Summer Term 2019 | King's College Taunton

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Introducing our Head of EAL

Introducing our Head of EAL


Sandra Lawson forms an integral part of our EAL programme having extensive experience teaching English to pupils of all nationalities. Sandra and her team prepare pupils from Third Form through to Sixth Form for Cambridge ESOL exams (PET, FCE, Advanced and IELTS) and also offers subject-specific support to individual pupils where necessary.

Having lived for many years in Italy, Sandra has a great understanding of the cultural impact of living abroad and takes a keen interest in the pastoral welfare of our international pupils.

Prior to pupils joining the school, Sandra assesses each pupil’s individual needs to ensure the correct amount of support is provided.

We are excited to be launching or new EAL programme providing extensive English language support for pupils across all year groups. The tiered system offers three different packages (different number of lessons) based on pupil assessments prior to admission. Families will also benefit from school transfers and linen for pupils on arrival through the new international package at King's Schools. Please see our EAL page for further details.


EAL
Password Testing

Password Testing


Pupil testing from September will also be advancing. We are delighted to be joining with the Password Testing Team to use their English Language Assessments that will soon be sent to agents.

Short Stay Pupils at King's Hall

Short Stay Pupils at King's Hall

During the summer half term, King's Hall welcomed seven new short-stay pupils from France, Italy and Spain.

Each year the boarding community welcomes short stay pupils in different terms and year groups, with many returning year after year.

We hope that all our short stay pupils Nicola, Irene, Gaia, Benedetta, Valaria, Aurelien, and Basile return to King's Hall in the future!


A Great British Adventure

A Great British Adventure

Our one year GCSE pupils ended the year on a high with two weeks of activities. All pupils had to create a blog and video of their two weeks entitled 'A Great British Adventure'.

The group went camping, took trips to local beaches, visited Bristol and had days in school undertaking science, art and cookery workshops.

This was a brilliant end to the year. The pupils worked incredibly hard to achieve their GCSEs in one year, and along the way, built new friendships, explored new opportunities, and enjoyed new experiences.

Please watch the video they created to see just how much they had on the 'Great British Adventure'!


A Great British Adventure – Pupil Video

This Year in Numbers at King's Schools

18 One Year GCSE pupils – 10 Summer short stay pupils at King's Hall – 7 different nationalities welcomed into boarding at King's Hall – 17 nationalities at King's College – 6 pupils extending their stays – 34 one year stays across both schools.

Italian Evening Celebrations

Italian Evening Celebrations

Fabulous food, friends, and lots of fun are the key to a successful King’s Hall dinner party. Our boarders experienced all three as our catering team threw a fabulous Italian themed night – family style!

With an extensive menu of antipasti, mushroom and parmesan risotto, margherita pizza, and a delightful tiramisu, there wasn’t an empty belly in the house. The tables were adorned with checkered tablecloths, making everyone feel as though they were in a real pizzeria, and a range of topical selfie props proved extremely popular.

Science Success

Science Success

During the final week of the Lent term, our National Science Week celebrations came to an official close along with a number of our science-themed competitions.

The first of these was an essay-writing contest, in which pupils were invited to submit an article for the school’s science magazine, The Periodical. A pupil-led publication, the magazine features pieces that explore the limitless world of chemistry. Coinciding with its re-launch next term, essays could be submitted from any year group about any aspect of science.

Alongside this, pupils were encouraged to enter a design competition run by the Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee (MISAC). The brief was to create an A3 poster that would provide teenagers with a better understanding of the ways in which microbes are of benefit to agriculture.

International Fourth Form pupil Ella Dai produced an eye-catching entry, demonstrating a breakdown of the benefits of using microorganism products in livestock farming, and as a result, her poster will now represent King’s College in the final competition.

BBSConnected Members

BBSConnected Members



We are very pleased to be a member of the BBSConnected community and will be attending the November Bristish Boarding Schools Workshop. We look forward to seeing you there!

Admissions International Travel

Admissions International Travel

Since the end of the Lent Term, staff from both King's Hall and King's College have been travelling to meet families overseas.

King's Hall Headmaster, Mr Justin Chippendale, and Head of Marketing, Mr Steve King, attended the Anderson and Mark Brooks event in Lagos Nigeria. They met with existing and prospective parents. We look forward to returning next year.

Our Director of Admissions, Mrs Kate Rippin and Mr Julian Mack, Director of Development, travelled to Hong Kong to attend agent meetings and to meet with existing and new parents. A number of events took place including the well-attended parent and pupil tennis tournament.

Head of Taylor House, and Head of Equestrian, Mrs Emma Edwards, and Head of Geography and rugby coach, Mr Andrew Edwards, travelled to Kenya to the annual Ndume 7s rugby tournament, which is always a fantastic opportunity to meet current and new families. Thank you to Pembroke House for having us!



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Our Pringle team have returned victorious after competing in the Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy Competition at CTCRM Lympstone. This prestigious military competition is attended by schools from across the country, and challenges leadership, teamwork, decision-making, fitness and specific military knowledge.

Not only did the team win the overall title, they also lifted five individual trophies, making this the best result in the school's history.

More information to follow, plus a gallery of images from the weekend.