church on top of it (the original church is said to be destroyed in an earthquake in 1278). It also told us about why they built the church there, and the history of the Tor.It was a fairly easy walk up the...
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Publishing success for young Wells composer

15 year old double bass specialist Jan is now a published composer. His short work Syrinx for unaccompanied double bass was released by Recital Music on 15th February as the first piece in Syrinx Book 1 which includes music from six composers in four countries. UK double bass publishing house Recital Music has the largest catalogue of double bass music in the world and publish music by many of the leading composers writing for the double bass today. The Syrinx...
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Prep School Music Skills Day

The inaugural Prep School Music Skills Day was held for trumpet players this week. Over 30 children, from Farleigh School, Andover, St. Peter’s, Exmouth and Dean Close, Cheltenham attended the day, which was led by members of the brass department. The musicians had a fabulously varied day, which included practice skills, musicianship, performance and instrument maintenance. At the end of the day the children performed in a concert at Cedars Hall for parents, playing a range of tunes, including The...
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Strings Cup for Alex

The past few months have been busy and successful for 16 year old Alex, a specialist double bassist at Wells, who is one of ten Wells musicians in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO). Their first residency in Nottingham, just after Christmas, culminated in a series of sell-out concerts, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, in Nottingham and at London’s Barbican Centre. At the end of January Alex performed in three classes at the Oxford...
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British Flute Society Winners

Congratulations to Year 13 flautist Anna and Year 9 flautist Josh, who came second and third, respectively in their age group categories in the prestigious and highly competitive British Flute Society competition at Regent’s Hall in London over the half term break.

Celebrating the Year of the Dog

Students and teachers enjoyed a rousing start to the week as Monday morning’s Cathedral assembly came alive to the beat of Chinese drums heralding the celebration of the Chinese New Year and welcoming the Year of the Dog. Students sat beneath one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac representing their birth year in the nave of the Cathedral; and were treated to a lively and fascinating assembly put together by fellow Chinese students (under the direction of this...
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Trumpet Skills Day 2018

Quilter Hall hosted a Trumpet Skills Day on Sunday, with 45 children, representing around 30 schools, attending from across the South West. The Music from the Movies theme was very well received, with the scores specially arranged by Paul Denegri, head of student performance and brass. Tunes such as The Pirates of the Caribbean and Live and Let Die proved particularly popular with the young musicians, as did the tea time cupcakes courtesy of the school catering team! Nearly 100...
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BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 Finalist

Meadow, one of Wells’ talented percussionists, has made it through to the category finals of the prestigious BBC Young Musician 2018 Competition. Meadow is one of five percussionists from across the UK to have been selected for the finals, which will be broadcast on BBC4 in March. The grand final will take place on 13th May when three musicians will perform a full concerto with a professional orchestra. At Wells Meadow performs with the school Symphony Orchestra and with a...
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Matt Secures Win at County Cross Country Championships

Congratulations to Year 11 student Matt, who romped home in first place at the Somerset Cross Country Championships at Aldon Hill in Yeovil last week. Matt runs in the intermediate boys category, and was running with the aim of securing a place on the Somerset team. He ran the three laps of the 5.7km course from the front, pulling away at the top of hill with 200 metres to the finish line. Cross country coach, Andy Davies was delighted with...
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New Gardening Tools From the PA

Many thanks to the Parents’ Association for funding the purchase of a set of new gardening tools to be used by the gardening club set up by Charlotte Farmer. The club is focusing efforts this term on the development of the house gardens behind Quilter Hall.

Xavier Selected for Somerset

Congratulations to Year 13 student Xavier, who has been selected for the Under 18 Somerset Football Association Squad. In addition to captaining the school first team and leading them to an incredibly successful season, Xavier plays for Wells Football Club at Under 18 level, along with two other young Somerset players. Xavier’s first representative match will take place against Dorset in the South & West Counties Championships on Thursday.

Primary Schools Christmas Concerts

20 Somerset schools were treated to the combined professional skills of Pete Letanka, composer and animateur, and Wells Director of Music, Mark Stringer, for this year’s primary schools Christmas Concerts. The concerts took place over two nights in Wells Cathedral and involved 250 children from the different schools, each night. The participating schools are sent music for the concerts in advance, so that individual music teachers are able to rehearse in the months running up to Advent. Pete Letanka’s new...
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Mathematics Challenges

Senior Team Mathematics Challenge In the second half of November Wells entered a team of four sixth form students for this year’s Senior Team Mathematics Challenge. There are over 30 regional heats held across the UK throughout November and December attended by state and independent schools as well as sixth form colleges. In this year’s regional heat held at King Alfred’s School in Highbridge the Wells team, comprising Julian, Maxim, Sam and Sam competed against 17 other schools and are...
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Navy Try-Dive

Last Wednesday the cadets in the newly established Royal Navy section of the CCF were delighted to host Lt Collins (RN Dive and AT) for an afternoon of diving. The 14 cadets spent a few hours in the school swimming pool learning the basics of diving and experiencing breathing underwater using SCUBA equipment. The cadets all had a fantastic time, many of them are now suitably enthused to attend the ocean diver course run by the Royal Navy to obtain...
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Clean Sweep for Badminton Team

The Wells Boys’ Badminton team goes from strength to strength, qualifying for Division 2 of the Somerset League following an unbeaten season. Beating the team from Queen’s Taunton 12-4; and the team from Millfield 12-0, the boys rounded off the term in style. Congratulations to John, Year 10; Melvyn, Year 11; Nate, Year 11; and Alex, Year 13, and to their coach Jane Lipton.

Announcement of Head of Wells Cathedral School

The Governing Body of Wells Cathedral School is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Alastair Tighe as Head of Wells Cathedral School with effect from 1 September 2018. Governors conducted an extensive and rigorous selection process interviewing a wide range of very experienced applicants. Alastair was the unanimous choice of both the Governing Body and its consultants. He shone at all stages of the selection process. The Chair of Governors, the Very Reverend Dr John Davies DL, says: ‘From...
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Netball Satellite Academy

Congratulations to Year 10 netballers Martha and Amelia who have been selected for the Netball Satellite Academies for Avon and Somerset, respectively. The Satellite Academy is the first step on the England Pathway. County Netball Associations manage and deliver Satellite Academies on behalf of England Netball, delivering about 15 sessions per year. Qualified and experienced Level 2 coaches deliver the training programmes set by England Netball. The emphasis in the Satellite Academy is for young netballers to learn how to...
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Dartmoor Dash!

A group of 18 CCF cadets started the exeat weekend with a brisk and chilly circular walk of the high tors of North Dartmoor. After a night in the NAAFI at Okehampton and sustained by a substantial breakfast from the camp cookhouse, the group started their dash at 7.30am, with the aim of completing the 12 mile route by early afternoon. In a mixture of snow and sleet showers, north westerly winds and some beautiful crisp blue skies the groups...
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Foundation Fellow Ten Year Celebration

Over a hundred guests celebrated the ten year anniversary of the Wells Cathedral School Foundation Fellowship Awards, and witnessed the presentation of the 2017 Fellowships, at Cedars Hall on Saturday evening. The evening comprised a drinks reception in the John Baxter Foyer, followed by dinner and presentations in the Eavis Hall from former head, John Baxter, principal, Elizabeth Cairncross, vice-president of the Old Wellensian Association and former deputy head Charles Cain, and chairman of the Old Wellensian Association, George Bunting....
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An Evening of Wonder

On Monday evening, head of academic enrichment, Charlotte Farmer and drama teacher Shelley Deans, took 19 students in Year 9 to watch the gala preview of Wonder, the newly released film adaptation of the 2012 New York Times bestseller of the same name, by R.J. Palacio. Wells Film Centre put on the special gala performance as part of their 25 year celebrations. The audience were treated to a celebration slice of cake, and Wells trumpeter Luke Lane was asked to...
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Reindeer Parade

Junior school and pre-prep teachers ran a very popular creative craft stall at the Wells Rotary Club Reindeer Parade on the first Sunday in December, helping to decorate 80 gingerbread reindeer and creating beautiful brown reindeer bags for the young recipient of each sweet treat!

National Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to the following Wells musicians who have been selected for this year’s National Youth Orchestra: Theo, ‘cello Meadow, percussion (Principal – Easter course) Lucy, ‘cello Alexander, double bass Fergus, oboe Meggie, trombone Thomas, ‘cello Samuel, ‘cello Daniel, percussion Nellie, violin

Chess Club

Deborah Searle, one of the new maths teachers has introduced an after school chess club for the community. Coached by Chris Strong, the Somerset county chess coach, the first session involved 40 students from across the school, with a particularly large contingent from the junior school!

Last Post Trumpeters

17 Wells trumpeters, from junior school students to the most senior brass specialist, played 20 performances of The Last Post and Reveille at Remembrance Services at Wells Cathedral and in churches, schools and memorials around Somerset, and as far away as the Channel Islands on Friday and Sunday, in this year’s centenary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele – one of the bloodiest of World War One. Thanks to the head of student performance and brass co-ordinator Paul...
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Wells Remembrance Day Parade

Over 50 CCF cadets from Wells took part in the city’s Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday, led by Year 11 student Polly carrying the school mace and supported by the school drum corps. Wells cadets from across the Royal Marine Band, Navy, Army and RAF sections of the CCF Contingent were represented, and were led by Jonathan Barnard. Year 9 trumpet specialist Luke played the Last Post and Reveille on the bugle either side of the city’s commemorative silence.

Royal Navy expands the CCF at Wells Cathedral School

Commodore Nick Tindal, Commanding Officer of Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, has officially opened a Combined Cadet Force Royal Navy Section at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset. The Naval contingent joins two other successful Combined Cadet Force (CCF) sections from the Army and the Royal Air Force who formed at Wells prior to World War II, bringing the total enrolment up to over 120 Cadets. “The opening of the Naval Section at Wells gives the youngsters an opportunity to assume...
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Sierra Leone Project Trip 2017

During the October break, 15 sixth-formers and three members of staff travelled to Freetown for the annual trip to Sierra Leone. Despite the suffocating and humid heat, the students worked hard, with six musicians and Jack Coward giving daily lessons to the older students at the Ballanta Academy of Music. Other students worked at the nearby JT Reffell French Memorial School, teaching English, grammar and drama through the medium of children’s stories to pupils aged 5 to 16, as well...
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National Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to Year 12 percussionist Meadow and to Year 13 percussionist Daniel who have been selected for the prestigious National Youth Orchestra. Meadow has also been selected as the Principal Percussionist for the section. This is the first time that two Wells musicians have been selected at the same time for the percussion section.  

Community Sport

Wells hosted this year’s primary school PE conference supporting Jason Hedaux, the School Games Organiser from Somerset Sport Activities Partnership (SASP). Primary school teachers from the Mendip area and beyond discussed the advantages of putting children at the heart of teaching and learning processes through the structure of ‘Real PE’. Much of the delivery resonated with the current drive at Wells junior school to ensure that all our pupils enjoy their PE and that it is delivered at the right...
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The annual school fireworks display went with a bang on Monday evening. The Parents’ Association sold hot dogs, burgers, and drinks, as well as toffee apples to keen students to raise funds for school bids, and the light display was spectacular. Talented Year 11 photographer​ ​James took these photos during the evening.

Save the Children Walk

Over 350 walkers from the school community took to the Mendip Hills to experience the glorious views from the top of Bristol Hill and Ebbor Gorge, as part of the annual Save the Children Walk on Sunday. The sun shone throughout the day and the mud only added to the fun, as far as the students were concerned! Comprising two walks, a shorter 5 mile walk for younger pupils and a longer 10 mile walk for senior school students, this...
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Mendip Junior Cross Country League

The first race of this season’s Mendip Junior Cross Country League took place at Millfield Prep School on Tuesday 3rd October. Wells fielded a determined squad of young pupils, with girls and boys represented in each of the four group categories. The girls teams started particularly strongly, with the upper school girls’ team (Years 5 to 6) currently sitting in second place following the races; and the lower school girls’ team (Years 3 to 4) currently in third place. Congratulations...
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County Hockey Academy Centre Selections

14 hockey players from Wells have been selected to represent Somerset across various age categories at this year’s Somerset Hockey Academy Centres for the forthcoming season. The Academy Centres this year have been revamped from the previous JAC and JRPC as part of the national move to the new England Hockey Player Pathway. The aim in Somerset is to run the Academy Centres in a similar way to the regional Performance Centres to ensure that young players are developed in...
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Under 16 Girls Hockey Squad Make it to Regionals

Congratulations to the Under 16 Girls Hockey Squad who have progressed through to the regional finals of the National Girls’ Hockey Tournament, following a fantastic performance at the Somerset county tournament in Millfield on Wednesday. Ten Somerset schools fought it out in two groups of five for the honour of representing the county at the regionals. Having played extremely well in their group, the Wells team beat a strong Queen’s Taunton team 4-2 on penalty flicks in the semi-finals. As...
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Hockey Masterclass

On Monday head of hockey, James Mayes, took a group of ten Year 8 hockey players to take part in the Prep Schools Hockey Masterclass afternoon at Millfield school. The players enjoyed an afternoon of fantastic technical training from Great Britain Olympic gold medallists Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh, two American field hockey internationals, Scottish international goalkeeper Jamie Cachia and several junior England hockey internationals. Annabel, Mimi, Oskar, Freya, Cameron, Raffy, Devon and Charles were photographed after the session with Helen...
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Podium Place for Tom

Congratulations to Year 11 student Tom, a Rookie Junior Ginetta driver, who won a podium finish at Silverstone in one of the British Touring Car Championship support races last weekend. The finals over the Silverstone weekend have taken Tom to tenth in the 2017 championship, with the last round held at the Brands Hatch GP Circuit and televised live on ITV4 on Sunday 1st October.

Somerset Art Weeks

For the very first time, artwork by talented student artists at Wells is exhibited as part of the Somerset Art Weeks Festival, 2017. The Festival runs from 23rd September to 8th October and features artwork at 120 different venues across the county. The inspiring and eclectic exhibition of artwork by Wells pupils is featured in venue 33, in the John Baxter Foyer of Cedars Hall, our state of the art music, arts and learning venue. Visitors are able to follow...
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Niall Mellis Memorial Match

The Wells first XV rugby team took part in the annual Niall Mellis Memorial match at Wells Rugby Football Club against their youth team on Saturday in a friendly, but keenly fought local derby established to commemorate the life of teenager Niall Mellis. Niall was a pupil at Wells and an enthusiastic member of Wells Rugby Football Club before his death, aged 18, from cancer in 2013. Niall was a passionate sportsman, and later due to his illness, vocal supporter...
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Drum Kit Day

35 musicians enjoyed a lively Drum Kit Day in Cedars Hall on Sunday, led by drum kit teacher and professional musician Andy Tween, with percussion teacher Jon Whitfield and a professional combo. The youngsters participated in a variety of sessions on technique, performance, as well as a talk about life as a working drummer. The trade stand by Ev-entz proved popular and the final concert to parents and friends demonstrated many rhythmic styles including reggae and latin.

Hockey astro open for business

At the start of the new school year, Wells hockey players christened the newly installed hockey astro turf pitch at Mundy’s Meadow with a lively pre-season training session led by England and Great Britain hockey international Tom Carson. A hardworking striker with an eye for a goal, Tom has a total of 75 caps and has scored 20 international goals for his countries, including the one that saw England through to a bronze medal at the Hero Hockey World League...
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Tom Represents Bristol Rugby Academy

In mid-August, Bristol Rugby Academy took a selected squad of 30, which included Year 11 student Tom, to the Warwick U16 rugby festival, held at Warwick School. Bristol Rugby Academy won two out of their three games, the first game, a win against Leicester Tigers Academy, the second a narrow loss to London Irish Academy, and the third a win against Northampton Saints Academy. Tom thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is working hard to be selected for the next Academy...
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Raising money for the Sierra Leone Project

The group travelling to Sierra Leone in October devised ways of fundraising over the summer. It costs £150 to send one child to the Ballanta Academy of Music for a year to pay for all their tuition and exam fees, so that was Year 13 student Patrick’s initial target. He planned a sponsored bike ride, starting from Langport, along the River Parrett and through villages on the Levels. Patrick and his riding buddy were fortunate that the bikes were loaned...
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Sam Wins Emmy Award

Congratulations to Old Wellensian and Foundation Fellow, Sam Okell, who has been awarded a prestigious Emmy Award, to sit alongside his two Grammys, for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Programme – The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years. The winners of this Primetime Emmy Awards‘ two-part creative arts ceremony, were announced this weekend, ahead of the main event, which will take place on Sunday 17th September.

Wells GCSE Exam Results Summer 2017

Pupils at Wells celebrated impressive GCSE results on Thursday, with the top A* grade awarded for over a quarter of all examinations taken by the students. Over half achieved A* to A grades, with almost 80 per cent of all grades achieved by Wells students A* to B grades. The pass rate was 99.9 per cent. Molly achieved 11 A* grades, whilst Susanna and Catherine, both students who have focused on their instrumental music, received 10 A* grades. 31 pupils,...
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Strong A-level Performance for Wells Students

Wells students had much to celebrate on Thursday, with a very strong set of A-level results achieved by this year’s cohort. The overall pass rate for the 109 candidates was 99.1 per cent, with over three quarters achieving grades A* to B; nearly 50 per cent achieving grades A* to A (compared to a national average figure of 26 per cent); and almost 20 per cent gaining the top A* grade. Over a quarter of pupils achieved all A* and...
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Papillon Recordings

Senior choristers and Vicars Choral recorded a number of tracks for a forthcoming Hollywood film track in a unique session held in the beautiful surroundings of the Cathedral Chapter House on Monday. Ex-chorister and film composer, David Buckley, has been responsible for a number of high profile films, so it was a real honour for our choristers to work with him on this unique venture.

BBC Inspire Young Composer Winner

Congratulations to Year 11 musician Rebecca, who has been awarded first prize in the Upper Junior category of the prestigious BBC Inspire Young Composer’s competition 2017, with her composition The Death of Lennie Small, a quartet for violin, cello, flute and clarinet. Rebecca’s piece will be recorded by members of the Aurora Orchestra at the BBC Broadcasting House in London on 14th August and then later to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Also as part of the prize, the...
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Tree Dedication

This month the Sierra Leone charity project dedicated a tree in memory of Dr Ahmadu Fadlu-Deen, late husband of Kitty Fadlu-Deen, who co-founded the Ballanta Academy of Music in Freetown. The Ballanta is the only music school in Sierra Leone and where our specialist musicians spend many happy, hot hours teaching music as part of the annual trip. The tree, a Cork Oak, was chosen by head-gardener, Paul Barnett, and is an evergreen oak native to the Mediterranean and north...
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Glastonbury Festival Concerto Performance

26 Wells musicians, from the Wells Cathedral School Chamber Orchestra, joined comedian Vikki Stone on Sunday afternoon on the stage at the Astrolabe Theatre at Glastonbury, for Vikki’s Concerto for Comedian and Orchestra. Photo Credit: Charles Gervais

Medieval Day

A wonderful array of primary school children in costume arrived to enthusiastically partake in the school’s Medieval Day last Monday, with ladies, knights, crusaders, nuns and knaves from St. Joseph & St. Teresa and Wookey schools joining in the fun. Elizabeth Cairncross began the day with a reading of the Anglo-Saxon poem English poem ‘The Wanderer’ in fluent Old English – Wyrd bið ful aræd!* After this the pupils followed a busy programme of stone carving, calligraphy, gingerbread-making and a...
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Mimi Selected for Somerset

Congratulations to Year 7 student Mimi, who has been selected for the Under 12 Somerset Tennis squad, based on her ranking. She will be representing Somerset in the County Cup in early July.

Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition Semi-Finals

Congratulations to Year 12 student Nick who has reached the semi-finals of the Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition. 78 pianists from 23 countries entered the event and the remaining 20 will compete again at Chetham’s in August. Old Wellensian, Brian, now a first year student at the Royal Northern College of Music, has also made it through to the semi-finals.

HRH the Duke of Gloucester Visit

HRH the Duke of Gloucester visited Vicars’ Close and Cedars Hall last Tuesday, on a joint visit to the school and Wells Cathedral. His Royal Highness was escorted on a tour of Vicars’ Close; the most complete example of a medieval Close in the UK and built 650 years ago to house the men of the Cathedral choir. Later in the afternoon, he visited Cedars Hall, where he met Elizabeth Cairncross, Andy Kemp, Julie Barrow and Cedars Hall architect, Eric...
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Double Mendip Cross Country Winners!

Congratulations to Year 4 pupil Linsey and Year 6 pupil Dimity, both champions in their age group categories in this year’s Mendip Junior Cross Country League, helping to ensure a first and second place podium position for Wells respectively for the Lower School Girls and the Upper School Girls team event, in a thrilling end to the season. A special mention must also go to Year 4 pupil Aeryn, who was runner up in the Lower School Girls category to...
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New Conference Pear for Boarding Orchard

Last Wednesday a conference pear tree was added to the school’s Boarding Schools’ Association orchard, planted outside in Jocelyn Garden. Year 7 students Markus, Alex, Dhanya and Demi were helped by head boy Angus Mitchell and directed by head gardener Paul Barnett and head groundsman Craig Keast.

Trombonist James Wins ROSL Music Competition

Congratulations to Old Wellensian trombonist, James Buckle, who won the Gold Medal at the finals of the prestigious Royal Overseas League Music Competition, held at Cadogan Hall on Wednesday evening – the very first brass player ever to win the Gold Medal in its 65 Year history. The ROSL Annual Music Competition is the centrepiece of ROSL ARTS’ year-round programme of events. The competition offers more than £70,000 in awards with a £10,000 first prize (the Gold Medal) for solo...
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RIBA South West Building of the Year Award 2017

Cedars Hall, the state of the art performing arts centre, situated in the grounds of Wells Cathedral School, was presented with a South West RIBA award, as well as the prestigious RIBA South West Building of the Year Award 2017 for the South West & Wessex region, at the RIBA South West Architecture Awards held in Bristol on Tuesday night. Cedars Hall, designed by London-based architects Eric Parry, and constructed by Shaylor Group, opened last October. With a 350-seat auditorium...
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Share a Pencil Day

Students in Years 6 to 9 took part in the first national Share a Pencil Day last Wednesday under the leadership of Jules Desmarchelier-Arpino. The aim of the day, organised by the charity, HOPE, was to raise awareness of the lack of access to education for 124 million children around the world, as a result of due to conflict and war, poverty, health, family circumstances and lack of resources. Students in Years 7 to 9 were introduced to the issue...
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Geneva Exchange

At the end of March, ten Wells students travelled to Geneva for a week on the first leg of their French exchange with students from the Institut Florimont in Switzerland. Students spent the weekend with their Swiss families, returning to school on the Monday to attend lessons in French and English. Later in the week they went on excursions to the European headquarters of the United Nations, visited the old town, tried out the little Geneva train, enjoyed spectacular views...
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Sylvia Selected for Stanford Summer College Programme

Congratulations to Year 11 Wells International Study Centre (WISC) pupil Sylvia, who has been selected for the prestigious 8-week Stanford Summer College Programme over the summer holidays. The Stanford courses are compressed to fit the eight-week school term, and are designed to challenge students academically as they are more fast-paced and rigorous than traditional high school courses. Sylvia has chosen to follow Intensive Studies as part of her course, which focuses on human rights; as well as Silicon Valley Innovation...
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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.

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