Fantastic Facilities in Extensive Grounds
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.
Buildings have been added continuously since the school was founded, resulting in a campus rich in interesting architecture and boasting generous, world-class facilities for learning, sport, the creative arts and boarding.
The Silvermead Art Studio
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.
The new studio is light and spacious, allowing for large-scale collaborative projects to take place. The mezzanine floor is equipped with a quiet space, housing computers and other equipment for digital work.
Sports Performance and Cricket School
Spring 2018 saw the opening of a fantastic 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.
Netball and Tennis Dome
In Autumn 2017, thanks to kind donations from our alumni, we opened our Tennis and Netball Dome. The new facility now enables tennis coaching to take place all-year round.
Off-site located in nearby Orchard Portman
With a growing interest in riding at both King's Hall and King's College, and with increased expressions of interest about pupils bringing their own ponies to school, we developed and established the King's Equestrian Centre in September 2018.
The centre is a self-contained yard consisting of 11 stables and grazing, and the usual tack rooms, rug rooms and feed store, plus a common room area. Located just fifteen minutes' drive from King's Hall, and five minutes from King's College, pupils have access to an outdoor 20x40m arena and off-road hacking accessible down quiet country lanes. The whole site sits within close proximity to the Blackdown Hills.
Pupils with their own ponies, and those who have opted for the King's Horse package, ride three to four times a week as part of an equestrian timetable.
Swimming and Aquatics
Our 25m pool is a busy and active place. As well as providing a fabulous on-site facility to our swim team, it also hosts a number of swimming and aquatics programmes, including swim club, kayaking, water polo and primary school lessons.
We have two full sized, floodlit
astro pitches that enable fast paced play. Sand-based, they are as lively as a
water based pitch, providing our pupils with access to an all-weather surface
for developing their hockey skills.
King's is an England Hockey Performance Centre and also hosts hockey clubs as well as training and competitions as part of County Academy Centres.
Indoor Climbing Wall
A new addition in 2016, our indoor climbing wall offers pupils the opportunity to get involved in one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and world wide.
Rock climbing – whether artificial or real – is a fun and challenging activity for both children and adults. Having this indoor facility enables pupils to experience the activity in a safe environment. It also helps them to prepare for numerous outdoor climbing sessions that take place as part of our extensive Co-Curricular activities programme.
As well as providing the body with obvious physical benefits, learning to climb can also be mentally stimulating, helping to improve cognitive skills.
A great confidence builder, climbing teaches pupils about responsibility, risk, safety, trust and communication.
Our climbing staff are qualified and experienced.
The Philip Richards Building
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.
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 Dining Hall
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, drama studio and drama classroom for lessons, shows and lectures.
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.
With an increase to our external sports bookings, we have recently installed a public access defibrillator at the entrance to our Swimming Pool. With King’s staff, pupils and visitors regularly using the school’s sporting facilities, this new device will benefit the whole community.
The school currently has defibrillators in the Medical Centre and School Reception, however these are not always accessible during the school holidays.
The new defibrillator, which will provide life-saving treatment all-year round, is located on the outside wall of the Swimming Pool. To gain access, the person wanting to use it needs to dial 999 and follow the instructions on the inside of the cabinet. The receiving ambulance control operator will require the postcode of the school and the location of the defibrillator to enable them to release an access code.
King’s College Health and Safety Officer, Phil Musgrove, is the registered guardian. He will be required to report monthly to the ambulance service, and will regularly monitor the defibrillator. If you have any questions, please contact Phil on PJMusgrove@kings-taunton.co.uk.