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Senior Swimmers Race At Bath Cup

On Friday 11th March, the Wells Cathedral School senior swim squad travelled up to London Olympic Park in order to compete in the Bath Cup, a prestigious competition that attracts many of the United Kingdom’s best independent school swim teams. Lara Keirle (Lower Sixth), Tamsin Howard (Lower Sixth), Xanthe Knott (Year 11), Maddie Wilkins (Lower Sixth), Mia Coakes Santamaria (Lower Sixth), Emily Trotman (Lower Sixth), Ethan Wright (Upper Sixth), Devon Mycock (Lower Sixth), Sebastien Barley (Lower Sixth) and Reuben Ashton (Year...
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CCF Fieldcraft Weekend

Twenty-four of our School CCF cadets from Years 10, 11 and Upper Sixth have had an enriching fieldcraft weekend on the Mendip Hills.The cadets practiced occupying and maintaining a harbour area, living in the field, section and platoon attacks, patrol skills, break contact drills and fire drills as well as conducting a night ambush against a rather enthusiastic enemy who resembled a certain Head of History (he lost the firefight). They were met with some testing conditions under their bashas with...
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Boarders Enjoy Lent Term Exeat Weekend

Sixty of our boarding pupils enjoyed a weekend away in Devon at the Manor and Ashbury Hotels for our Lent Term Exeat.Pupils from Years 7 to Upper Sixth swapped our boarding houses for hotels over the Exeat weekend on a full-board trip of food and fun. A huge variety of activities were on offer, including bowling, snooker, pool, spa, swimming, archery, roller skating, golf, a sports simulator and arts and crafts. There was something for everyone to enjoy.The School extends...
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England Hockey Cup Quarter Final

Our First XI Boys Hockey team travelled to Oxford this week to play in the Quarter Final of the England Hockey Cup against Magdalen College School. Despite the awful weather the team were in good spirits as they looked to progress to the next stage of the competition. The boys put their hearts and souls into their performance, but unfortunately the opposition came out on top, claiming a 3-0 victory. Our side were gracious in defeat, acknowledging the talent of...
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Eddie the Penguin Pre-Prep Production

The children of Pre-Prep worked together to make a wonderful production called Eddie the Penguin Saves the World! The play is about a penguin named Eddie who realises that the ice is melting because the world is getting warmer, so he and his family travel across the globe teaching the humans a variety of lessons to help them protect the planet. They meet polar bears, lumberjacks, school children, the Australian Prime Minister, a DJ, and more. It’s quite the adventure!After...
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Head of History is Appointed Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Chris Eldridge, Head of History at Wells Cathedral School, has been made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS) in recognition of the unique work he and his team have been doing in promoting the study of medieval history in the Sixth Form at Wells. He is thrilled to have been made a Fellow, especially as it is normally university level academics who receive the recognition.“When I first arrived in Wells I was captivated by our 10th century origins...
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CHATS Talk With Randall Wright

On the evening of Thursday 10th March, our Art pupils attended a CHATS talk with award-winning filmmaker Randall Wright and gained a valuable insight into filming and interviewing world renowned artists such as David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Maggie Hambling. Randall, who has created numerous documentaries for the BBC, gave a highly informative and thought-provoking talk that certainly inspired some of our own budding filmmakers and young artists here at Wells. The next talk in the CHATS series is CHAT...
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Life of Pi Drama Trip

51 A level and GCSE Drama pupils travelled to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre yesterday to see the stage production of Life of Pi adapted beautifully by Lolita Chakrabarti and based on Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel. Pupils were mesmerised by the exquisitely designed large-scale puppets, especially Richard Parker the breathtaking Bengal tiger, as well as the vividly drawn characters and dazzling visual effects. It was truly a magical and life-affirming experience that has given them plenty to write about in...
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Little Wellies Go Dotty

Our Little Wellies have been really busy this term having been inspired by Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist who covers everything in dots. A super practitioner launched this creative “dotty wotty doo dah” initiative after observing the nursery children having so much fun making dots with their bingo dabbers. They encouraged the children to be creative, work together, learn about a new culture and take dots to a whole new level. From dotty cakes with smarties on top to making all...
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Netball County Cup Tournament

Congratulations to our 1st VII and U15A Netball teams on a successful campaign in the County Cup Tournament.The 1st VII made it through to the semi-finals, narrowly missing out on a place in the final after a 7-5 loss. Taking on King’s Bruton in the third/fourth place play-offs, a tight game ended 6-5 with our side finishing the competition in fourth place.The U15A’s also made it through to the play-offs against King’s Bruton, competing for fifth/sixth place. A patient performance...
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Senior Chorister Concert

The School’s Senior Choristers performed at their annual instrumental concert in Quilter Hall on Tuesday evening.Although the Choristers are always performing using their voices, this concert offers them a unique opportunity to show off their skills on their instruments of choice as well. The audience were treated to pieces played on a range of instruments, including piano, saxophone, cello, violin and viola.Thank you to the Choristers for providing such a very special evening!

International Women’s Day Music and Talks

In celebration of International Women’s Day, our pupils put on a fascinating evening of music and talks. The construction of the programme and even the idea itself was entirely pupil driven; together the pupils matched their talks on ideas worth sharing with music that resonates. The evening started with a rousing March of the Women performed by Choralia, followed by music interspersed with talks. The audience enjoyed hearing about the Tiananmen Square incident, the fate of our universe and whether...
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Somerset Badminton Association Tournament

The School hosted a Badminton tournament on behalf of the Somerset Badminton Association, with ten of our pupils selected to play.Year 10 pupil Morris Chan won the U15 group, beating fellow Year 10 pupil Kingston Leung 21-8. The duo then teamed up to beat all other pairs in the group 2 doubles. Well done, Morris and Kingston! Thank you to both Adam Feather and Jane Lipton for running the tournament.

Richard Jacques Revisits Wells

On Monday 28th February, pupils were treated to a visit from Old Wellensian and internationally renowned composer Richard Jacques. Richard, a BAFTA and Ivor Novello-nominated composer, spent the afternoon conducting one-to-one sessions and giving talks to our A level tech pupils and music specialists. Pupils found out about Richard’s career, from his first job offer at SEGA through to his recent work on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy video game. They were able to take part in a Q&A to...
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World Book Day

Yesterday, for World Book Day, our pupils had a wonderful time celebrating a love of reading across the School through activities ranging from decorating classroom doors and book tasting in the ‘reading restaurant’ to dressing up as favourite characters. Even staff joined in with much of the Junior School being taught by pirates for the day!

Exhibition of Work by Local Artist Shelley Dyer Gibbins

As part of the School’s ongoing programme of developing links and working relationships with practising artists (whether local, national or international), this week we are pleased to exhibit work by local artist, Shelley Dyer Gibbins, in the John Baxter Foyer in Cedars Hall. The work will be on display until the end of March and although access to the exhibition is only available to the public immediately before and during each public concert or event, we hope that everyone enjoys...
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National Schools Geology Challenge Finalists

We’re thrilled the team of Harriet Carlill, Marco Yu, Hermione Christey-Clover and Louis Cronin have qualified as one of the top ten teams in the National Schools Geology Challenge final.The National Schools Geology Challenge is an annual competition in which pupils showcase their interest in Geology, learn more about the way Geoscience impacts our lives and put teamwork and presentation skills to the test.The 2022 Wells Cathedral School entry in the national qualification round was a five minute long video entitled...
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Matilda Cast See Stage Show

The Wells Cathedral School Matilda cast visited The Cambridge Theatre to see The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical in London’s West End ahead of the School production later this month, which features pupils in Years 7-9. The cast were inspired by the sight of their roles on the big stage on this aspirational trip and will be able to add a new dynamic to their performances after this enriching experience.A limited number of tickets are remaining for the School production; click...
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Shrove Tuesday Chorister Race

The Wells Cathedral Choristers celebrated a longstanding tradition this week – the Shrove Tuesday pancake race.With frying pans in hand, pupils raced in groups along Vicars Row to test their fastest flipping skills. This was followed by a winner’s race to crown the quickest Chorister before gathering for a group photo. A joyous occasion for everyone, lots of fun and laughter was shared as this grand tradition was revived for another year.Well done to all of our Choristers on their...
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Wells Cathedral School welcomes publication of IICSA Report

Wells Cathedral School has today welcomed the publication of a report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), focusing on residential schools and with a particular focus on specialist music schools and boarding schools.Representatives of all of England’s specialist music schools were asked to give evidence to the inquiry. Wells Head Master Alastair Tighe and former Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Helen Bennett both spoke about historical cases at the School, as well as current safeguarding systems and procedures.Head...
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Year 10 Pupils Attend Oxford Open Day

Ten of our Year 10 pupils made the journey to Oxford on Monday for an Open Day hosted by Lady Margaret Hall, accompanied by Mr. Murdoch and Mr. O’Sullivan.After a brief coach tour around the city during which Mr. O’Sullivan talked a bit too much about all the places featured in Philip Pullman’s books, they arrived at the college and met their 3rd Year English undergraduate guide, Casey. She walked them around all the main areas of the college –...
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Netball Selections

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil Madison Lewis (right) and our current gap year Sports Assistant Flora Collier (left) for their selections into the Celtic Dragons U19 NPL squad. Flora has also been selected into the Welsh U21 Regional Academy which makes her eligible for U21 international selection. This is a huge credit to both girls’ hard work, effort and dedication. Well done, we can’t wait to see you play!

Snowdrop Festival Photography Commendation

Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Oliver Stankiewicz on receiving a Highly Commended certificate for his entry in the 12-17 category of the annual Snowdrop Festival Photography competition. The entries were judged by renowned nature photographer Carol Sharp. Oliver’s entry presented a very imaginative interpretation of this year’s brief to capture the message of reawakening of nature and excitement that snowdrops bring. View Oliver’s piece, The Photographer, below.Well done, Oliver!

David Hinitt Visit

The Wells Cathedral Choir and A level Music Technology pupils were fortunate to have an opportunity to spend time with leading classical recording engineer, David Hinitt, last week. David spent three days recording an album with the Wells Cathedral Choir; in between recording sessions he also gave A level pupils an insight into the impressive microphone setup and recording process and shared advice on how to get the most from musicians during recording projects. It was an enriching experience for...
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Local Business Volunteers Join Lower Sixth For Employment Skills Enrichment Event

On the final Friday of the Epiphany term, the Lower Sixth spent an engaging afternoon with a host of business volunteers as part of an employment skills enrichment event.Members of the local business community visited the School to act as ‘real’ interviewers, giving the pupils an opportunity to be totally immersed in the interview experience. This follows on from an earlier session pupils had attended, in which they were given a presentation on how to be powerful in the interview...
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Pre-Prep Raise Money for WWF

Our Pre-Prep came into School on Friday in some amazing fancy dress outfits in aid of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). With the £72.05 they raised, they are going to adopt an animal. You looked amazing, Pre-Prep, and we are sure you’re going to love receiving updates about your adopted animal!

Art Pupils Enjoy Visit by Tim Marlow

On Tuesday 8th February, Art pupils were excited to see Tim Marlow, speak about ‘working with artists’, as part of the CHATS series, at Cedars Hall. Tim (art historian, writer and broadcaster), who is currently Director of the Design Museum in London and formerly Director of Exhibitions at White Cube in London, both entertained and informed in equal measure. Pupils gained rare insights into the inner workings of some of the World’s most innovative exhibitions and what it’s like to...
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Annual Inter-House Public Speaking Competition Results

The much anticipated annual Inter-House Public Speaking Competition was held in Cedars Hall, proving to be as energetic and competitive as ever with seven Houses represented. Each House consisted of a speaker, a chairperson and a questioner. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by a good sized audience in the Eavis Auditorium and was live-streamed to all pupils and Houses to allow for everyone to watch the event from the comfort of their rooms and lounges. The competitors were totally independent in...
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Bibi Redford Wins Portman Cup

Congratulations to pianist Bibi Redford (Year 11) for receiving the Portman Cup in the “16 and under class” following her moving performance of Debussy’s La plus que lente at the Taunton Festival of the Arts. Well done, Bibi!

Old Wellensian Reunion

Our annual Old Wellensian Reunion was held at the RAF Club in London with a dinner reception and a three-course meal. Open to all Old Wellensians, it was a special five-year reunion for our 2016 and 2017 leavers in particular.Nearly one hundred OWs attended the event. They were joined by former and present members of staff including the Head Master Alastair Tighe, Jack Coward, Ken Padgett, Jeremy Boot, Alwyn Gillen and Andy Kemp. It was a particular pleasure to catch...
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Hockey Win For First XI

Congratulations to our 1st XI Boys Hockey Team who are through to Round 4 of the England Hockey Cup after winning against Marlborough College on penalty strokes during the Round 3 decider following an exciting 5-5 draw at full time.We wish them luck as they go on to play Blundell’s School after half term!

Wells Young Musicians String Orchestra (WYMSO) Returns!

We’re thrilled to be relaunching our Wells Young Musicians String Orchestra (WYMSO), a free string group for players aged 6-13 (Grades 1-5), run by Clare Rowntree, Head of Music at Wells Cathedral Junior School.The group meets on Saturdays from 10.00am – 11.00am at the Wells Cathedral Music School on St Andrews Street (across from Wells Cathedral, near Wells Museum). If your child is interested in joining, please fill out the application form here.For further information, please click here.

Junior School Artist Visits

Our Junior School pupils have been very busy improving their artistic technique with the help of some external visitors.Mary-Ann Wills, a local artist and teacher, joined the Junior School art enrichment group to show them different techniques based on Jasper Johns’ Number paintings. After an interesting demonstration, the children had a go at applying the techniques themselves. The results were fantastic! Click here to view Mary-Ann Wills’ work.Kath Hadden, an artist from Exeter, spent time with Year 3, teaching them...
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Cole Performs Platinum Jubilee Fanfare

We are very proud of Year 7 pupil Cole Craggs for his trumpet fanfares at tree-planting ceremonies in Sandford and Winscombe in honour of the Queen’s Green Canopy project for the Platinum Jubilee. Cole’s fanfares added a sense of occasion to each ceremony where he performed with such poise and confidence that he was featured on BBC Points West later in the evening.Organiser Rosemary Mann said, “He really did us proud at both of the tree-plantings today”, adding that “he was...
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Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at Wells Cathedral School

Wells Cathedral School has celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne with a thanksgiving service and tree planting ceremony.At 9am on Monday 7th February, staff and pupils gathered in Wells Cathedral for a special service of thanksgiving, which incorporated words, prayers and music. The Dean of Wells gave an engaging address highlighting the Queen’s long, dedicated service to the nation, the Junior School Choir gave a beautiful rendition of an anthem by John Rutter, and the...
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CCF Enjoy Trip to Redpoint Climbing Wall

Our CCF enjoyed their second trip to Redpoint Climbing Wall this term with Lt. Padgett and Major Elks in tow. Next term, they will be caving, exploring the underground world of the Mendips. The adventurous training opportunities in the CCF continue to grow. We are glad to see the pupils enjoying their adventures!

EDF Workshop

“Year 9 were fortunate enough to be given a talk from Clair, who works for EDF; she discussed the different energies used to create electricity and the negative and positive effects. Furthermore, she talked about what energy supplies are used more and why. For example, we learnt that solar energy was very efficient, although less practical during the winter months. Later on, we learnt about wind turbines and how the quicker they travel the more electricity they produce. This led...
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Platinum Pudding Entry by Josie

We would like to wish Josie Prestidge (Year 7) good luck with her entry for the Fortnum and Mason Platinum Pudding Competition. Her recipe has a very interesting twist on a brownie and sounds delicious! Here are Josie’s thoughts on how she developed her idea:‘A version of this recipe was created for my parents’ coffee shop in Bath, and was extremely popular. I have added brewed coffee to the mix, which brings out the flavour of the chocolate, while also...
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Blue Peter Music Badge for Henry

Congratulations to Henry (Year 4) who received a Blue Peter Music Badge (designed by Ed Sheeran) after he demonstrated what music meant to him by sharing his experiences playing in our percussion ensemble and orchestra and sending a video of himself playing the drums. Well done, Henry!

Hockey Successes

We have had a fantastic start to the boys’ hockey season, which has seen numerous team and individual successes. The boys 1st XI are showing that they are clearly a very competitive side on the circuit in which they play and are currently in round 3 of the England Hockey cup where they will play Marlborough College on Tuesday. In the first two rounds they have convincingly beaten Clayesmore 8-2 and Bryanston 10-3. The senior boys are currently playing an...
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A Question of Taste Workshop at We The Curious

The Upper Sixth Biologists had a fabulous day in the laboratory at the We The Curious science centre in Bristol using one of the most revolutionary biochemical technologies – the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) – to explore an unusual human trait. They used DNA extraction, PCR techniques and gel electrophoresis to determine their own genotype in relation to the bitter-tasting chemical PTC (phenylthiocarbamide). The possible evolutionary significance of this characteristic was then discussed, along with the broader social, medical and...
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Musicians Perform at our Annual Promenade Concerts

Last week, our Musicians performed brilliantly in the magnificent Wells Cathedral for three Promenade Concerts: Brass and Percussion, Woodwind and Strings, and Early Music.The Brass and Percussion Promenade was dedicated to Paul Denegri as a celebration of his thirty years service to Wells Cathedral School, and everyone was delighted that Paul was able to join us for the concert. The Woodwind and Strings Promenade illustrated a wonderful collaboration between departments with beautiful pieces, which include works by Bridge, Debussy and...
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Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year of the Tiger!

Our Senior School has been celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Tiger with a range of activities, including a special Cathedral Assembly on Monday led by Ms Bird and some of our international pupils to celebrate the nationality diversity of our pupils, a Chinese New Year concert on Saturday, a selection of pieces in Tuesday’s Going Solo Concert, and creating Chinese decoration art projects in tutor time that have been subsequently displayed around the School.The Cantonese speaking A Level...
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Belinda and Freya Receive Shepton Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition Awards

Congratulations to Belinda (Year 6) who won the U11 category of the Shepton Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition with her poem ‘The Willow Tree’ and to Freya (Year 6) whose poem ‘Winter Walk’ has been awarded ‘Highly Commended’.The Shepton Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition is an annual, international competition, where poets, young and old are encouraged to pen a poem based on a given theme. This year’s theme ‘Hope in Nature’ focused on the power of nature, its reawakening, and the hope...
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Christmas Photography Competition Winners

Congratulations to Brooke Rackstraw (Year 9), James Durham (Year 11) and Marco Yu (Upper Sixth) who are the winners for their respective age category in our Christmas Photography Competition, which was judged by our Creative Captains. Our Senior School pupils were invited to respond to Antony Gormly’s “Doubt” through the medium of Photography over the Christmas holiday. Pupils were encouraged to consider the concepts of “distinct “and “standing out” in their own individual way. Please see below for the descriptions...
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Side-by Side Performance with RCM

Wells brass and percussion pupils enjoyed an inspiring day of side-by-side rehearsing and performing with students from the Royal College of Music (RCM), including a Q&A session about life as a student of the RCM. Thanks to Nigel Black (RCM Head of Brass), David Hockings (RCM Head of Percussion) and all the RCM students for taking the time to travel to Wells and perform such an inspirational and exciting programme! David Hockings wrote, “Just to say a huge thank you...
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Year 8 Pupils Investigate Wells Art

As busy as we are in our daily lives, we can, all too often, overlook many aspects of the environments in which we live, learn and work, no matter how spectacular or significant. On Monday 17th January, Year 8 pupils were given the opportunity to reflect upon and discover far more about two places they frequently visit: Wells Cathedral and The Bishop’s Palace. With the recent installation of Anthony Gormley’s sculpture ‘Doubt’ on the West Front of the Cathedral, Wells...
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Boarders Enjoy Fun-Packed Exeat at Okehampton!

Fifty-two boarders spent a fun-packed weekend in Okehampton at the Ashbury and Manor House Hotel in Devon. Comfortable accommodation was definitely appreciated alongside the wealth of indoor and outdoor activities available at the hotel and in the extensive grounds.Pupils had plenty of choice and enjoyed some of their favourite sports, such as badminton, tennis, snooker and table tennis. A total of four swimming pools were accessible across the split site and included flumes, saunas, steam rooms and a hydrospa for...
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A Brilliant Start to the Netball Season

Our netball season has started brilliantly! Our U12 and U14 teams in particular have had a great first few sets of results and are showing some raw sporting talent on the netball court. Two year groups to watch for sure! Our U13 team came third at their recent Millfield tournament and progressed brilliantly through the day.All age groups are working hard on their team and individual skills in lessons, with a focus on attacking skills and possession across all teams....
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Lola Wins First Place in the Rotary Avon Young Musician Competition

Congratulations to both Clarinet Specialist Lola Frisby Williams (Lower Sixth) who won first place and Oboe Specialist Harold Lee (Year 11) who won third in the Bristol Finals of the Rotary Young Musician Competition last Friday.Chris Neild, Rotary Avon Young Musician Award, wrote to Lola, “Sincerest congratulations on achieving first place in, and for making such a wonderful contribution to the Finals of the Young Musician competition last Friday. Your marvellous performance, full of real musicianship, was hugely appreciated by...
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New Sensory Room for our Junior School

During the Christmas holidays, our Learning Support Department started equipping our new ELSA/Sensory room in the Junior School, which was kindly funded by the Parents’ Association. The room will have a range of uses but will be primarily used by the School’s fully trained ELSA’s (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) to deliver individualised support programmes to meet the emotional needs of the children in their care. We’d also like to thank Mrs Kinnersley for donating a large teddy, which is already...
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Challenge Quiz Team Places Second

Our School’s Challenge Quiz Team, consisting of Lola Frisby Williams (Lower Sixth), Alexei James-Cudworth (Lower Sixth), Emily Williams (Year 9) and En Xuan Tan (Year 7), travelled to Exeter School to participate in the South-West round of this year’s competition.The competition is in the format of University Challenge, and, playing three rounds of 12 minutes, Wells Cathedral School got off to a storming start, beating Kings Taunton convincingly with a lead of over 100 points. Subsequent games against Mount Kelly...
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A Level Geologists Inspired by OW Visit

Tom Penhall (Old Wellensian, 2015) returned to Wells to speak to Sixth Form geologists about his degree in geology at Aberdeen University and his career so far. Since graduating, he has worked as a mining geologist in the Peak District and is currently designing and constructing part of the HS2 tunnel with the engineering company Costain in London. It was great to hear of Tom’s success and for him to help inspire the next generation of Wellensian geologists!

GCSE and A Level Artists Meet With Richard Long

On Thursday 13th January, many of our GCSE and A level Art pupils seized a fantastic and rare opportunity to listen to and afterwards, meet, the world renowned artist Richard Long. Richard was in conversation with writer and art critic Hettie Judah, at Cedars Hall, as part of the enlightening CHATS series of talks. Pupils were fascinated not only to hear about the artwork itself but the extraordinary adventures the artist has had around the globe, within the frequently isolated...
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Year 9’s Enjoy Camp Craft

This week, Year 9 pupils joined Mr Elks for some adventurous camp craft as part of our exciting 909 programme, which is compulsory for all non-Specialist Musicians (though they are welcome to join if they want to) in which Year 9 pupils participate in five activities over the year: camp craft, navigation, first aid, expedition cooking and either archery, climbing or shooting. We are glad to see they had such a fun time!

Latest Sierra Leone Projects are Nearly Complete

Since 2009, we have had an annual trip to Freetown in Sierra Leone, partnering with two local schools in the capital: The Ballanta Academy of Music and Performing Arts (the only music academy in the country) and the JT Reffell Memorial French Friendship School.During this time, we have forged a very close relationship and have supported many projects over there, including a scholarship programme for pupils to attend the Academy and develop their musical talents, as well as financial help...
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Woody Features on BBC Somerset

Last night, Woody Collins, Year 9, featured on BBC Somerset Radio during the ‘Big Band Quiz’ with Luke Knight from 7-9pm. He was interviewed and his new song ‘Memories‘ was played. Well done, Woody!

Tom Plays Rugby for Bath

It has been fantastic to see our 1st XV Captain, Tom Hill (Upper Sixth) starting in the front row for Bath U18s Academy League! Congratulations to Tom and the Bath team for their win this past Saturday at Marlborough against Exeter Chiefs.

Hetta Reaches The Pilton Stage Finals 2022

Congratulations to Hetta Falzon (Upper Sixth) who won heat 2 of The Pilton Stage 2022 competition on New Year’s Day, putting her through to the final. Hetta’s heat was hotly contested with some very experienced artists presenting their original music.This worldwide competition, run by Michael Eavis, finds talented original artists to perform at the Glastonbury Festival and was open to unsigned artists of any age, attracting hundreds of applications.In the final in March, Hetta will compete on Pilton Stage against...
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Florrie and Team Won the Young People Panel’s Presentation

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pupil, Florrie Hutchison, who after working with Wessex Water Young People’s Panel, has won with her team! As part of the final project they had to present to the Financial Director and the CEO of Wessex Water as well as the CEO of Nuffield. Well done!You can read about the Young People’s Panel here and find out how to get involved.

Zoolab Visit

The children in Pre-Prep and Year 3 had a fantastic visit from Zoolab. They met a whole host of animals that may live in hot places, such as the rainforest, including Phillipe the hissing cockroach and Dolly the python.For Years 1 to 3, this will lead nicely into a range of Geography and Science topics that the children will be carrying out, and for the children in the Foundation Stage this will no doubt inspire a whole host of learning...
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A Christmas Carol

Following the past triumphs of Les Misérables, The Crucible, Beauty and the Beast, Private Peaceful and Grease and the recent film of Our Country’s Good, Wells Cathedral School made a live drama return to Cedars Hall this week to tell a new stage version of Dickens’ compelling tale of love, loss and redemption: A Christmas Carol. Featuring a live score of Christmas favourites composed and adapted by pupils, giant puppets and an ensemble cast, this festive classic played to rapt...
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Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Well done to our 13 pupils who finished in the top 10% of the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, which qualified them to take part in The Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC), enabling them to develop their skills further and produce programmed solutions to computational thinking problems. Our Gold Certificate Recipients who have qualified are: Thomas Parkman, Year 8 Lucille Raynal, Year 8 Harrison Williams, Year 9 Alfie Carey, Year 9 Eleanor Atkins, Year 9 Rosie Wells, Year 9 Alex Morris, Year 9 Joshua Knott, Year 9 Hugo Paton-Freeman, Year 9 Freddie...
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Mila is Runner up in Young Chorister of the Year

We’re thrilled that Wells Cathedral School pupil Mila Tsoneva (Year 10) has finished second in the hugely prestigious BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition.For the second year running, Songs of Praise and Radio 2 joined together to celebrate the contribution made by young people to choirs and music groups across the UK and find the BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2021.In an immensely high quality competition, Mila was awarded second place by the distinguished panel of judges.A former...
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Celebrating Partnerships

We are delighted that Wells Cathedral School has been included in the Independent Schools Council’s “Celebrating Partnerships” publication, which highlights the important work that independent schools do in collaboration with state schools. Out of the hundreds of independent schools who are undertaking partnership work, Wells was one of just 45 schools to be featured in this publication. We were celebrated in particular for our primary school hockey and rugby events, which have seen hundreds of local children visit Wells to receive expert coaching from our staff and...
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Wells wins prestigious national cricketing award

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Wells Cathedral School has been chosen as the national winners of the enormously prestigious Forty Club Award. The Forty Club aims to inspire people of all ages to love cricket, and each year arranges more than 150 fixtures against independent schools, giving schoolchildren the chance to play against experienced players. At the end of each season, the club then selects a school to receive an award for the best fixture of the year. Criteria include...
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Oxbridge Preparation Day

On Friday 19th November, Wells co-hosted with Millfield an Oxbridge Preparation Day for 74 pupils from a range of local Sixth Forms, including five local state schools.Pupils worked in groups to solve a wide range of subject specific problems. The highlight of the day was when pupils had the opportunity to work together and discuss their ideas – there was a real buzz in the room!The event formed part of the School’s extensive scheme preparing pupils for Oxbridge applications, which has included...
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New Director of Music

The Governors and Head Master of Wells Cathedral School are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Alex Laing as the new Director of Music.The role attracted a very large field of applications, and Alex was part of an extremely strong short list of candidates who were considered for the post. Alex impressed throughout a rigorous process which was overseen by external consultants Jeff Sharkey (Principal of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and formerly Director of Music at the Purcell School)...
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Malcolm Arnold Centenary Celebrations

Well done to Hetty Christopher, Year 11, for her superb performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasy for Solo Trumpet. It was an honour to be part of the centenary celebrations of this eclectic composer and trumpet player. You can watch Hetty’s performance here.

A Sunny Skern Lodge Residential Trip for our Junior School

Over half term, our Junior School pupils in Years 5 and 6 had the opportunity to go on a residential trip to Skern Lodge in Bideford, Devon where the sun shone on the happy and busy children! The adventure-filled long weekend included high ropes, kayaking, surfing, rafting, obstacle courses, climbing, archery, team building activities, beach walks, campfires and more! In addition, they had the opportunity to meet Steve Price, the first person to swim the Three Channels, and hear about...
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Future Talent Worsely Award Winner

Cole Craggs, Year 7, was awarded the 2021 Future Talent Worsely Award, worth £3000 and three years on the Future Talent development programme, which aims to build confidence, develop personal skills and enhance musical experience. Cole, along with the other finalists, performed at an audition in London in September. This win follows on from his 2020 Future Talent Robinson Award of £1000 and a year on the programme.As a participant on the programme, Cole will continue to benefit from a...
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Primary Schools Maths Festival

On Wednesday 3rd November we welcomed 11 teams of Year 6 pupils to Wells Cathedral School for a day packed full of mathematical activities. Pupils produced posters on the topic of ‘Symmetry’ and then took part in a fast paced relay race and puzzle rounds. All pupils threw themselves into the activities and enjoyed the challenge of varied mathematical tasks.At the end of the day, the team from Kilmersdon Church of England VA Primary School was crowned first place winners.The...
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Faraday Engineering Challenge Win

Our Year 8 pupils took part in the Faraday Engineering Challenge, a national, real-world challenge run by the Institute of Engineering. The pupils had to engineer a prototype that would improve the stay for patients at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Both of our team’s designs were centred around the delivery of food to patients using a motorised track system on the ceiling. One of our teams won with a score that places them on the leaderboard. We will watch with...
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Symphony Orchestra Concert: Lights! Camera! Action!

Our Symphony Orchestra had its first concert of the academic year ‘Lights! Camera! Action!’ with performances on both Wednesday and Thursday. They gave beautiful performances of a variety of scores from the movies, including Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter, Shark Theme from Jaws and Dance of the Reed Flutes (Mirlitons) from the Nutcracker Suite, amongst others. As well as the ticketed concerts, they performed in a special matinee for local primary schools. Well done to all of our young musicians...
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Art and Photography Trip

On Tuesday, our A level Art and Photography pupils enjoyed a sunny and creative trip to Bristol….Street ArtArt pupils were able to gain a first hand insight into the origins and rise of Street Art in this bustling and creative city, which became part of a truly ‘global movement’. At the end of an inspiring, creative walk through the city centre down to the river, the ‘Vanguard’ exhibition, at Bristol’s MShed, mesmerised pupils (and teachers alike) with fantastic wall to...
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CCF Biennial Inspection

The CCF had its Biennial Inspection this week, which involved Cadets from Years 10, 11 and the Upper Sixth. Brigadier Richard Toomey, Ex-Commanding Officer of 1 Rifles inspected the Contingent and was full of praise for the Cadets he met, especially our Sixth Form Senior NCO’s. Our Navy Cadets completed a Field Gun Run, and our Army Cadets learnt about marksmanship principles, shot air rifles and had contact drills with our laser tag equipment.

Festival of the Moon and the Performance of Noah

As a large and thoroughly entertained congregation listened to Joseph Horovitz and Michael Flander’s more modern interpretation of one the Bible’s oldest stories, the spectacular backdrop of a full moon will remain with everyone that was there for a long time to come!

Mendip League Cross Country

After nearly a two year break, the Mendip League Cross Country made an appearance once again. With over 300 runners taking part, this was a great comeback for some and a first time experience for others. The athletes from our Junior School were a credit to the School and supported each other around a lengthy course. The smiley faces in the photos say it all! Conditions were much more favourable than the previous week when the event was cancelled due...
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BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Year 10 pupil Mila Tsoneva has reached the televised semi-finals of the hugely prestigious BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition.For the second year running Songs of Praise and Radio 2 are joining together to celebrate the contribution made by young people to choirs and music groups across the UK and find the BBC Young Chorister of the Year 2021.Mila is one of just 10 outstanding young singers (five girls and five boys) who...
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Rugby is thriving at Wells

Rugby at Wells was shining brightly on Saturday, despite the wet and windy conditions, with a full block of rugby fixtures of all five age groups: U12s, U13s, U14s, U15s and the First XV.The Year 7s and Year 8s played some fast flowing and expansive rugby on the picturesque setting of Cedars Field, the Year 9s and Year 10s travelled for a tough round of away fixtures, and the First XV – under the outstanding leadership of captain Tom Hill...
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Trip to Barton for our Boarders

Last weekend over exeat, 78 boarders from Year 6 through Upper Sixth had a fun-filled time at Barton Camp in Winscombe. They were kept busy climbing, swimming, playing water polo and competing in an outside obstacle course, amongst other activities! The sun managed to shine all weekend so the views from the top of Crooks Peak were magnificent. The pupils managed to capture over 400 photos of their time away; a few of our favourites are below. Thank you to...
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A High Honour for Shona

We are thrilled that Old Wellensian Shona M’Gadzah, who completed her A levels earlier this year, has been invested as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Cadet for Somerset for the coming year.This hugely prestigious post recognises Shona’s many exceptional qualities, and will see her represent Her Majesty the Queen at official functions in Somerset and beyond.Shona was invested at a special ceremony on 5 October which was also attended by Head Master Alastair Tighe and also Stuart Elks, Head of the...
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Distinction for Nia

Congratulations to Nia Avenell, Year 10, for achieving a Grade 8 distinction for ‘Musical Theatre in Production’ based on her work on Goblin Market with British Youth Music Theatre this summer. We look forward to seeing Nia continue to perform during her time at Wells!

Masterclass with Conductor Chloé van Soeterstède

We were delighted to welcome back acclaimed conductor Chloé van Soeterstède to Wells last Friday for an afternoon on Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, following her triumph with the Symphony Orchestra in last summer’s Symphonic Finale. Chloé worked with Bridget Yee, Brian Choy, Yufei Zhu (Upper Sixth), Defne Anar and Leo Wong (Year 11) in an afternoon conducting masterclass, followed by an open Q&A on her path to conducting and the world of orchestral music making. In the evening, Chloé treated...
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Photography Trip to Lacock Abbey

On Monday 4th October, our Year 10 GCSE artists and photographers, visited Lacock Abbey to gain an insight into the work of William Henry Fox Talbot and visually investigate the magnificent architecture in and around his former residence, now National Trust property, in Wiltshire. The sunny Autumn morning was perfect for pupils to take striking photographs of defined shadows and architectural details as well as looking through the window through which Fox Talbot discovered and created ‘a positive from what...
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Creative risk taking with contemporary artist, Ian Murphy

Year 10 Art pupils (along with four of our Year 11 short stay pupils) had a fantastic day on Tuesday this week, whilst boldly experimenting with a broad range of textural approaches to the observation of the built environment. The whole day Art Workshop with contemporary artist, Ian Murphy, encouraged pupils to take creative risks outside of their usual comfort zone and developed their skills in both drawing and imaginative use of layered grounds. In addition to being able to...
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European Day of Languages Great Bake-Off Challenge

To celebrate our diversity, our pupils and staff took part in the European Day of Languages Great Bake-Off Challenge during Exeat weekend and baked (or cooked!) a variety of tasty treats.The Director of Languages, Ms Desmarchelier-Arpino said, “It was a shame that we could not judge the competition by tasting the dishes this year… they all looked so delicious though, and everyone is a winner! Thank you to our parents, pupils and staff for their support!”Thank you to everyone who sent...
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West End Scholarship for Lily McCarthy

This summer, budding actress Lily McCarthy (Year 9) received a scholarship to train at the West End Stage summer school. The course focused on the main qualities of musical theatre, dancing, singing and acting and culminated in a performance of The Sleeping Beauty. This amazing experience offered her the opportunity to train with current West End actors and watch them perform. Lily even achieved a certificate of distinction at the end of the course! Well done to Lily for this...
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The New MUGA!

Wells Cathedral School is delighted to announce the opening of its latest, brand-new sporting facility – a new MUGA (Multi Use Games Area).Sited at the top of Cedars Field, the MUGA is a 33m x 15m fully enclosed all-weather sports facility. It offers four cricket lanes for bowling and batting practice, alongside a further 15m x 15m open area that can be used for multiple sports activities, including:skills practice for all main sports such as hockey, netball and footballPE activities...
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Kevin is Somerset Badminton Champion

Kevin Luk (Upper Sixth) had a hugely successful weekend at the Somerset Restricted Badminton Championships, where he won the Men’s Singles title, and came runner-up in the Men’s Doubles event.As champion of Somerset, Kevin has now been invited to take part in the English Counties “Champions of Champions” event at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes on Saturday 18 December. This is one of the biggest events in the UK badminton calendar.It’s hugely impressive that at such a young...
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Heads of Schools Conference 2021

Fifty pupils from schools across the South West took part in our annual Heads of School Conference event – our largest turnout since we started this venture back in 2018!The demanding and exciting programme got off to a fast start with a couple of energisers before the pupils engaged in aspects of their role that they will have to contend with in the year ahead, including being visible, managing meetings, safeguarding responsibilities and aspects of leadership.The energy from the pupils...
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Concerto Final Winners 2021

Vivian Kao (Upper Sixth), with her beautiful rendition of Barber’s Violin Concerto, won our recent Concerto Final on Saturday, which took place in front of an external adjudicator and audience. Vivian will perform the Barber with the Symphony Orchestra before the end of the year. In addition, Yufei Zhu (Upper Sixth) was highly commended; she will be offered an opportunity to perform her marimba concerto with a chamber ensemble again at some point this academic year. As part of the...
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A Summer Full of Hockey Success

It has been a particularly busy summer for our Hockey players. Huge congratulations are due to Oskar Edwards (Lower Sixth), who represented England U16s against both Wales and Scotland and contributed to convincing victories in both matches. Oskar now has an U18 trial a year young this month.Ralf Warner and Monty Pratt (both Year 10) represented the West Panthers U14s at the Repton Cup where they made the final in scorching heat. Tilly Matthews and Linsey Mitchell (both Year 9)...
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Outstanding Harp Performance

Well done to Michael Dey (Year 6) who scored a quite amazing 148 out of 150 in his ABRSM Grade 1 Harp Performance exam. This score is incredibly rare, and will be one of the highest scores in the country.

Academic Extension

The Sixth Form Academic Extension group enjoyed their first session this week. They undertook an ‘only problems not solutions’ discussion based on global challenges. The aim was to break down the problem so that they could understand it enough to think about solutions in the future. Critical thinking in action!

Wells Cathedral School Seeks Director of Music

Wells Cathedral School – one of the world’s leading music schools – is today announcing the search for a new Director of Music.Wells is a completely unique school: not only is it the only one of the UK’s five specialist music schools to offer world-class musical education within an all-round school, but it is also one of the world’s oldest cathedral schools, where young choristers benefit from exceptional musical training and all-round education. The School enjoys a global reputation, and...
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Save the Children Walk 2021

On Sunday, over 300 walkers from our School community covered either five or ten miles over the Mendip Hills as part of our annual Save the Children Walk. In addition to raising money for Save the Children, the participants experienced glorious views from the top of Bristol Hill and Ebbor Gorge in the sunshine. The Junior School walkers particularly enjoyed our new stamp collecting adventure challenge en route!We are accepting donations until Friday 5th November: All money raised goes...
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Friday Night Symphony

We were thrilled to see the return of “Friday Night is Symphony Night” last week, with around 50 pupils coming together to give a performance of Haydn’s Symphony no 104 in Quilter Hall. This evening, the pupils will be in Cedars Hall for Mendelssohn’s effervescent Italian Symphony.