ONCE again, Wells Cathedral School pupils have been celebrating some excellent A-level results.
Despite the significant disruptions caused by Covid, the Wells class of 2023 have outperformed the 2019 cohort, continuing the school’s upward trajectory for academic results.
Pupils enjoyed success across a range of subjects, from sciences to languages to humanities to the creative arts. Among many highlights were 91 per cent of RPE (Religion, Philosophy and Ethics) pupils gaining an A or A* grade, 100 per cent of Spanish pupils achieving an A*, A or B, and – as always – exceptional results in Wells’ specialist areas, where most pupils taking Music, Maths and Further Maths achieved an A or A* grade. In all, nearly 75 per cent of all grades awarded were A*, A or B.
More than 87 per cent of pupils gained a place at their first choice university or conservatoire, significantly more than the national average of 79 per cent. Around two thirds of university applicants are heading to Russell Group universities including Oxford, Durham, Bristol and UCL, where they will study a diverse range of subjects, including Medicine, Game Development, Mathematics, French and Latin.
As always, a large number of musicians are heading to the world’s leading conservatoires including the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, many with large scholarships.
On results day, many pupils went into the school to mark their successes at a celebratory breakfast with their peers and teachers.
Head Master Alastair Tighe said: “I am really delighted that once again so many Wells pupils are today celebrating achieving excellent A-level results and gaining a place at their first choice university, college or conservatoire. What is particularly pleasing is that once again we see such strong results across such a wide range of subjects, emphasising how here at Wells we value and support all pupils – something that was picked up in our ISI inspection earlier this year. “I would like to pay tribute to my wonderful teaching colleagues, and of course to our hard-working pupils and their families who have supported them.”