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Geneva Exchange 2018

Over the last week Wells students and their parents once again played host to 16 students from the Florimont institute in Geneva. The Swiss students enjoyed visits to the Bristol Aerospace museum, WTC in Bristol and The Roman Baths, as well as joining in lessons with Wells students.Student feedback about the experience at Wells has been very positive and we are now looking forward to the second leg of the exchange, when Wells students return to wintery Geneva in December!Thank...
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Primary Schools Shakespeare Festival

Wells Cathedral School hosted a Shakespeare Festival in mid-October involving pupils from two local primary school pupils.Pupils from Croscombe Primary School and Coxley Primary School joined three classes of Year 6 pupils from Wells to perform half hour versions of five of Shakespeare’s most well loved plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest and Twelfth Night, over two evenings on 15th and 16th October. Each Autumn nearly 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the...
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CCF Biennial Inspection

Reviewing Officer Brigadier Graeme ‘Jock’ Fraser MBE RM, Naval Regional Commander (Wales and Western England) visited Wells on Wednesday for the biennial inspection of the school Combined Cadet Force. The Brigadier spent the morning with the Army section of the CCF at Yoxter Ranges on the Mendips, where cadets underwent a series of training exercises and activities. The Royal Navy section undertook leadership tasks on the school site; whilst groups of RAF cadets had an early start from Weston-super-Mare, spending...
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Cedars Hall Scoops Somerset Building Award

Six Somerset building projects, including Wells Cathedral School’s very own Cedars Hall, have won prestigious awards for the exceptionally high standard of their design and craftsmanship.The winners of the William Stansell/Somerset Building Preservation Trust Awards were announced at a special ceremony at the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury in late September.Russell Lillford, chairman of the Somerset Building Preservation Trust said: “A total of 25 entries were received this year, all of a very high standard. I congratulate to all those...
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Save the Children Walk

On Sunday, a chilly and autumnal morning, bathed in glorious sunshine, hundreds of pupils, staff, families and excited canine companions from Wells Cathedral School, set off bright and early from the dining hall for the Save the Children Walk, a much loved annual community event to raise money for this fantastic charity.Pupils from the Reception class, right through to Year 13 took part in the event, which followed a picturesque route through Wells and up onto the glorious Mendip Hills...
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Top Class Hockey Coaching

In late September 14 Wells students spent the day at Millfield, benefiting from top class hockey coaching from GB internationals Kate Richardson-Walsh, Barry Middleton and Crista Cullen. Wells student made up almost half the cohort taking part in the masterclass and so made the most of the small group coaching, which involved game play and advanced technical skills. Congratulations to Year 8 student Florence, who was awarded Player of the Day.

Trio of Chorister Siblings Sing in the Cathedral

For the first time in a decade, a trio of choristers from the same family is singing together in Wells Cathedral as part of the Wells Cathedral Choir. Siblings Cecilia, aged 13; Daniel, aged 11; and now Estella, aged 8, are all choristers at Wells Cathedral, and have the opportunity to sing with each other when the girl and boy choristers perform jointly in Cathedral services. Cecilia and Daniel are both now in their fourth year as Cathedral choristers, having...
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Artistic Inspiration

Internationally acclaimed artist Ian Murphy visited the school in early October to spend a day working with Year 11, 12 and 13 artists. The students were introduced to a wide range of techniques, processes and materials, producing some inspiring and accomplished drawings to add to their portfolios.

Megan selected for England Hockey Diploma in Sporting Excellence

Congratulations to Year 12 student Megan, who has been selected by England Hockey to attend their DiSE (Diploma in Sporting Excellence) programme for 2018-2019. Megan was nominated following her selection for the Wessex Leopards U17 squad for Futures Cup. The objective of the programme is to select players identified as high potential hockey players by England Hockey, and to develop an oversupply of players who have the potential to be world leading internationals, and can transition into the England U18,...
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Lulworth Cove Geography Trip

This week 32 pupils accompanied by four staff headed down to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove on the annual Geography GCSE field trip. Pupils busied themselves collecting data to reconstruct the beach profile at Durdle Door Bay and then further data collection on pebble size and roundness and wave counts. At the Lulworth Cove visitor centre they learnt about how this remarkable feature, part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, was formed.

Podium Place for Matt in GB Youth Super Series Triathlon

Congratulations to Year 12 athlete, Matthew, who completed the GB Youth Super Series Triathlon Championships at Mallory Park in Leicestershire in mid-September, with a podium place, reaching third overall in the 2018 series.This weekend he also competed in the Triathlon Super Series in Jersey; and represented the North Somerset Athletics team in the Midlands Road Relays the previous weekend.

Dartmoor Expedition

14 Year 10 students completed their Silver DofE practice expedition on Dartmoor this weekend. The weather was glorious and each team navigated extremely well earning their place on a qualifying expedition later on in the year.

Head of Schools Conference at Wells

In late September 45 students from independent schools across the South West descended on Wells to take part in the Head of Schools Conference hosted this year, by Wells Cathedral School.The day started with an inspiring keynote presentation by Tessa Munt, previously Liberal Democrat MP for Wells (2010-2015), who reflected on the lessons she has learned both within and outside of politics. The morning then focused on the development of some of the key practical aspects of leadership: visibility, chairing...
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Year 12 Crime Squad Day

On Monday students in Year 12 were challenged to think outside the box as part of a Crime Squad day with Wiser Words. Students cracked codes to dispose bombs; pieced evidence together to rescue gorillas; and worked on their team strategy to steal the loot. New relationships were forged and students developed their critical thinking skills in preparations for the rigours of sixth form life.

Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT Regional Finals

Congratulations to Year 10 percussionist, Luke, who won the regional finals of the prestigious Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT competition for the South region, held in Cardiff over the weekend. From video submissions, 64 young drummers were selected to perform live on a Yamaha Drum Kit at eight Regional Finals, showcasing eight drummers. The drummers played two pieces of music in front of audiences comprising of family, friends and members of the general public. A judging panel decided on the winning drummer.Luke won...
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Matt Selected for GB Team

Congratulations to Year 12 student Matthew, who has been selected to compete as part of the GB Triathlon Team going to the Channel Islands at the end of September, following his podium finish at the Eton Dorney Super Series in July, his best result to date.

James Buckle appointed Principal Bass Trombone of the Philharmonia Orchestra

Congratulations to Old Wellensian James Buckle who has been appointed as Principal Bass Trombone of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Emerging as one of the UK’s most exciting young musicians, he is the only brass player ever to win the Gold Medal of the Royal Over-Seas League competition, receiving acclaim from international soloists including baritone Jonathan Lemalu, oboist Nicholas Daniel and pianist Piers Lane. James has won first prize in the British Trombone Society Bass Trombone competition and the Drummond Sharp Prize...
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The Royal Northern Sinfonia

Congratulations to Old Wellensian, Jonathan Evans, who has just been appointed 2nd horn in The Royal Northern Sinfonia, one of only two horn positions in this prestigious orchestra. Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences. The orchestra regularly flies the flag for the...
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Take One Picture at the National Gallery

Year 6 pupil Freddie enjoyed a trip to London in early August, visiting The Take One Picture event at The National Gallery, in which his collagraph, inspired by Pintoricchio’s ‘Penelope with the Suitors’ was featured as part of the artwork chosen to be shown from Wells Cathedral School.

CASE Europe Leadership Award

Congratulations to former Principal, Elizabeth Cairncross, who was awarded the prestigious CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award at the CASE Europe Annual Conference in Edinburgh, on 30th August. The CASE Europe Leadership Award recognises heads, presidents, vice-chancellors, chancellors, principals, rectors/rectrices and other organisational leaders for their outstanding efforts in promoting and supporting education.These prestigious awards celebrate and recognise the contribution of individuals and showcase the best in the sector, who through their amazing work, help to advance education to transform lives...
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Choralia Wins Grand 1st Prize

Congratulations to the wonderful singers of Choralia, who won the Grand 1st Prize at the 9th Musica Eterna Roma International Choir Festival and Competition over the summer. The girls choir, conducted by Christopher Finch, also took home the Category Prize, Youth Choirs of Equal Voices, and Christopher was awarded a special prize, for excellent programme choices and the choreography of the performances; thus winning the most categories of any group in the competition.Choralia, who performed in the stunning surroundings of...
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England Hockey Selection for Lily

A huge congratulations to Year 11 student Lily, who has been selected for the England U16 Girls’ Hockey Squad, one of only 38 girls from across the country. Lily was selected for England following an impressive performance at the recent Futures Cup competition, where she represented the Wessex Leopards at U15 level, winning the Player of the Tournament Award and a significant financial prize.Lily will train with the full England squad for the first time at Lilleshall in Shropshire this...
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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

Twenty Year 13 students successfully completed their four-day Gold Duke of Edinburgh expeditions in Snowdonia at the end of August.The groups all impressed the external assessor, walking over 50 miles across the mountains and in many cases camping at remote wild campsites.

BBC Proms Inspire Competition

Congratulations to Thomas, whose composition, Mirage, has been highly commended in the prestigious BBC Proms Inspire Composition competition. Head of composition, Paul Whitmarsh, said, “Thomas’s achievement is a huge success, as the BBC Proms composition competition is probably the most competitive and prestigious composition competition in the country.” Thomas’ success is the fourth success in this competition in the last five years for Wells students, following in the footsteps of Rebecca Farthing (Winner, Upper Junior category 2017), Oliver Buckland (Highly...
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Wells Cathedral School GCSE Exam Results Summer 2018

Pupils at Wells Cathedral School celebrated impressive GCSE results on Thursday, the first year where the majority of subjects have been assessed against the newly implemented and more rigorous, reformed GCSE examination grades. At Wells, 50 per cent of the subjects examined were assessed with the new system. Five Wells students achieved eight or more 9s or A* grades; nearly one third of Wells students achieved six or more grade 9s and 8s, or their A* equivalent; and over half...
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Robust A-level Performance at Wells Cathedral School

Students at Wells Cathedral School achieved a robust set of A-level results on Thursday with a pass rate of 99 per cent; 40 per cent were awarded the top two grades, compared with a national average figure of 26 per cent.20 per cent of pupils achieved three or more A or A* grades or better, with four students gaining more than three A* grades: congratulations to Samuel B who gained four A* grades, as well as to Julian and Elias...
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Medieval Football’s coming home…

Bishop Thomas Beckynton’s regulations for cathedral choristers, dated circa 1460, contain the earliest reference we have to sport at Wells Cathedral School:‘Seeing that it is of advantage to provide relaxation from time to time from the cares of work and observances in quire, it is right that the Master or under-Master should assign a suitable time and place for the boy’s games; provided that in their games the boys are in no way associated with laymen or boys from outside...
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Adam’s Passing Out Parade

Congratulations to Old Wellensian, Adam, who finished at Wells in 2015, shown in the photos at his Passing Out Parade at the end of June. Adam was awarded the prestigious Hollis Award for Education, as the best recruit in the company for his education activities while training.

Speech Day

Wells students, parents and staff enjoyed a glorious end to the academic year at this year’s Speech Day on Friday 6th July, with Prize-giving, poignant service at Wells Cathedral and informal buffet on Cedars Lawn. As Elizabeth Cairncross celebrated her final Speech Day as principal, following 18 successful years at the helm of the school, it was apt that she gave the main speech at senior school Prize-giving, encouraging student leavers to always turn up and take part, to vote...
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Dido and Aeneas – Wells’ First Opera

The school’s first ever opera took place on Sunday evening in Cedars Hall – an extraordinarily charming and moving production that stunned the sell-out audience. Dido and Aeneas, Purcell’s great opera of love, betrayal and loss, was transposed to a contemporary setting at the end of a school term as an international crowd of students fell in and out of love and got ready to leave school.The professionalism of the musicians was matched by the impressive acting talents and stunning...
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Regional Athletics Champions!

Congratulations to both Jasmine in Year 12 and Matthew in Year 11, who were both crowned regional champions at the South West Championships held in Exeter this weekend.Both athletes were chosen to represent Somerset at the regional finals, having been crowned county champions in their disciples at the Somerset Athletics Track and Field Championships in May. On Saturday, Jasmine competed in the 100m, coming second overall with a new PB of 12.34s, closely followed by a fantastic first place in...
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Butterfly Champion!

Congratulations to Year 4 swimmer Asta who was crowned Under 10 Butterfly Champion at the IAPS National Swimming Championships held at the London Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in Stratford in London on Saturday.Asta was selected for the National Finals following a series of regional heats, attracting over 4,000 competitors from 250 schools nationwide. She competed in the Under 10 25M Butterfly category, racing against competitors in the year above, and securing a place in the final with the...
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Indigo’s Week at Matrix

Year 12 student Indigo spent an inspiring and motivating week at the prestigious Matrix barristers’ chambers in London in May, experiencing a day at the Employment Tribunal Court, as well as several days at the Royal Courts of Justice, where the leading judge was the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. Indigo’s week featured on the Matrix blog and can be viewed by clicking this link.

Visit to Buckingham Palace

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

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

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

Somerset County Cricket

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

The Wells You Want

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

Inter-area Cross Country

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

Gold for Eliza

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

Two Moors Festival Winner

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

Gold Duke of Edinburgh

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

The Wedding of the Year

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

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

Chemistry Trip to the University of Bristol

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

Dorset Golf Championship Semi-Finalist

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

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

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

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

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

Ferio Play at Jersey Boat Show

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

Woodwind Instrument Days

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prep Schools Hockey Tournament

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

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

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

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

Wells Harpists Hit the High Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating the Year of the Dog

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

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

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

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

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

Xavier Selected for Somerset

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

Primary Schools Christmas Concerts

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

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

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

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

Announcement of Head of Wells Cathedral School

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Youth Orchestra

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

Chess Club

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

Last Post Trumpeters

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

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

Royal Navy expands the CCF at Wells Cathedral School

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

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