First English School boy to clear 6ft


Wells first big meeting was the Public Schools’ championships of 1946 held on the University of London track at Motspur Park in Surrey, in which he came 3rd with 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m). Queen Elizabeth's School won the Public Schools Challenge Cup.

On 18 April 1947, the meeting was again at Motspur Park, and this time Wells won the high jump title, in the process becoming the first English schoolboy to clear 6 ft 0in, beating the previous best of 5 ft 10½ in (1.79 m) set by H.A.Simmons (Taunton's, Southampton) in 1928. Queen Elizabeth's School again won the challenge cup, and as athletics captain Wells had the responsibility of collecting it, plus the high jump cup, in a ceremony at the conclusion of the two-day meeting.

Peter jumping at the Public Schools Challenge Cup at Motspur Park in 1947

Peter Wells receiving the trophies - 1947

Peter Wells with the Public Schools Challenge Cup, and the High Jumping Cup - 1947
Queen Elizabeth's School Athletic Team - 1947