King’s College, Taunton
Located in the town of Taunton in the heart of Somerset county, King’s College is an expanding boarding and day school for 13- to 18-year-olds. Together with its associated prep school, King’s Hall, the College is part of the esteemed Woodard Corporation.
What makes King’s special?
As with all Woodard schools, a great deal of emphasis is placed on nurturing the individual: central to the ethos of the school: consideration, kindness and respect for one another. Boarding is a strong feature, helping to create a genuine family atmosphere.
Small class sizes, specialist teaching and respect for the value of hard work sizes all ensure that students progress and fulfil their ambitions to study at their first-choice universities. Confident, young citizens are made through sporting activities, Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and music and performing arts.
Excellence in sport, music, drama and outward bound
The school’s inspirational choir has won the Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year, while the orchestra regularly performs works belonging to the standard professional repertoire. State-of-the-art drama and theatre studios ensure a high level of performing arts.
King’s is an England and Wales Cricket Board Centre of Excellence, with achievements including the prestigious award of Wisden School Cricket Team of the Year. Eight former pupils now play professional cricket and rugby, including cricketers Jos Buttler (England and Lancashire) Craig Meschede (Somerset) and Alex Barrow (Somerset) and England rugby international Tom Voyce, while England women’s hockey goalkeeper, Maddie Hinch, also attended King’s. The girls’ under 18 football team have been national cup winners.
Why do parents recommend King’s?
In one questionnaire distributed to parents, in answer to the question, ‘What aspect of the school would you highlight in describing it to other parents?’, the following comments were made:
‘This is an excellent school, with happy normal kids and impressive staff. Superb.’
‘Both children are thriving in their new environment and take pleasure from all aspects of their education’
‘A school where the word ‘community’ still means something.’
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