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Junior Mathematics Challenge Awards

Congratulations to Year 6 pupil En Xuan Tan, who achieved a Gold Award and was selected to sit the Kangaroo Follow-On paper in this year’s Junior Mathematics Challenge, run by the UK Mathematics Trust. Fellow classmate, Tom Hellier achieved a Silver Award.The Junior Mathematical Challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at pupils across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems. The problems on the Junior Mathematical...
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Wellensian Association Horizons Awards

Congratulations to the following pupils, who have each been awarded £500 by the Wellensian Association towards the cost of their chosen projects:Emilia Candlin (Upper Sixth) – to fund a course at The Orchards School of Cookery in Evesham, Worcs, which has a history of training award-winning cooks.Harry Chantrey (Upper Sixth) – to fund a visit to Iceland to explore its culture and its incredible geographical and geological physical landforms.Maddie Davis (Year 11) – to explore the evolution of wine-making and...
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Food Bank Donations

A big thank you to Lower Sixth pupils Karina Chan and Natalia Gal who delivered food donations to the Wells Vineyard Church Food Bank on Saturday, which they had been collecting as part of their project for Wednesday Afternoon Activities with Nicky Connock this term.Nicky said, “The girls organised the whole process as part of their activities and should be praised for their efforts. The church was incredibly grateful for the donations, explaining that demand is still high and donations...
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TEDEd Talks

On Thursday evening, five members of the Lower Sixth gave a series of individual TEDEd Talks to an audience in Quilter Hall.Pupils put forward a fascinating set of arguments which included a focus on philosophy, science and justice, from ‘64 – the inevitability of liberal democracy’, ‘Immortality, At What Price?’, ‘Why are we Afraid of Death?’, ‘The End of the Universe’, and ‘The 1992 LA Riots’.Congratulations to Harriet Carlill, Eliza Haskins, Belle Li, Amelia McCormack and Max Warner, for their...
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Hetta Reaches Final Three!

Huge congratulations to Lower Sixth singer/songwriter Hetta Falzon, who has been selected for the Final 3 in the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021 competition, for the second successive year! Last year, at just 15 years old, Hetta was runner up of the whole Young Songwriter of the Year Competition 2020, with her song ‘Obsession’.Now in its 11th year, the Young Songwriter 2021 is the leading international songwriting competition for those under 18. This year’s competition attracted over 1,000 entries from...
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Geography trip to Lulworth Cove and Man O’War Bay

On Tuesday 35 pupils studying GCSE Geography, plus teachers Jeremy Boot, David Rowley and Rebecca Murdoch, headed for the Jurassic Coast for a field study day. Durdle Door beach itself was so crowded that the group decided to use Man o’ War Bay instead to measure beach profiles and perform data sampling tasks. Afterwards the group headed for Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole where the evolution of this remarkable stretch of coastline was explained.The group were fortunate to have a...
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Young brass players from 65 Schools across the UK and Europe have taken part in Wells Cathedral School’s free online project Salsa Brass Go!The inclusive project focused around the brass piece ‘Salsabasco’, and musical participants were given access to online content, including 12 bespoke tutorial videos featuring Wells Brass department members, Emily White, Simon de Souza, Andy Cresci and Ross Brown. Backing tracks and 14 different parts for musicians ranging in ability from grade 1 to grade 8 were also...
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Haslemere International String Competition Winner

Congratulations to Year 10 violinist Dawid Kasprzak, who has just won joint First Prize in the Junior Category of the Haslemere International Online String Competition 2021.The Haslemere String Competition was launched in 2017 to give talented young string players a chance to gain significant solo concert exposure. Originally aimed at students living in the counties around London, it has since expanded greatly, and now draws talented youth from across the south and west of the UK.

Egyptian Feast Fit for a Pharaoh!

At the end of the Whitsun term, pupils in Year 4 rounded off their topic on Ancient Egypt with a spectacular Egyptian feast, fit for a pharaoh!Pupils tried lots of new foods that would have been available in Ancient Egypt, with favourite dishes including goat’s cheese, pomegranates, fresh and dried figs, lentils with onion and garlic, and bread dipped in honey.The pupils also made their own canopic jars inspired by their favourite animals, and enjoyed dressing up as Cleopatra and...
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Alfred the Great History Trip

On Monday, Sixth Form pupils studying History enjoyed a day visiting the key local sites associated with Alfred the Great’s campaign against the Vikings of 878, which included Athelney, Alfred’s Tower and the site of the Battle of Edington on Salisbury Plain above Westbury in Wiltshire. A good time was had by all – enlivened by two trips to farm shop cafes! The pupils were accompanied by Head of History, Chris Eldridge, History teacher Sam Broderick and Eva James, our...
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UK National Arena Eventing Championships Podium Finish

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Lola Phillips, who achieved a double clear and finished in second place in the individual honours at the British Riding Club’s National Arena Eventing Finals at the end of May on her horse Spike (officially titled ‘Gortmore Giggidee Goo’) at Aston le Wall Equestrian Centre in Northants.The British Riding Club holds a national championship over the winter months for Arena cross country, which involves riding clubs across the UK. There are 480 Riding Clubs in...
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Nordic International Piano Competition Special Prize

Congratulations to Year 11 pianist Jeremy Sun, who was awarded a Special Prize for the Best Performance of a Nordic Piece in the Junior Talents (15 Years and Under) section of the prestigious Nordic International Piano Competition 2021.Jeremy and Upper Sixth pianist Sejin Yoon in the Young Artists (18 Years and Under) section both reached the Finals in this online competition, which attracted a very high global entry of 193 young pianists.The Nordic Piano Competition, based in Sweden, has been...
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Silver Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expeditions

A large group of Year 11 and Lower Sixth pupils undertook their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Qualifying Expedition over the weekend, whilst a Year 10 group completed their Silver Practice Expedition.The pupils left Wells on Friday morning and spent the weekend hiking and camping on the beautiful Mendip Hills in glorious sunshine before returning to School on Sunday afternoon.The groups enjoyed the first 36 hours in beautiful weather, but awoke in a rain cloud on Sunday morning and had...
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Poetry By Heart Commendation

Congratulations to Year 8 pupil Oscar Lovell-Clark, who has been Highly Commended in this year’s 11+ Category of the Poetry By Heart Competition.Oscar recited two poems in the Classic section of the competition from a list published on the Poetry By Heart website. One poem had to be published before 1914 and one published in or after 1914.Oscar chose two contrasting pieces: The Pobble Who Has No Toes by Edward Lear and Lament of an Arawak Child by Pamela Mordecai.An...
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Bushcraft Adventures

Year 7 pupils enjoyed a great day of Bushcraft activities in the Cotswolds just before the half term break. Severe weather warnings prevented their planned overnight camp, but despite this the group were able to make shelters, light fires and learn about camouflage and concealment in the depths of the woods on the Badminton Estate.

Royal Visit to Wells Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

As part of a joint visit by The Earl and Countess of Wessex to Wells on Monday to coincide with the re-opening of hospitality and tourism and to meet members of the Wells Coronavirus Network Team, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens and Wells Cathedral individually.HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Wells Cathedral to hear about some of the Cathedral’s fabric projects before moving on to the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens. There he met Palace representatives in...
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Young Organists’ Competition Winner

Congratulations to Upper Sixth musician François Cloete who has won the Advanced Class of the School Organists’ Association Young Organists’ Competition, and a financial prize.The inaugural competition has just taken place online and was adjudicated by Professor Stephen Darlington MBE, formerly Organist and Tutor in Music at Christ Church, Oxford. Competitors submitted video files of their performances, although in future years it is intended to be run live.The competition is for young organists aged eighteen and under; the Advanced Class...
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Celebratory Community Bunting

The last year has been challenging for everyone and many villages and towns up and down the country have been using Community Art as a way to help and support each other.The Wells Community Bunting Project has enabled the people of Wells and the surrounding villages to become involved in the local community and support others, by making and hanging 1.5 kilometres of bunting around the city centre.Pupils and staff at Wells have been very involved in the project, with...
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Shona to Play in Billy the Kid

Congratulations to Upper Sixth musician Shona M’gadzah, who has been selected to play tenor saxophone and clarinet in a National Youth Musical Theatre London West End production of Billy the Kid between 25th and 28th August.Shona was also accepted to play in the National Youth Musical Theatre production of The Night the War Ended at the Theatre Royal Margate, but unfortunately the dates clashed with Billy the Kid. 

Woody on BBC Radio Somerset

Year 8 pupil Woody Collins has composed a new song ‘Molecules’ alongside a music video, which will be featured on Luke Knight’s Arts and Culture show this Friday at 7:15 on BBC Somerset Radio. Woody will be the special featured artist on the show.To see Woody’s video and listen to his track, click here: Molecules 

Bridget Awarded First Prize

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pianist Bridget Yee, who has been awarded first prize in the 15-17 age group category in this year’s online Junior Orbetello Piano Competition.The international panel of judges included Leonardo Colafelice, Julianna Kiss, Nati Ballarìn and Giuliano Adorno.

Captain Sir Tom Moore – The Challenge Continues

More pupils have been involved with the inspiring Captain Sir Tom Moore 100 Challenge over the last few days, completing tasks that they’ve set as teams, tutor groups or individuals.Kate Brown’s Year 10 tutor group, completed 100 netball goals in 10 minutes during tutor time on Thursday, a challenge masterminded by Mia Falco; whilst Jayne Obradovic is doing 10,000 steps each day for 100 days, and will be taking out Claver Morris girls for a walk each evening if she...
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EDF Energy STEM Visit

Last Wednesday, a representative from EDF Energy came to talk to Year 9 pupils about the future of energy production. Pupils learnt that EDF is the biggest generator of low-carbon electricity as they use different sources of electricity like wind, nuclear and solar.As part of the session, pupils built wind turbines in teams to try and generate maximum electricity.Sophie Lam, in Year 9 said “We adjusted our turbine to try and make it spin quicker when the wind was going...
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CCF Royal Navy Cadets Take to the Water

Six Wells CCF Royal Navy cadets took to the water at Cheddar Reservoir in the School’s Pico sailing boats on Wednesday and enjoyed a sunny and blustery afternoon learning some sailing basics.Sailing is just one of the exciting Adventurous Training opportunities in the Summer term for CCF cadets.

Faraday Engineering Challenge

Pupils in classes 8L and 8K took part in a 5-lesson Faraday Engineering Challenge last week to design and build a prototype to help Network Rail cope with the increasing number of passengers using their stations and trains throughout May. The team challenge was set by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in combination with Network Rail, judged by an IET judge.The pupils rose to the challenge, quickly realising that teamwork was the key to success. With each team...
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Full Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Following the awarding of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Certificate of Achievement last year during the period of Covid-19 lockdown, the following 16 pupils in Year 10 successfully completed their Silver Practice Expedition on the Mendip Hills last weekend, and have all qualified for their full Bronze Award. They will be receiving their certificate and badge in the post soon.Congratulations to: Peter Baller, Annie Banks, Abigail Beech, Nina Kemp-King, Edward King, Xanthe Knott, Edson Macedo Bird, Campbell Maddox, Emily Morris,...
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Bristol Suspensions Crowned ICCA UK Champions

Congratulations to The Bristol Suspensions, directed by Old Wellensian Robbie Armstrong, who have been crowned UK champions of collegiate a cappella, and now go on to the world finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), in only their seventh year of existence.The Bristol Suspensions are a 17 piece mixed a cappella group from the University of Bristol. Founded in 2014, the group includes Old Wellensians Robbie Armstrong (2017) and Francesca Corr (2019), who were both also Wells...
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Duke of Edinburgh Silver Practice Expedition

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Wells goes from strength to strength, and it is exciting that the inspiring expedition sections are now able to restart as the country opens up again after lockdown.Over the Bank Holiday weekend four groups of Year 10 pupils successfully undertook their Silver Practice Expedition on the Mendip Hills, covering 25km over three days.The groups left School on Friday morning and headed North to Rowberrow Warren, facing rain, wind, hail and plenty of hills,...
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Hetta Through to Final Ten

Huge congratulations to Lower Sixth singer/songwriter Hetta Falzon, who has now been selected for the Final 10 in the Song Academy Young Songwriter 2021 competition, for the second successive year!Hetta has had a busy few days, in addition to this success, Hetta enjoyed performing in her first official paid gig at London’s Wired4Music online Allegro Festival at the weekend, having been selected to perform by the Wired4Music Committee. At 16 years old, Hetta was the youngest performer in the festival...
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Wilamena Helps Raise Thousands for ‘Cornwall Mind’ Charity

Year 10 pupil Wilamena Dyer has produced another report for the BBC following the success of her previous one. The report went out on the BBC on Friday and focused on the charity ‘Cornwall Mind’ and how, as young people transition to adult mental health services, charities like Mind can play a key role.The report also featured an art auction for ‘Cornwall Mind’ which concluded this weekend – this involved Wilamena doing extensive interviews with various artists and celebrities who...
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Captain Sir Tom Moore 100 Challenge!

The School community has embarked on a number of activities in support of the Captain Sir Tom Moore 100 Challenge. The activities so far have been Physical: 1.1 mile walk for Pre-Prep pupils, 100 baskets, 100 tennis balls over the net and walking 10k steps for 100 days; Academic: creating an organic molecule consisting of 100 atoms and conducting 118 science experiments in 20 minutes; and Creative: baking 101 tasty chocolate flapjacks!Thank you to everyone who has already donated to...
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Winner of Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pianist, Sejin Yoon, who has been announced as one of the three winners in the Piano section of the prestigious Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition for 2021.This year the competition was held remotely and attracted a wide international field. The winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 30th April by a distinguished panel of judges: John Wallace CBE, Katherine Bryan, Tasmin Little OBE, Natalie Clein OBE, Joanna MacGregor CBE and Sam Haywood.Winners will receive...
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Over 100 Experiments in 20 Minutes

The Science Department successfully completed the Captain Tom 100 challenge at lunch time on Wednesday: 8 pupils, one outstanding technician, 118 experiments completed.The team set up a circus of 25 and the pupils worked together or in teams to complete as many experiments as they could in 30 minutes.The experiments were all designed to be ‘experiments that you can do in your kitchen’ and ranged from tea bag lanterns to spinning eggs with fire, water and everything else in between....
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Upper Sixth Geologists Visit Vallis Vale

Upper Sixth Geologists visited the De la Beche site at Vallis Vale, a nationally important location to complete their A level fieldwork at the end of April.They have now finalised fieldwork on the Mendips, Bristol Channel Coast, Hartland Quay and Dartmoor despite the restrictions of Covid. They were able to apply the work done in the classroom to new situations and had a valuable opportunity for revision of a number of key topics.

Event on the Lawn Online

This year’s Event on the Lawn, our very own popular annual mini music festival, organised and performed by Wells pupils and showcasing many of our most talented popular and commercial musicians from across the whole School, took place on Saturday evening.With something for everyone, the evening featured six bands, including Midnight Studios and Chasing Chickens, and an eclectic assortment of solo acts – all captured on high quality video and available to view here:  The Event on the Lawn 2021All...
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Lower Sixth Geology Field Trip to Portishead

Last week, Lower Sixth geologists undertook a field trip to Portishead to study the sediments and geological structures as part of their fieldwork and practical portfolio.They made the most of the opportunity to get out in the field for the first time in several months and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Covid protocols were followed and an enjoyable, safe and successful field trip was the result.They are pictured standing on the axis of a fold!

Sam Wedgwood Provides Inspiration

Sixth form pupils studying A level Music Technology were treated to expert feedback on their creative work and inspiring career advice from esteemed media composer and Old Wellensian Sam Wedgwood ( last Thursday. Although now based in Australia, Sam kindly offered his expertise and experience via remote 1:1 sessions, offering a range of creative and technical feedback, to help pupils further develop their music technology skills.

Calligraphy on Vellum

Lower Sixth historians experienced the art of Anglo-Saxon communication last week, attempting calligraphy on vellum (parchment) as part of their course, learning about the history of manuscripts such as the Lindisfarne Gospel, the first great art produced in Britain.In addition to their beauty and the value of their scholarship, Head of History, Chris Eldridge wanted pupils to understand the challenges involved in physically making them – a complete Bible like the Codex Amiatinus needed the skins of 1000 sheep/goats/calves. It...
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Two Moors Festival Winners

The much anticipated Two Moors Festival Competition 2021 took place on Saturday 24th April in Taunton and Wells pupils were two of the five winners of this coveted title, chosen from 41 competitors.Congratulations to Lower Sixth recorder player, Eliza Haskins, and to Year 9 flautist, Lily Owens, both of whom are amongst the winning five.Year 10 trumpeter, Hetty Christopher, was awarded Highly Commended for her performance. The competition adjudicators included previous winners, Josephine Goddard and Joseph Shiner. Joe was a specialist clarinettist...
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The Furstenau Flute Challenge

Saturday marked the final event for the ‘Furstenau Challenge’, a project that was set up by flute teacher Liz Walker to engage Wells pupils with flautists from around the world. The aim was to study the famous Furstenau Op 125 etudes for flute as well as raising money for Help Musicians by performing all 24 pieces in one go!Wells pupils have been studying the whole set of pieces since January with additional early morning classes run by Susie Hodder-Williams.24 eminent...
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National Youth Orchestra 2021

The following Wells musicians have been confirmed as members of the National Youth Orchestra 2021, and will take part in virtual performances:Brass: Luke Lane and Imogen MoorsomPercussion: Stan TalmanStrings: Rocket Brooks, Summer Brooks, Tom Mahoney and Isabelle NettleWoodwind: Emily Moores and Rebecca Pughe.Old Wellensians, from last year’s Upper Sixth cohort include: Alfie Creber, Ella Leonard and Eliza Talman

Dawid Selected for International Menuhin Competition

Congratulations to talented Year 10 violinist Dawid Kasprzak, who was selected to take part in the First Round of the Junior Section of the prestigious Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists.Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983 and nicknamed “The Olympics of the Violin” the competition attracts hundreds of entries from countries across the globe, choosing only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists, under the age of 22, to participate. Held every two...
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Meg to Play at Jelli Records Songwriter Night

Year 10 songwriter Meg Curl has been invited to play at the Jelli Records Singer Songwriter showcase on the 18th May with two other artists, Chris Beauman Jn and Grace Dukes.Jelli Records, a Bristol-based music management company, usually hosts a Songwriter Night at The Bristol Fringe on the last Tuesday of each month. This features three musicians all performing six original songs and talking a little about each one. Since Covid-19, the Songwriter Night has gone online.Meg will be playing...
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Koechlin International Flute Competition

The Koechlin International Flute Competition took place remotely throughout March and April, with competitors from 20 countries submitting recordings of their performances of the celebrated ‘Chants de Nectaire’ to a team of adjudicators.Congratulations to Year 10 flautist Annie Banks who was awarded Third Place in the 18 Years and Under category; Year 9 flautist Diego Jurado Hoshino and Year 12 flautist Amy Cleverley, who were Highly Commended in the 14 Years and Under and the 18 Years and Under categories,...
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British and National Youth Music Theatre Success

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Nia Avenell, who has successfully auditioned for both the British Youth Music Theatre (BYMT) and National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) as a musician for their summer season.Nia has been offered and accepted a place playing viola in the NYMT production of Hunchback of Notre Dame in Manchester Cathedral in performances from 11th to 14th August; and she has also been offered and accepted a place playing violin in the BYMT production of Goblin Market in...
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Competitive Team Sports Back in Action

This weekend it was a joy to see so many Wells pupils out representing the School in sports teams with the full return of competitive fixtures.Matches took place on the beautifully prepared Wells cricket pitches and tennis courts, as well as away at Queen’s College Taunton and Kingswood School in Bath. Thank you to our dedicated ground staff team for their hard work in the run up to the start of the season. The photo shows the First Boys’ Tennis...
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Maths Kangaroo Merits

Congratulations to the following talented mathematicians, who achieved Merits in the recent follow-on Kangaroo round of this year’s Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.Year 9 pupil Luca Ng; and Year 11 pupils Oscar Ho, Jason Kong, Karen Ng, Jeanie Tang and Christine Yang.

Geography Field Trip to Porlock Bay and Minehead

The Geography department ran its first field trip for over a year on Thursday, with Upper Sixth pupils studying beach profiles and coastal management at Porlock Bay. As can be seen from the photo, this is a beautiful stretch of coastline, part of the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate.From there the group, accompanied by Head of Geography and Humanities, Jeremy Boot, and Geography teacher and Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Rebecca Murdoch, travelled to Minehead to study a very different type...
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Two Wells Songwriters reach the Top 30

Huge congratulations to Hetta Falzon in the Lower Sixth and Megan Curl in Year 10, who have both been selected as Top 30 Finalists in this year’s prestigious Young Songwriter of the Year competition for UK and Ireland.Both girls are members of the School’s Popular Music department, and have been selected in the 13-18 category.This is Hetta’s second successive selection for the Top 30 – last year, at just 15 years old, she was runner up of the whole Young...
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Wellensian Association Summer Reunion Weekend

The Wellensian Association plans to host its annual Summer Reunion Weekend from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th June in the beautiful school grounds at Wells.Do join friends and guests on glorious Cedars Lawn and in the Marquee for the summer reunion dinner on Saturday 26th June, tickets cost £20pp and include a welcome drink and three course buffet dinner.There will also be the opportunity for a school tour on Saturday afternoon, and the chance to watch the OWs vs School...
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Lower School Photography Competition

There have been some fantastic entries, bursting with imagination and humour for the Lower School Photography Competition, and judging has been particularly hard.The three winning entries were selected for their excellent composition and meaningful interpretation of the subject.Congratulations to first prize winner, Harry Hellier in Year 8 for Trapped and The Ripple – both reflections on Lockdown.The two runners up are Oliver Stankiewicz in Year 9 for “Oh, the places you’ll go”, and Sam Butler in Year 7 for “Freedom...
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Royal Navy Cadets Chocolate Galleons

In Wednesday’s Afternoon Activities, members of the Royal Navy Section of the Wells CCF in Year 11 were challenged to construct their version of HMS Victory in a chocolate galleon team building competition.Head Master Alastair Tighe, who judged the cadets’ entries, found it extremely difficult to select a winner, but eventually chose the winning team, consisting of Elsie Carter, Sophie Karseras, Ben Mapleston, Oliver Sturgess and Ethan Turnbull.

Junior School Spring Artwork

Pupils in the Junior School have been particularly creative this term, working on a series of artworks during lockdown and on their return to the classroom.Year 4 pupils have been studying the patterns and colours found in water. They used batik to create the basic patterns and dyed the fabric. They then added different textured fabrics and sewed over the top. Examples of their work can be viewed below.Year 5 pupils studied portraits during the latest Lockdown period. Examples of...
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National Youth Orchestra Inspire Course

Congratulations to Year 11 flautist Emily Moores and to Lower Sixth violinist Rocket Brooks who have recently been selected to join the online National Youth Orchestra’s Inspire outreach course, two of just 30 additional new young musicians selected for the Orchestra this year due to the impact of Covid-19.Due to the lack of performances during 2020, the National Youth Orchestra did not conduct main auditions this year, but instead chose to re-enroll from last year’s cohort. They did however invite...
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Chemistry Olympiad 2021 Successes

Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Oscar Purcell-Shirley, who has been awarded a Gold in this year’s UK Chemistry Olympiad, scoring in the top 2 percent of entrants.Oscar is planning to study Chemistry at University, and after receiving successful offers from all five of his applications to Russell Group Universities, he is hoping to continue with his studies at Imperial College London.Four other Upper Sixth pupils obtained Silver Awards: Wayne Chen, Serena Chung, Hector Gummer and Amelia Watson. Oisin Moriarty, in...
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Geological Society of London: National Schools Challenge

The Wells Geology team once again progressed to the National Final of the Geological Society of London’s National Schools Challenge, alongside nine other schools and colleges from as far afield as Yorkshire and Kuala Lumpur (the eventual winners).This year, participants were offered a free choice of topic for the qualifying round, with the initial Wells team of Humphrey Boot in the Upper Sixth and Harriet Carlill in the Lower Sixth choosing to make a video presentation on the Geology of...
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The Great Wells Cathedral School Christmas Write Off

Over the Christmas holidays and into the January lockdown, Senior School pupils were invited to submit a short story of around 500 words for the English Department’s fifth annual creative writing competition, ‘The Great Wells Cathedral School Christmas Write Off’. The title, of course, was ‘A Winter’s Tale’.Congratulations to Upper Sixth pupil Oscar Howe, who won the Upper School prize, for the second consecutive year, with an extremely well-crafted and richly descriptive tale of a battle in the woods.Also, to...
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Walk and Sketch Challenge

The Art Department would like to thank all pupils who submitted work for the ‘Walk and Sketch’ challenge, which was open to all Senior School pupils over the lockdown period during the Epiphany term.Staff were very impressed with the wonderful creative entries, and it was difficult to select just one winner from each year group. After much deliberation and discussion, we are delighted to announce the following winners:Congratulations to Archie Blee in Year 7, Elsa Melia in Year 8, George...
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BBC Young Reporter 2021 Awards

Huge congratulations to Year 10 pupil Wilamena Dyer one of two regional winners in the South and West of England regions in this year’s BBC Young Reporter Competition for her report on How music helps cope with Tourette’s Syndrome.Wilamena’s inspiring 3-minute film is about how playing a musical instrument can lessen or even prevent Tourette’s tics. As part of the film she interviewed her Wells cello teacher, Penny Driver, as well as several other musicians with Tourette’s syndrome who have...
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Vocal Department Performance Platform

On Sunday, Wells vocalists performed a triptyque Performance Platform Concert, split into three sections to allow the showcasing of our international vocalists currently based in Hong Kong and China, as well as afternoon and evening performances from pupils based in the UK, singing live from the Eavis Auditorium in Cedars Hall.This was an open invitation for singers to perform – to blow off the cobwebs after many months away from live music making and it is wonderful that so many...
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Film Set Experience for Year 8 Pupils

Lucky pupils in 8L had an exciting opportunity to visit the set of Becoming Elizabeth, the Tudor historical drama dealing with the years before Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, which was being shot on Cathedral Green and Vicars’ Close last week.The visit was part of the class’s study of King of Shadows by Susan Cooper, a novel in which a modern-day teenager wakes up in London in the 1590s and plays the part of Puck opposite Shakespeare’s Oberon in a production of...
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Monday Morning Assembly

In the absence of the School’s regular Senior School Cathedral Monday Assembly, Wells Chaplain, Sarah Curl, has produced a virtual alternative, which includes the video of ‘hope messages’ gathered from pupils at both Wells and The Blue School.To see the address from Sarah, click here: Chaplain’s MessageTo see the messages of hope, click here: Messages of Hope

Intermediate Mathematics Challenge 2021

39 pupils in Years 9 to 11 gained awards in this year’s Intermediate Mathematics Challenge.Five pupils achieved Gold Awards, ten pupils achieved Silver and 24 pupils achieved Bronze.Congratulations to the following pupils in particular on their Gold Awards: Oscar Ho, Jason Kong, Karen Ng, Jeanie Tang and Christine Yang, all in Year 11.

Recital Music Composition Competition 2021

Congratulations to two Wells Double Bassists, who submitted new pieces for unaccompanied double bass in this year’s Recital Music Composition Competition, which were then judged by an international jury.Upper Sixth pupil Jan Cowell was awarded second prize, winning £75, and seeing off talented entrants from the USA, Mexico, Hong Kong, Chile and Italy. Lower Sixth pupil Brian Choy’s piece was commended.Jan has just achieved his performance ATCL Diploma (Associate of Trinity College London) with distinction under the tutelage of David...
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Lower School Lockdown Monologue Project

Over the lockdown period, Drama and Theatre Studies teacher, Shelley Deans, undertook a creative monologue drama project throughout the months of Winter lockdown with pupils in Years 7 to 9 during their Drama lessons.With an emphasis on performance and taking the work through from page to stage, pupils focused on original characterisation and creating a piece that allowed the observer an insight into a particular moment of that character’s world. Focus was also placed on creating the mood and tone...
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Get, Set, Go: A House Physical Challenge

In February, pupils and staff took part in Get, Set, Go: A House Physical fitness challenge. The aim of the challenge was to see which House achieved the furthest distance by completing a run, walk, cycle or row. There was no limit to how many exercises each pupil was able to input. The winning House was decided by the furthest total distance achieved in kilometers (km).Head Master, Alasatir Tighe, calculated that by the end of the event, the total distance...
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Clean Sweep of Grade 9s for Specialist Mathematicians

Congratulations to all seven Year 11 specialist mathematicians who were in the UK and able to physically sit their IGCSE Mathematics exams half a year early, in January, despite the national lockdown. They performed magnificently and have all been awarded the top Grade 9!Well done to Jacob Gatenby, Kenneth Greenshields, Madison Lewis, William Lloyd, Sebastian Stankiewicz, Ethan Turnbull and Alexander Wong.Sadly Jason Kong and Christine Yang were not in the country and therefore unable to sit their examinations.The Specialist Maths...
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Elizabeth Tudway Quilter (14 April 1929 – 14 February 2021)

It is with enormous sadness that the School learned of the death recently of one of our Foundation Fellows, Elizabeth Tudway Quilter (known to many as “Bubbles”).Elizabeth and her husband David, who died in 2007, were both huge supporters of the School in many different ways, both formally and informally, and successive Heads found their unstinting efforts on their behalf an essential support. They were descendants of the Tudway family who built and owned Cedars House. And as a Governor,...
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Spring Update – University and Music College Offers

With the physical return of the majority of Wells pupils to School for their onsite lessons this week, it is particularly uplifting to hear about and be able to celebrate the university and music college application successes of so many of our Upper Sixth pupils, as they prepare for the next stage of their education.Wells musicians, who have chosen to continue with their instrumental, vocal or compositional studies at conservatoire now hold over 70 offers for places at the UK’s...
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Finding Meaning in Music

Year 10 pupil and chorister, Sophie Harbridge, has contributed to Wells Cathedral’s current online talk series, with a piece about finding meaning in music.To watch Sophie’s talk, please click here: Finding Meaning in MusicHead Master, Alastair Tighe, also gave an inspiring talk about Education in the Pandemic as part of the same series earlier in the term.Alastair’s talk can be viewed here: Education in the Pandemic

Woody Live on BBC Somerset

Year 8 pupil and enthusiastic composer, Woody Collins, recently created a lively and uplifting anthem Live Your Life! over lockdown, which was played live over the airwaves when he was interviewed by Claire Carter on her Breakfast Show on BBC Somerset Live on Monday morning.Woody’s interview covered a wide range of musical topics, including how he conceived the song as an antidote to Lockdown Blues, a previous composition, which they also played on air; his composition technique using piano chords...
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Bang the Drum for Change

Congratulations to Old Wellensian, Emily Gunton, on her inspiring front page article about women in the music industry in Monday’s The Guardian, which quotes our very own Head of Student Experience & Well-being and Head of Percussion, Jayne Obradovic.Read this uplifting article here:  Bang the drum for change

Calling all Young Brass Players for “Salsa Brass Go!”

Wells Cathedral School School is thrilled to announce “Salsa Brass Go!”, an exciting new online project aiming to inject life and energy into this wintry lockdown.The aim of this free project is to help brass players to develop their skills, meet other performers online, and have fun!Wells Cathedral School – one of the UK’s five specialist music schools – is putting out a call for any brass players aged under 18, between Grade 2 and Grade 8 standard. Participants will...
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Over the Rainbow

We’re thrilled to share this beautiful recording of “Over the Rainbow”, performed by outstanding Wells Cathedral School Upper Sixth percussionist Stan Talman, which he is dedicating to Captain Sir Tom Moore.Throughout the first lockdown, Stan’s family – including his mother, who is working on a care home while her career as an actor/musician is on hold – formed a band to play on the street during the weekly “clap for the NHS”. We’re so immensely proud of Stan for his...
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Wells Cathedral School announces 50% off boarding fees for Choristers

Wells Cathedral School has today announced that all cathedral choristers will be entitled to a 50% reduction on boarding fees. The places will be offered in a newly refurbished boarding house for children in Years 4 to 8, which will be opening in September 2021. Wells Cathedral Choir is a world class choir, gracing one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, offering equal opportunities for boys and girls between Years 4 and 9. Alongside performing in regular services...
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This Week at Wells

We received results for the latest round of Trinity Instrumental and Vocal exams, and we’re delighted to say that 100% of Wells pupils gained a Distinction! Congratulations to all involved.On Thursday, four Wells pupils – Yuhan Zhang (Year 11), Flo Gummer (Year 10), Archie Bray (Year 9) and Hana Wong (Year 9) – took part in the first round of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Top of the Bench” competition. They had to work remotely as a team to complete...
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Global Successes for Wells Pianists

Being in lockdown hasn’t prevented Wells pupils from triumphing in two major international competitions, performing from their homes.There was an astonishing level of success for Wells pianists in the Newport Rhode Island USA International Virtuosi Music Competition 2020. This prestigious competition attracted entrants from a dozen countries, and all six Wells pianists who entered claimed a share of either first or second place in their respective age categories. Huge congratulations to Lucille, Bibi, Edvard, Sejin, Max and Ruby.The Piano Competition...
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Finding New Inspiration in a New Lockdown

As Wells pupils returned to remote learning, staff provided two new fun challenges to keep everyone busy and healthy in mind and body. Librarian Carole Estall set her annual “Ten Book Challenge”, encouraging Senior School pupils and staff to read books in ten different categories. She shared an extensive reading list of 300 inspiring and engaging books for readers of all ages to discover, and promised rewards for every book completed! Meanwhile, sport staff started a new series of “Keep Fit at...
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University and Music College Offers Update

As Wells pupils return to School for online lessons this week following the Christmas break, we are delighted that so many of our Upper Sixth pupils have received excellent offers from universities and music colleges across the UK to continue with their tertiary education post-Wells.The main UCAS application deadline has been prolonged this year, but despite this extension to the end of January, Upper Sixth pupils have already received over 100 offers from the prestigious Russell Group to read a...
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OW Hannah Wheeler Awarded Queen’s Police Medal

Very many congratulations to Old Wellensian, Hannah Wheeler, who was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours List for Distinguished Service, one of fewer than 30 officers of all ranks from across the UK and the British Territories to have received this award, this year.At the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, temporary Superintendent Hannah Wheeler was seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services. Hannah moved to lead the work of establishing and...
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Inspiring Wells Geologists!

In the run up to the Christmas break, Old Wellensian geologist Guy Hatcher gave an online lecture to Upper Sixth geologists.After finishing at Wells in 2006 Guy completed a BSc and MA in Geology at the University of Leeds before pursuing a career in geology. He has spent much of his career in Africa, initially in Ghana, before moving to the Democratic Republic of Congo and then to Zambia as an exploration geologist searching for and extracting copper deposits.In his...
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Wells Celebrates Christmas

During the final few days of term, Wells pupils enjoyed a number of celebratory Christmas events, suitably modified to allow for social distancing.On Wednesday, pupils wore Christmas jumpers and enjoyed a festive lunch in the canteen, prepared by our award-winning catering team, and with the Head Master himself joining the serving crew!On Thursday, for an extra treat, candyfloss was served outside Cedars House, which was particularly enjoyed by staff!And on Friday – the final day of term – the whole...
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Year 7 and 8 Christmas Dodgeball

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 were unable to have their usual Christmas disco this year, but instead played dodgeball as their end of term social event!Great fun and tremendous enthusiasm, skill and spirit was shown by everyone.

Specialist Maths with Simon Singh

This term, Wells Specialist Mathematicians in Years 7 to 11 have been taking part in weekly problem solving activities set by popular science author, theoretical and particle physicist and mathematician Simon Singh, author of books such as Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets’. Recently pupils were invited to win a 30 minute online tutorial with Simon. Year 7 pupil Archie Blee was one of 100 lucky Year 7 and 8 pupils from across the country to get...
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Junior School Art Exhibition

Junior School pupils have worked incredibly hard in their Art classes over the Michaelmas and Advent terms and we wanted to share their achievements with this virtual exhibition of work: Junior School Virtual Art Exhibition Each year group has covered a variety of topics and used different mediums, looked at different subject matter and studied numerous artists.Year 3 investigated leaves and drew from observation. They then used the colour, shape, and patterns found in the leaves to create large scale...
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Christmas Concert

On Monday evening there was a beautiful live streamed Christmas Concert from Cedars Hall, as the community commenced festivities for the final week of the Advent term.The seasonal musical programme incorporated performances from the talented Chamber Choir, Senior Stylists, Lower School Choir and instrumental ensembles.From the joyful ‘Air’ from Handel’s Water Music, to rousing renditions of ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’ and ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’, performances were enthusiastically engaging, with the evening rounded off in style with...
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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Congratulations to the following pupils who have achieved their Duke of Edinburgh Certificates of Achievement or full Awards.Certificates of AchievementGold: Lucy Harris, Upper SixthSilver:Annabel Ake, Year 11Eliza Green, Year 11Lara Keirle, Year 11Sophie Morrell, Lower Sixth Bronze:Annie Banks, Year 10Full AwardsSilver:Sam Lemmon, Lower SixthBronze:Demi Adekola, Year 11Nathaniel Halls, Year 11Felix Redman, Year 11Joshua Christensen, Lower SixthZachary Hannam, Upper Sixth

Concerts Continue Apace

Over the final two weeks of term, musicians from across the school have taken part in a series of departmental concerts, held in Cedars Hall, with many live streamed to invited audiences.Over the last weekend in November, members of the Brass department performed a wide repertoire from Jazz to classical at the Teatime Brass Concert, while String players performed pieces by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Haydn and many others at the Strings Performance Platform.At the start of December, pupils’ stunning compositions were...
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International Piano Competition Winner

Congratulations to Lower Sixth pianist Bridget Yee, who has just been awarded First Prize in the prestigious Putra International Piano Competition, in the Piano Concerto Young Artist (19 and below) section, playing the first movement of the Ravel Piano Concerto in G.The judging panel consisted of six members from five nations, included Armen Babakhanian, Ádám György and Julian Jacobson.Competition was tough with entrants from 27 countries and prizes only awarded to pianists playing at the very highest standard.Well done Bridget!

A Christmas Cracker!

Pupils in Pre-Prep and Nursery have been incredibly creative over the last few weeks, honing their acting, singing and dancing skills for the end of term Christmas Cracker. Some photos of their wonderful preparations can be viewed here.  

Virtual Musical Advent Calendar

The Choir and Organists of Wells Cathedral have spent the second lockdown recording plenty of music for online offerings during Advent. One of these projects is a set of 25 pieces for 25 days – the perfect way to countdown to Christmas! A new musical gift will be available every morning throughout Advent from 9am, so don’t forget to visit daily for a festive treat!Virtual Musical Advent Calendar

Senior School Cross Country

Senior School pupils participated in House Cross Country throughout last week, with races completed in separate year groups. Over 350 pupils participated across the week with some absolutely thrilling finishes to each race, including a new school record! Winners of each year group were:Year 7Boys – George BroomheadGirls – Tilly Fitton-WhiteYear 8Boys – Daniel AllenGirls – Linsey MitchellYear 9 Boys – Arthur SharpGirls – Tabitha HeaselgraveYear 10Boys – Dougie SharpGirls – Sophie Nicholls New School recordSenior Boys – Oskar EdwardsGirls – Sophie...
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Senior Mathematics Challenge Golds 2020

Congratulations to four Senior Wells pupils who have achieved Gold Awards in this year’s Senior UK Mathematics Challenge: Jason Kong in Year 11, Joshua Ng in the Lower Sixth, and Harry Chantrey and Leo Li in the Upper Sixth.38 Senior Wells pupils sat the challenge in early November, the majority of whom completed the paper in its usual paper format whilst a few completed the paper simultaneously remotely via a computer link. The top 10% achievers are awarded Gold Certificates...
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Trading Places Writing Competition

Year 9 pupil Harry Jordan came away with a richly-deserved prize of £50 after being placed 3rd in the country for the University of Greenwich’s ‘Trading Places’ creative writing competition.Writing entirely independently, Harry read Victorian working class trade magazines on the University’s website to research the context for his story and wrote an impressively mature and sophisticated response which shared with Dickens, George Eliot and others a real concern for and understanding of the conditions of labour in Britain in...
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1,111th Birthday

Wells celebrated its 1,111th Birthday on Monday, on St Andrew’s Day, with a Wells Cathedral Service and celebratory St Andrew’s Day cake.Sixth formers attended Wells Cathedral for the Monday Morning Service, which was live streamed to the rest of the School community.At morning break, pupils and staff enjoyed a heart slice of the cake; followed by a St Andrew’s Day themed lunch arranged by Trevor and his team. The St Andrew’s flag flew from the roof of Cedars to mark...
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Tune up Tuesday – Celebrating the Importance of the Arts

Pupils at Wells, along with thousands of young people from across the country, took part in the uplifting online event #tuneupTuesday this week.The event aimed to highlight the importance of the arts, whilst continuing to encourage young people to pursue a career in this amazing industry, despite the difficulties posed by covid-19.Pupils had the opportunity to access a free library of five minute activities designed by professionals to develop artistic skills, covering music, dance, art, drama, design, poetry, screenwriting and...
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Bronze Food for Life Award Renewal

Congratulations to Trevor Phillips and the hard working Catering Team at Wells who have had their Bronze Food For Life Award renewed following a recent inspection!Despite the logistical difficulties of catering for hundreds of pupils and staff during a global pandemic, the team has continued to serve healthy, tasty meals throughout the term time and the holidays, when many boarders have been unable to return home, and it is wonderful that their hard work has been recognised once again.