• GCSE Handbook 2017-2019

GCSE Handbook 2017-2019

Welcome to Wells Cathedral School Upper School


At Wells Cathedral School in the Upper School we offer:

  • High quality teaching and learning opportunities
  • Good facilities and resources for study
  • A balanced and flexible range of subjects
  • A wide range of co-curricular opportunities

At Wells Cathedral School in the Upper School we provide:

  • More Options
  • More Focus
  • More Flexibility
  • An inspiring education set in a musically-alive and beautiful environment as a brilliant foundation for life

Introduction from the Head Master

Welcome to the prospectus and the prospect of the next stage at Wells - years 10 and 11. This guide will tell you about atmosphere, opportunities, responsibilities to yourself and to others, and the school’s responsibilities to you. Most of all this guide is about choice, and if education were to be about only one thing it would be about learning to make choices, and learning what to do if you get them wrong! I want your minds and your hearts to grow as fit and as strong as possible; you now have an increasing number of choices in the way that happens.

Choose with flexibility, creativity, independence, risk, interest and curiosity. Research thoroughly, imagine widely. Understand how to keep doors open or, if you want to shut them, what the implications will be. Talk to other people; then make your own decisions. Enjoy the excitement of choice.

We look forward to working with you in year 10.

Alastair Tighe

Introduction from the Head of Years 10 and 11

Welcome to the Upper School of Wells Cathedral School. The Upper School comprises students in Years 10 and 11. During this phase of your education you will be working towards achieving your first formal qualifications.

This will be an exciting time for you as it is your first opportunity to begin to tailor your educational experiences to match your own interests. Unlike previous years, you will be able to select some of the subjects that you study and these may be the first tentative steps that you will take towards your future career.

You will notice differences in lessons; you will no longer move around as a form, but rather find yourself in classrooms with a wide range of students from your year group. Your timetable will differ from those of your friends, you will be expected to take a greater responsibility for your studies, and you will be encouraged to be more proactive in your approach towards your education and independent in your learning.

You are, of course, not expected to take these steps on your own. You will be assigned a tutor who will support you in academic matters throughout Years 10 and 11. In addition to your tutor you will have regular contact with house parents who will provide pastoral care throughout your time in the Upper School.

My role as the Academic Head of Years 10 and 11 is to work with the tutor team to provide a thorough and consistent approach to catering for your academic needs. I will also liaise with your parents and/or guardians and, of course, be an extra source of support and guidance should you need it. I will work with your tutor to monitor your academic progress to ensure that you reach your academic potential, and provide additional support whenever it is needed.

On entering the Upper School you should: embrace the opportunity to select your own curriculum; enjoy increased independence; rise to the challenge of your studies and aim to leave Year 11 with as many doors open to your future as possible.

Lucy Balderson, Head of Years 10 and 11

GCSE Guide (2017-2019)