Welcome to King's College, Taunton
Welcome to the King's College website. We hope you enjoy this snapshot of life in our busy, friendly community. King's College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school in Taunton, Somerset with over 460 pupils aged 13-18 years.
2018 ISI Inspection Report
King’s College celebrated the result of a full inspection in March 2018. The school was judged to be “excellent” in both the achievement and the personal development of its pupils – the highest possible rating under the current inspection framework.Read More
A Message from the Headmaster
I hope our website will convey a sense of the spirit of this wonderful school. I hope, too, that it convinces you to come and see us. No website can give a complete picture, but you will find here a flavour of the things we do at King's. Read more...
Joining at 11
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 460 pupils from 13 to 18. Both schools provide inspirational teaching. Superb facilities and our nurturing of individual potential combine to create an environment in which young people achieve great things.
When it comes to the move to ‘big school’ at age 11, many parents assume that the best choice is to progress straight to a senior school that has an 11+ intake and runs all the way to age 16 or 18.
In our two-site model, pupils joining at 11 begin in the more intimate atmosphere of King’s Hall School, where they find their feet before moving at 13 to our senior school, King’s College.
Experience has shown us that 13 is the best age for children to join older boys and girls in a new school environment and this approach avoids the need for one huge leap to a large, new senior school at the age of 11.
Joining at 13
For those joining us at 13, we hold a number of events ahead of Michaelmas Term, to help pupils get to know the school a little better, to help them prepare for the term ahead, and to enable them to make new friends and meet their houseparents and tutors.
In the first few days of the new school term, each new pupil has a buddy and a tutor, both of whom will be there to help them find their feet as they navigate through the two week induction process.
In the Third Form all pupils take a wide range of subjects, including design technology, music, drama and PE. All pupils are offered the option of a second foreign language (German or Spanish), and it is also possible to take Latin. In addition, there are lessons in study skills, personal and social education (PSHE), information and communication technology (ICT) , philosophy and religion, and thinking, Research and communication skills (TRC).
Our aim is to make the Third Form curriculum as exciting and as challenging as possible. As well as preparing Third Formers for the start of their GCSE courses, we hope to expose them to a wide range of new ideas, teaching them useful techniques and instilling productive work habits.
In addition to an all-round academic education, there are lots of opportunities to try new sports and activities with our extensive sports and co-curricular programmes.
Joining at 16
Many pupils decide to join King's at 16. Sixth Form years can be the most exciting period in a person’s education. Pupils study subjects of their choice, and they study these subjects to a greater depth. They can follow their own lines of thought while working closely with teachers and peers. There is no other time when there is so much potential for being influenced by new ideas. Often pupils arrive with one career in mind and leave with a completely different plan, having been inspired by an experience or a person at school.
King’s College is an excellent place to spend the Sixth Form years. It has inspirational teachers, who are experts in their field, love their subject and are committed to their pupils. Classes are small and there are voluntary drop-in clinics for pupils who want some individual attention. But don't just take this from us, listen to what our Sixth Form pupils have to say.
“It has been really wonderful to watch my grandson grow and blossom under yours, and the school's encouragement. I feel he has left thoroughly grounded in the true principles of living, and is so well equipped to go out into the world and make his own mark. He and his friends had developed a really strong bond, and I hope they keep connected: they all seemed to me to be particularly charming and talented and a wonderful advertisement for King's College.”
- Grandmother of a pupil who recently completed his A levels at King's (also former pupil of King's Hall School)
“Pupils develop a love of learning which is rooted in both the expert subject knowledge and lesson planning of teachers, and in the breadth of the curriculum.”
- ISI Inspection Report 2018
“Whilst a school is there to meet standards, and is of course judged by grades, the tuition offered at King's allows students to delve into the depth of subjects available. Often I found myself learning, not to meet a target, but because I was encouraged to enjoy the subject, and to find out more about the subject matter. This was further enhanced by the array of societies that I was able to join and participate in. Not only have I left King's with a place at a Russell Group university, but I have left feeling academically enriched.”
- Former pupil who completed his A levels at King's
“When we spoke with Richard a year ago, I remember he had a good feeling about our daughter joining King's. A year on, I can say she has had, without doubt, the best year of her school career and I have never known her to be so happy. She has blossomed before our eyes and we are so pleased with everything that King's has done for her.”
- Parent of a pupil who joined 12 months ago into the Third Form
“Our son felt valued and supported throughout his five years at King’s and, as a result, he thrived. As parents we could not have asked for any more from the School.”
- Parents of a pupil who has recently completed his A levels at King's