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In 1952 the junior school that was based at the South Road site moved to the stunning setting of Pyrland Hall, a Georgian mansion overlooking Taunton. The main building houses Reception, the Headmaster's office, the Library and the Woodard Room, as well as the Staff Common Room and kitchens.
Named after the school’s founder Canon Nathaniel Woodard, this it the school's main function room. It benefits from brilliant natural light and high ceilings, and is the ideal space for formal meetings as well as hobbies.
The library is at the heart of the school, and a vibrant and engaging place where pupils are encouraged to discover the joys of reading for pleasure, as well as a resource for academic research.
This beautiful rose-covered garden is an ideal place to meet friends or sit quietly and appreciate the sculptures created by local weaver and former parent Fon Cosen.
All pupils take their meals in the dining hall after selecting a healthy and nutritious meal from the modern servery.
This area is a hive of activity as pupils move between lessons and hurry out at break times.
The IT suites are equipped with 50 networked computers and a host of computer-based technology that teaches children to think computationally and become better equipped to function in modern society.
Pupils with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as EAL pupils, benefit from individually tailored learning programmes and specialist teaching in this lively and welcoming resource.
In our state-of-the-art science laboratories we aim to challenge each child’s ability to hypothesise, plan and reason whilst simultaneously nurturing a sense of awe and wonder for the natural world.
The West Wing houses modern, light and spacious classrooms, and provides access to the Science Building and boarding houses.
The residence of our Headmaster, Mr Justin Chippendale
The Cookery School was opened in 2019 by former Masterchef quarter-finalist, Hope Pointing. The bright and modern space enables pupils to explore and develop a range of life skills, as well as helping to ignite a love of cooking and healthy eating.
This dedicated suite of classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and 'learnpads' which complement an excellent range of resources designed to enhance learning.
Pupils work in a specialist workshop with a range of equipment and materials such as wood, plastic, textiles, card and electrical components. From an early age, children develop their creativity and imagination, and are taught the necessary practical skills and processes to solve design problems.
The Art Room is constantly busy with children working with a wide range of media and equipment to create 2D and 3D work, as well as digital and computer manipulated projects.
The Music Room contains a array of instruments, an interactive whiteboard and a number of computers with dedicated music software including Sibelius. As music is so fully integrated into our technological lives, so our teaching includes a multimedia approach to teaching and music-making.
Used for break times and PE, this is the perfect space to let off steam, practice and have fun outside the classroom.
The Sports Hall is used for PE and games lessons, as well as for co-curricular activities such as rugby, football, hockey, tennis, tae-kwon-do and cricket.
The dedicated Arts Centre has staging that can be adapted to create a variety of sets, plus curtains, raked seating and a complete lighting rig and sound system. It is used for spectacular plays as well as assemblies and lessons.
This outside area is designated to children in Year 3 and 4 as they transition from Pre-Prep to the Prep school. It provides the perfect setting in which to play and take lessons outside if the weather is good.
In the Summer Term, the outdoor heated pool provides a popular facility amongst our children for the learning of swimming techniques, personal survival and life-saving skills.
The Bunting Room is used for extended care in the mornings and afternoons. Children are registered and supervised as they play, colour, read or watch television and enjoy a varied menu for tea, all under the watchful eye of qualified staff.
The Adventure Playground includes a lookout tower, swings and traversing ropes designed to enhanced each child's outdoor experience in a safe environment.
This enclosed area is formally the walled garden of Pyrland Hall, and offers a unique and sheltered environment in which to play ball games on a hard surface.
Children from nursery age to seven learn to become independent, active learners in this self-contained area. With easy access to Little Woods, their dedicated play area, the Arts Centre and the Log Cabin, they are at the heart of the school.
The children in Nursery are in two rooms; Nursery 1 welcomes children from the age of two, and Nursery 2 is home to children in their pre-school year. It is positioned next to the Reception classrooms with whom they share a secure, purpose-built outside area.
This is the Nursery and Pre-Prep library that has been imaginatively stocked by our Chartered Librarian It is a fun space in which the children enjoy their favourite books from the comfort of vibrant toadstool chairs.
Whatever the weather, Nursery and Reception children spend time in Little Woods building dens, learning to use tools safely, using natural sustainable materials to complete projects and generally get exceptionally muddy.
The school has a large Astro turf pitch that provides the perfect setting for pupils to practice and compete in fixtures.
Situated opposite the Astro turf pitch, the café is where spectators gather to enjoy a delicious snack, warm up during cold matches and catch-up with friends over a coffee.
In the summer, two cricket wickets are cut in to this large playing field and children practice their skills in the outdoor, all weather cricket nets. Pupils also use the field to burn off energy during break times, play games and have fun.
The top Field has enough space for a 400m running track and long jump pit, three cricket wickets in the summer and four rugby pitches in the winter, plus areas for training.
Whilst Nursery and Reception children enjoy our Little Woods, pupils in Year 1 and 2 are in Big Woods. They build dens, learn to use tools safely, use natural sustainable materials to complete projects, cook using our child-built cob oven and enjoy going on muddy adventures.
Our school shop stocks all the uniform items your child needs and includes some second-hand clothing. There is space to try on clothing and appointments can be arranged throughout the year.
This large open space is used for a range of hobbies such as archery, the King's Loop, golf and football. It's also ideal for events such as the annual firework display, Pyrland Day and summer picnics.
1 Main building (Pemberton Room / School Office / Headmaster’s Office / Deputy Head’s Offices / Boarding House - upstairs)
2 Woodard Room
4 Memorial Garden
5 Dining Room
6 Outer Quad
7 ICT Suites
8 Learning Strategies
9 Science Building
10 West Wing (Maths / Geography)
11 Headmaster’s House
12 Cookery School
13 Language Cabin
14 Design Technology
15 Art Room
16 Music Room
17 Hard Play Area
18 Sports Hall
19 Arts Centre
20 The Rose Garden
21 Swimming Pool
22 Bunting Room
23 Adventure Playgound
24 Netball and Tennis Courts
27 Log Cabin
28 Little Woods
29 Astro Turf Pitches
30 Astro Cafè
31 North Field
32 Top Field
33 Big Woods
34 Uniform Shop
35 Front Field