Taunton School: Taunton, Somerset, UK

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Taunton School was founded in 1847 and is a traditional co-educational boarding school in South West England for students aged 0 – 18.   Taunton School has been welcoming international students for more than 150 years. Younger international students (ages 8 – 14) with low levels of English study at The Grange, where they receive intensive and expert tuition in English as well as other academic subjects until they are ready to transfer to the Prep or Senior School. International students between 14 – 16 years old join our prestigious one- or two-year GCSE programme on our Foxcombe campus, providing students with the best possible preparation for Sixth Form study. For those international students with high levels of English, we are able to offer places directly into our Prep School (ages 7 – 12) or Senior School (ages 13 – 18). No matter where you start in Taunton School, you are guaranteed a warm welcome and individual care that is second to none. We aim to nurture, challenge and inspire every student through academic rigour, outstanding pastoral care, a wide co-curricular provision and by developing a strong sense of purpose and responsibility in our local and global communities.

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7 days boarding: 

GBP 14,970 per term

About the school

The Grange has wonderful facilities to aid work, rest and play, with two recreation rooms housing a sofa, TV and a pool table donated by the Queen Mother. The Grange students also make the most of our Orangery with kitchen and dining facilities, a large Art studio and an ICT suite. Our purpose built Forest Classroom has been designed to provide extra space for ‘outdoor learning’, musical activities, dance club and cinema nights. For those students keen on fresh air, there is an outdoor gym, table tennis, a large ornamental garden, an astro-turf pitch for sports activities and a wooded area known as ‘The Spinney’ which is an ideal space both for teaching and recreation.

Foxcombe is on the main school campus allowing our international students full access to the extensive and spacious 56-acre grounds. The school was founded in 1847 and the beautiful old buildings are complemented by exceptional modern facilities including two swimming pools, a fitness suite, two sports halls, two all-weather pitches, tennis courts, a modern theatre, a music school, a large library, well equipped Art studios and the latest ICT suites. Our Science labs are perfectly equipped and our Design and Technology department is outstanding with the latest technology. Our campus also features fully staffed day and boarding houses, health centre and Chapel.

Boarding houses are furnished to a very high standard and our dedicated House Staff are always on hand to offer support and encouragement. With 24-hour medical care available from our Health Centre, supported by a team of doctors, nurses, matrons, counsellors, residential tutors and House Parents, we put the students and their wellbeing at the heart of what we do.  Our staff understand that this is, for many, their first experience of life away from home, and work hard to ensure a friendly, family atmosphere which includes: • Separate boarding houses for boys and girls • Experienced House Parents and staff living in the houses • Comfortable bedrooms for one to four students • Excellent bathroom facilities, including a number of en suite rooms • A safe and secure rural campus • Exceptional facilities • A full evening and weekend activity programme • Provision for all dietary needs and requirements • An on-site medical centre staffed by a dedicated Matron • Telephone and wifi access • Laundry and daily cleaning • No exeat weekends

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Sport and culture

Developing well-rounded students is an important part of the school’s ethos and consequently, we offer an extensive range of co-curricular activities that will appeal to all students. For those students who enjoy Games and Sports, there are many opportunities to get involved and possibly try something new. Our sports include Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Tennis, Swimming, Badminton, Basketball, Horse Riding, Climbing, Golf, Athletics, Cross Country Running and Squash, with highly-qualified coaches available to develop even the very best of sportsmen and women.

Many of our students will involve themselves in Music and, whether you already play an instrument or would like to take up a new instrument, everyone is welcome in our outstanding Music School. There are many concerts and performances throughout the year and we encourage all our young musicians to become part of one of our orchestras, choirs, ensembles or bands. Every year, Taunton School puts on elaborate theatre performances in our purpose-built theatre and there are wonderful opportunities to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes

Location Description

Taunton is the county town of Somerset, in the South West of England. The region enjoys good weather, areas of outstanding natural beauty and a wonderful coastline. The cities of Bristol and Exeter are under 1 hour away in travel time and Taunton is on main road and rail links to London and other major cities. London is 1 hour 45 minutes by train, Exeter International Airport and Bristol International Airport are both 40 minutes away by car. Heathrow London Airport is 2 hours and 30 minutes away and London Gatwick Airport is 3 hours and 30 minutes away. Taunton School is situated in Taunton in the beautiful English countryside and benefits from clean air and a safe environment away from large urban populations. Taunton School is walking distance from the town centre which has excellent amenities and is the perfect place to do some shopping, meet for coffee or visit the theatre or cinema during evenings and weekends.

Staplegrove Road, Taunton, Somerset TA2 6AD

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