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Wells Cathedral School?(9 Posts)
Considering Wells Cathedral School and think that it sounds a very exciting place for a child whose world is singing and drama.
Does anyone have recent experience of the school? How have you found it?
Mixed feelings! I don’t think it’s for everyone. It did take the fun out of it for me. I went there for sixth form - for the music - and although the tuition is amazing, it can really knock your self-confidence too. Listening to all the future soloists practising is amazing, but it did feel definitely cliquey. Everyone seemed to know how you’d been graded on your initial audition - whether you were a specialist, special provision or general musician - whether you’d ever make the grade, basically. I found it all a bit overwhelming and a bit gloomy and I’ve met other people that said the same. They even rearranged the table layout in the canteen at one point to make it less intimidating for all the anorexic students. But this was in the 90’s. Maybe they’ve got more fun by now? And maybe the drama department is a bit jollier? But I did always love playing in the Cathedral.
Thanks Mayly - it's what I had thought from the 90s, but I think it's v different now and they've addressed that. But I just wanted to see if anyone with experience now can confirm! Will see ...
IIRC 2/5 of the finalists in last Sunday's Young Musician keyboard round came from the school. That's impressive in itself!
I am also interested in this thread as we are seriously considering Wells for our DC.
I know all schools have their sales pitch, but there was literally nothing I didn't like/wasn't sure about and I cannot say that about any of the other schools we have visited. Everyone was lovely and I really had the feeling that they value every child, whatever their individual talent or contribution, and are good at finding out what that might be if it is not already obvious. I have seen Wells on a number of different occasions now and from various angles and each time I have visited I like it even more.
Obviously this is still an outside perspective at this stage, so I would also be interested to hear what others think. I am particularly interested to hear from anyone who has children who enjoy music but are not playing at the top level - will they still enjoy the same opportunities, e.g. playing in orchestras and ensembles, as the specialist musicians?
DD has just been offered a Specialist Musician place for September. She is also very much into MT and performs professionally and at national level. Because of Covid, we haven't actually been able to visit the school yet - her audition was done over zoom! So we are a little nervous, even though it seems like a perfect fit for her. Everyone we have had dealings with has been genuinely lovely, very warm and welcoming. All we want for her is to find something of a balance between her music, MT and regular education and their views on this seem to be so completely aligned with ours I could cry with relief! But it still feels really odd to be contemplating sending her to pretty much live in a place we've never been in person...
For info - there is a virtual open day tomorrow 😊
Thanks @folkmamma - that's useful to know.
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