Facilities

King's College occupies a secluded and beautiful site of over 80 acres on the south side of Taunton, and just a few minutes from the town centre. The main building is an outstanding example of nineteenth-century architecture, and the School Chapel is a striking blend of ancient and modern. There is ample parking, and the school also boasts modern kitchens that provide excellent food for all occasions.

Our Woodard Room is a lofty, spacious, beamed and prestigious setting for any meeting. This was once 'Big School', and housed all the teaching when the school moved from the centre of town in the 1880s. Now the Woodard Room is a flexible area, which can provide a memorable meeting place, or reception area for large numbers, and lunches or dinners can also be served. The Dining Hall, with its shields listing the names of those who have represented the school from the nineteenth century onwards, provides a setting for the special occasion. Up to 100 can lunch or dine here in an ambience that is unique.

All pupils and staff take their meals in the dining hall. Standards of catering are extremely high and all dietary needs can be met. The modern servery allows for a wide range of choices at each meal. The emphasis at all meals is on freshly-cooked and locally-sourced food. Pupils’ views on the catering provision are expressed through the Cafeteria Committee. Pupils’

King's College also has the finest concert hall in Taunton in its Chapel. This will seat up to 400, with excellent acoustics for the performers. We also have a theatre complex that houses the theatre, conference room and additional areas for lessons and meetings.

The King’s College Amphitheatre has been made possible by a generous donation from an OA. The stage is 5m in diameter and the seating can accommodate about 300 people. It has been built with low level lighting and ample power supply to support a range of uses, including drama and music. It is a wonderful addition to our performing arts provision, a useful outdoor classroom and also, a popular meeting space for pupils.

The Philip Richards Building was opened in May 2011 by historian and author Tom Holland. The project was generously funded by Mr Philip Richards OA, Tuckwell 1977. The complex not only provides the school with a new library but also IT suites, a Business Education department and a new Careers Centre.

Our art department received a boost in 2016 when the Silvermead Studio was completed to complement the existing art facilities. This modern, light and versatile new building was generously funded by an OA.

Autumn 2017 will see the opening of a state-of-the-art cricket performance centre, complete with three cricket lanes, full-length run-ups, PitchVision technology and a playing surface like that of the indoor facility at Lord's.

We also have an on-site Medical Centre, which is an excellent modern facility with a resident qualified sister in charge.

Should you be interested in hiring any of our facilities please contact Lisa Hunt on 01823 328216 or email her at: lmhunt@kings-taunton.co.uk. The Events Team will be delighted to discuss your individual requirements, and look forward to welcoming you to King's College.

To hire our sport facilities please contact our Sports Lettings Co-ordinator Laura Bennett: LCBennett@kings-taunton.co.uk

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