THE WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL FOUNDATION

Overview

Providing long-term strategic development, funding and sustainability to one of the country's oldest and most cherished school communities.

We have launched a new appeal to help amazing Wells pupils whose families need extra support with bursary funding – The Quilter Scholarship Fund. When financial circumstances change and families are unable to afford all the fees, means-tested bursaries can provide transformational support to enable students to continue their education and have access to world-class tuition.

We’re delighted to have raised over £8.7m for our Cedars Hall appeal (with less than £770,000 still to raise to reach our target). Now we must make sure gifted musicians and children with other amazing talents have the opportunity to benefit from these world class facilities, without financial barriers. Please give generously.

Bursary Appeals

Quilter Family Bursary Appeal – Remembering Alan Quilter

We have established a fund to help keep Alan and Sheila’s vision for Wells Cathedral School alive. Alan Quilter (Headmaster from 1964 to 1986) forged two significant developments at Wells Cathedral School, which have propelled its success over the following generations.

First, the move to co-education was a pioneering advance for institutions that had relied on single-sex education; secondly the introduction of a specialism – in Wells’ case music – has helped to redefine the school and give it national and international pre-eminence with some national government funding.

We have never looked back.

It was Alan and Sheila’s vision, energy and sheer grit that recreated Wells Cathedral School and made it sustainable. We owe them and their family so much.

Following the dedication of Quilter Hall in February 2017, we have launched the Quilter Family Bursary Appeal in memory of Alan and Sheila. The bursary fund will help provide the opportunity for a local gifted and talented child to enjoy the benefits of an education at Wells, something Alan strived to make a reality. We invite you to remember Alan Quilter by considering making a one-off or regular donation to this special fund.

If you would like to find out more about how to donate to our Quilter Family Bursary Appeal, please contact Rebecca Roberts, Foundation Finance Officer on [email protected]ol or 01749 834254.

Legacies

A legacy is one of the simplest and most flexible ways of making your gift, and may enable you to support Wells Cathedral School in a way in which you may not be able to do during your lifetime. The tax benefits of a legacy gift to a charity are considerable – all such bequests can be made free from Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax, so you could reduce the total tax burden levied on your estate to your family.

We believe that those who have chosen to support the school with a legacy should be thanked in their lifetime. All those who have made provision for Wells Cathedral School in their wills are invited to become members of the Wells 909 Society, and will be invited to Wells 909 Society lunches hosted by the Head.

Wells is an extraordinary place to be educated and creates wonderful, influential opportunities for its pupils. Preserving and progressing this environment requires constant investment. I believe the school must build up a reservoir of wealth that will become a foundation for the future. Leaving a legacy in your will is a tax efficient way of contributing to this future without any impact on your present finances. I am honoured to be Chairman of the Wells 909 Society and to have made my own legacy commitment in favour of this fine school to which I owe so much.

Jeremy Brade, Chairman Wells 909 Society, Old Wellensian (1972-1980)

To find out more about how you can leave a legacy to the school, please call the Foundation on 01749 834254 or email [email protected].

Recent Capital Projects

Cedars Hall

Wells Cathedral School has built a world class performing arts venue, Cedars Hall. Designed by leading London architect, Eric Parry, this has been the most audacious development in the school’s history.

Cedars Hall provides sought after rehearsal, teaching and performance space for the school’s 200 specialist musicians and serves as a hub for its significant community outreach, which provides music education, including workshops, concerts and master classes, for thousands of primary school children, elderly and disability groups in the South West each year.

With capacity for audiences of 350, the main recital hall is a flexible and modern performance space; it accommodates an orchestra of 60 performers and an audience of 250, with other configurations possible through adaptation of seating and platforms. Whilst the hall’s award-winning design has been devised to give chamber musicians the very best acoustic experience, the flexibility of the technical specification means that this venue is accessible for performers of every discipline – for amplified music, dance, drama and lectures.

Cedars Hall includes three further teaching and practice spaces, each adjoining unique observation facilities as well as a foyer, bar and storage. Featuring state-of-the-art recording facilities, Cedars Hall is a venue for broadcast quality production, reflecting industry standards.

Sports Pavilion

Our sports pavilion, which has been built by local construction firm Biggs, was part of an innovative new complex on Cedars Field, which included the new maintenance building (also built by Biggs) and Cedars Hall (built by Shaylor).

The pavilion was designed by award-winning architect Eric Parry and includes two changing rooms on the lower floor, with separate changing facilities for referees, showers, a disabled lift between floors and lots of room for kit storage. The upper level includes spectator seating with stunning views across Cedars Field and a meeting reception room and bar.

Built to Sport England Guidance Standards, the sports pavilion has used materials which complement the character of Wells and has been finished with timber.

On match days the reception room is used to provide lunch or snacks and drinks for up to 30 people. In the evenings, it is a space where players and friends can relax and socialise together. It also serves as a headquarters for Old Wellensians where former students have enjoyed meetings and social gatherings.

The pavilion was inaugurated by Old Wellensian Danny Nightingale, who cut the ribbon on 21st June 2015, at an event attended by a host of donors, Old Wellensians, parents, pupils and friends.

The fundraising efforts were led by former parent Phil Lemanski, whose committee of volunteers supported the Foundation’s fundraising target of £600,000. 

 

When I arrived at Wells Cathedral School as an 11-year-old my passion for sport was already deeply rooted. But the encouragement I received at Wells helped me develop and go on a gold medal as part of the British Olympic Modern Pentathlon team in Montreal in 1976. I have the great honour to be Wells Cathedral School’s highest achieving Old Wellensian in the world of sport and am proud to be patron of the sports pavilion appeal.

For the past 22 years I have worked as a physical education teacher, helping young people discover the joy of sport. It is vital in a child’s development to give them the opportunity to try as many different sports as possible. For a young person to excel at sport the joy of participation must first be there and is then nurtured with encouragement and support.

To develop those children with innate talent, and to encourage all children to love sport, they need the best facilities.

The sports pavilion provides just that.

Danny Nightingale
Olympic Gold Medallist 1976
British Modern Pentathlon Champion (1976, 1977, 1978),
Wells Cathedral School Foundation Fellow
Honorary Freeman of the City of Wells

The Cook Building

The Cook building in the Laundry Garden was opened in March 2010 to provide mathematics classrooms and social and play space for children in the Lower School.

Our Trustees

The Foundation was formally launched in October 2007 and currently has twelve Trustees in place to undertake on behalf of the school governors, strategic leadership and oversight of philanthropic fundraising carried out in support of Wells Cathedral School. Each Trustee is also a Company Director, as the Foundation is a company limited by guarantee as well as being a registered charity. The Board meet four times a year.

Ann Whalley Gummer

Ann Whalley Gummer Ann Whalley Gummer is married to Andrew Gummer, a music lawyer, and has three children. Frederick aged...
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Dr Jenny Kingston

Dr Jenny Kingston Jenny moved to Wells from London in 1997 with her husband, Peter, and their four very young...
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Mr Chris Seaton

Mr Chris Seaton Chris is an Old Wellensian and joined to the school in 1971 as a chorister, leaving the...
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Mr Christopher Jackson (Chairman), OBE

Mr Christopher Jackson (Chairman), OBE Christopher Jackson was educated in Edinburgh and St. Andrews University, Scotland before joining the Hong...
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Mr David Brown, OBE

Mr David Brown, OBE Governor of Wells Cathedral School since 2014 (Foundation Trustee) Chief Executive at the Bristol Port Company...
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Mr Jeremy Brade, MBE

Mr Jeremy Brade, MBE Jeremy Brade lives in London and has two daughters at university. He is a partner at...
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Mr Phil Lemanski

Mr Phil Lemanski Phil is a trustee of the WCS Foundation and chair of the sports pavilion campaign which is...
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Mr Tim Lewis

Mr Tim Lewis Tim is an Old Wellensian, and started his life in the school as a chorister in the...
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Mrs Elizabeth Cairncross

Mrs Elizabeth Cairncross Elizabeth Cairncross has been the Head at Wells Cathedral School since 2000. Elizabeth was attracted to Wells...
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The Music Society of Hong Kong

Board Members

Jacqueline Leung

Jacqueline Leung Jacqueline Leung attended Wells Cathedral School as a specialist musician and is currently chairperson of the Royal Academy...
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Leigh Dalgarno

Leigh Dalgarno Leigh is Head of Creative Arts, West Island School, Hong Kong. Throughout her career she has enjoyed working...
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Wallace Yip

Wallace Yip Wallace has been a Director of the Society since 2010. Wallace was a cellist specialist musician scholar at...
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Robert Andrew Verity

Robert Andrew Verity Robert Verity is currently Global Head of Retail Banking Wealth Management Operational Risk & Internal Control and...
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Yip Wing-sie

Yip Wing-sie A highly respected and influential figure in Asia’s orchestral music scene, Yip Wing-sie has been the Music Director...
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Dr Yip Wai-Hong (Honorary Chairman)

Dr Yip Wai-Hong (Honorary Chairman) A dedicated educationist, academic and researcher, Dr Yip Wai-hong was on the faculty of the...
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Bryan Carter (Chairman)

Bryan Carter (Chairman) Now retired, Bryan was formerly a Managing Director with J P Morgan and Chief Executive of Coutts...
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