Wells Cathedral School A-level results

August 30 2017
Wells Cathedral School A-level results

STUDENTS at Wells Cathedral School had much to celebrate with a very strong set of A-level results achieved by this year’s cohort.

The overall pass rate for the 109 candidates was 99.1 per cent, with over three quarters achieving grades A* to B; nearly 50 per cent achieving grades A* to A (compared to a national average figure of 26 per cent); and almost 20 per cent gaining the top A* grade.

Over a quarter of pupils achieved all A* and A grades, and nearly half the entrants achieved two or more A* and A grades. Nine students achieved three or more A* grades, including Emilie Colliar, Orlando Fraser from Wookey Hole, Gemma Gordon from Wells, Kaia Nisser from Oakhill, Oliver Passey from Chewton Mendip, Nicole Pellizzon, and Daria Rozhnova. Thomas Matthews from Wells and Benjamin Richards both achieved four A* grades.

Over 90 per cent of Wells students have achieved the grades required to go on to one of the universities of their choice.

Many of this year’s Year 13 will continue with their musical studies at the country’s internationally famous music colleges, where a record number have won significant scholarships. More than one third of the candidates have specialised in music during their sixth form years and have had to successfully juggle academic work with intensive music programmes and long hours of practice. Of particular mention, with multiple scholarships, are Laura Cooper, Edgar Francis, Adam Heron, Osian Jones, Phoebe Lu, Ashby Mayes, Gwyneth Nelmes, James Thomas from Somerton, Zoe Tweed from Wells and Poppy Webb-Taylor from Wellington.

Wells’ results have been very good indeed across a wide variety of subjects this year, with exceptional results in English, the sciences, mathematics and history.

Students who took part in the Extended Project Qualification achieved strong results, with over a third gaining the top two grades for this rigorous assessment, where pupils have learnt the skills of research, analysis and presentation.

Principal Elizabeth Cairncross said: “Many of our students have worked for and achieved top grades; others have worked hard and achieved results of which they and we are also very proud. Their families and our staff have all contributed unrelentingly and with great commitment; it was, however, the students who sat the exams and have provided themselves with a springboard to the next stage of their studies and their lives.’’