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At a glance:
Type of School: Co-educational
Location: Taunton, Somerset.
Number of pupils: 470
King’s Schools, Taunton provides continuous day and boarding education for girls and boys aged 2 to 18 years. It comprises King’s Hall School which has approximately 300 children from 2 to 13 and King’s College which has approximately 470 pupils from 13 to 18. Both schools provide inspired teaching, superb facilities, and our nurturing of individual potential combine to create an environment in which young people achieve great things.
The schools’ strong boarding ethos is central. The fact that so many pupils and staff live on both sites creates a strong sense of community. The schools are small enough to be friendly and yet large enough to compete nationally.
Academic Programmes: A good work ethic and small class sizes help sustain progress, and specialist teaching is the norm, with great emphasis placed on developing the individual: kindness, consideration, courtesy and respect for one another. The outstanding modern facilities and stunning locations ensure that children enjoy a challenging all-round education in a progressive, secure and stimulating environment.
Pupils work hard, following a traditional curriculum, strong on rigour and the difficult academic subjects, taught by teachers chosen for their deep knowledge of the subject and their infectious enthusiasm. They instil a natural love of learning and, as a result, 98% of pupils at King’s College go on to university, many to Oxford and Cambridge and other international universities, and we have consistently high standards of academic achievement. King’s Hall has a 100% pass rate at Common Entrance.
Overall, we like to think of ourselves as an exceptionally cheerful schools, but also busy and purposeful ones. Our pupils leave us very well-qualified, but more importantly they leave as well-rounded, balanced individuals.
When asked what makes King’s College special, Headmaster, Richard Biggs explained:
“We are a school with boarding, and therefore have community at our heart. This nurturing ethos is of huge value to both boarding and day pupils. We take a holistic view of education, which values and supports the talents and interests of every child. We are unashamedly forward-looking, but hold on to traditional values of scholarship and character. We are popular, extraordinarily friendly and successful. Our doors are always open to those wishing to come and visit.”
Justin Chippendale, Headmaster at King’s Hall added: “At King’s Hall we provide a fabulous educational experience. We aim to maximise potential and to help develop children to be the best they can be. The school is open and friendly, with solid structures in place to support children with all aspects of their lives. They leave us ready and prepared for the next part of their educational journey.”
Creative Arts and Sport: Both schools have excellent facilities. Recent developments include a new art studio at King’s College, and an impressive science faculty at King’s Hall. Our new Sports Performance and Cricket Centre was opened by former King’s pupil and England cricketer Jos Buttler, and the King’s Schools Equestrian Centre, a joint project with a local livery centre, opened in September 2018. The centre is a self-contained yard of eight stables, with access to excellent facilities and miles of off-road hacking.
The wide programme of co-curricular activities available at both schools are popular across all age groups and ensure pupils are engaged, stretched and challenged outside of the classroom. Activities include outdoor pursuits, Combined Cadet Force (CCF), DofE, Forest School, music, drama, Leiths School of Food and Wine and debating.
Our alumni includes GB Hockey goalkeeper Maddie Hinch MBE, feminist writer Laura Bates BEM, and the aforementioned England international cricketer Jos Buttler.