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Wells Bright Spark

Year 12 Student Lydia has just completed a prestigious work experience with law firm Burges Salmon in Bristol. Lydia was chosen to take part in their ‘Bright Sparks’ initiative with a diverse group of students from all over the Bristol area. The week culminated in a presentation afternoon in front of their mentors, parents and teachers. Head of Sixth Form Sally Rowley was delighted to see Lydia’s team speaking so eloquently about the new legal apprenticeships being offered as an...
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University of Southampton Maths Challenge

Congratulations to three lower school students: Year 8 pupil Harry, who came second in this year’s national University of Southampton Junior Maths Challenge; Year 7 pupil, Joel, who received a merit in the same competition; and Year 9 pupil, William, who received a distinction in the University’s Senior Maths Challenge. There were over 1,200 entries to the competition from schools across the UK. All three boys were invited to an awards ceremony in Southampton in June.

UK Junior Maths Challenge Gold

Congratulations to five pupils from Years 7 and 8, who all achieved a gold award in this year’s UK Junior Maths Challenge: Louis in Year 7; and Harry, Amber, Katie and Amelia in Year 8. Amber additionally won through to the junior kangaroo paper to be taken later in June. The challenge consisted of a one hour paper which encouraged mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. There were also six...
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Concerto Winners

Congratulations to four Year 12 musicians who won our annual Concerto Auditions and the opportunity to play the whole of their chosen work in a concert next academic year. Well done to pianist Adam, violinist Gwyneth, saxophonist Luke and french horn player Zoe. The Concerto Auditions – open to students in Years 11 and 12 – took place in the Concert Hall at the end of April and were adjudicated by Professor David Strange, our artistic advisor and former Head...
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British Eventing First for William

Congratulations to Year 8 pupil William who attended the British Eventing Horse Trials in May at Mount Ballan, jumping a double clear over the BE90 track on both of his ponies, Orielton Aquilla and Koora iii, and winning the BE9 open class with Koora. William also finished with the best dressage score in his section, and jumped a double clear inside the time. A very successful day for William!

Athletics County Champs!

Wells athletes performed very well in last weekend’s athletics county championships at Yeovil – our very own ‘Super Saturday’! Congratulations to Year 10 student Jazz, who held on to her county titles in both the 100m and the 200m, with great times. Year 9 pupil Tom also took a double victory, with wins in the boys’ 100m and 200m; whilst Year 9 pupil Matt, just back from injury, won the 3,000m with a fantastic time. Year 7 pupil Blossom came...
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Presentation Prize for Wells Geologists

Congratulations to our team of Year 12 and 13 geologists, who won the Presentation Prize and were runners up in the Geologists’ Association National Schools Geology Challenge, representing the South West region at the prestigious national competition. The students’ presentation and poster, entitled ‘Fossils are pretty, but they don’t do much do they?’, was named top presentation, but they were narrowly beaten following the quiz round. Well done to Bethany, Emily, Alex, Ella, Phoebe and Ben.

Two Moors Festival Winner!

Congratulations to talented Year 12 oboist, Poppy, one of the four winners at this year’s prestigious Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Platform. Poppy wins a significant cash prize and the opportunity to play at a renowned concert in October at St Andrew’s Church in Ashburton.

Outdoor Adventures in Bude

Pupils in Year 8 enjoyed a long weekend at the Outdoor Adventure Centre in Bude over the exeat weekend, where they took part in abseiling, kayaking, coasteering and surfing activities in the Cornish surf!

Regional Hockey Selections

Congratulations to Pip, Olivia, James and Megan, who have been selected to represent the region at hockey, as part of the Junior Regional Performance Centre, in their appropriate age categories. The students, who have all played in tournaments where they represented Somerset, have been selected for the prestigious training academies held at Exeter University and Clifton College throughout June, July and August, and will play in tournaments for the region in the autumn. The region chooses players from across the...
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Mid Somerset Festival Awards

Wells musicians performed extremely well again at this year’s elite Mid Somerset Festival in Bath, winning a large number of categories across a range of musical disciplines; as well as coming away with a clutch of the major awards for best musician. Adam won the Piano Shop Bath Salver for most outstanding pianist in the senior category; whilst Bridget won the Western Daily Press Challenge Trophy for most outstanding pianist in the junior category. Cellist Ian won the Premier Award;...
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BBC Proms Inspire Composers Band

Congratulations to Year 12 composer Lindsay who was selected to take part in the BBC Proms Inspire Composers band this week. As one of a small group of young women composer/performers she worked with critically acclaimed composer and electronics producer, Anna Meredith, to create a short collaborative piece for International Women’s Day on 8th March. Lindsay attended a series of workshops, held at the BBC Maida Vale Studios in February and March. The band rehearsed together at the Royal College...
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Choir Schools Association Football and Netball Tournament

Last week, Wells hosted the annual Choir Schools Association football and netball tournament for ten other choir schools, including teams from Dean Close Prep School, King’s Worcester, Bristol Cathedral School, St John’s College Cardiff, Llandaff Cathedral School and The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester. The Wells football team, coached by keen sportsman and chorister parent Adam Cox, challenged hard; whilst the Wells netball team, coached by chorister parent Jo Perring, came runners up in the netball tournament. Salisbury Cathedral School won both...
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Wells Virtuosi Tour

The Wells Virtuosi took our world-leading music to Cheltenham in aid of The Mayor’s Charities at the start of March, with works by Elgar, Finzi, Holst, Suk and Dvorak. The concert took place in the celebrated Pitville Pump Room in Cheltenham, and was the first stop on a short musical tour, which also included a performance at the beautiful St John’s Church in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.

Taunton Junior Young Musician

Congratulations to Year 6 specialist musician Poppy who was awarded the title of Taunton Junior Young Musician for her violin performance at the recent festival, receiving a significant financial award and a large trophy. Poppy was also awarded the Westlake Cup for achieving the highest marks at the festival, which included her entries in both the Strings and the Woodwind categories. As further strings to her bow, Poppy has also been selected for the fifth consecutive year for the prestigious...
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Diamond Fund for Choristers

Congratulations to head girl chorister Astrid, who has been selected to join choristers from across the UK to sing at the prestigious Diamond Fund Concert in St Paul’s Cathedral on 27th April. The concert provides a unique opportunity to bring together, for the first time, choristers from some 60 of the nation’s cathedrals and colleges, marking the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of Cathedral Music and the launch of the Diamond Fund for Choristers. FCM provides grants from members’ subscriptions...
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National Children’s Orchestra Percussionists

Congratulations to Year 4 percussionist Isabelle, who, at only eight years old, is the youngest Wells pupil ever to have been selected for the elite National Children’s Orchestra. The NCO is Great Britain’s premier symphony orchestra for children, providing young people with a world-class foundation for orchestral performance and musicianship. Hundreds of 7-13 year olds from across the country are brought together, meeting like-minded young musicians and being guided by top professional musicians. As well as creating a safe, stimulating...
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Old Wellensians at the RCM

Head of percussion, Jayne Obradovic joined Old Wellensians at a private reception to celebrate the opening of the new percussion suite at the Royal College of Music, alongside guests Dame Evelyn Glennie, Sir Robert Winston and the Principal percussionists of the top international orchestras. Old Wellensian Kizzy Brooks led the soloists in a performance.
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