Queen's College Taunton A GSG School Review
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What The Good Schools Guide says..
Lessons are kind and calm. Parents praise the ‘lack of pressure to be the best, just constant gentle encouragement. It’s not a pointy elbowed culture.’ Modern, bright classrooms and engaging staff abound. ‘This is why people choose this school,’ said pupils and staff repeatedly as they walked us through the art and co-curricular offerings and it was hard not to be awestruck by what we were shown. Co-curricular is absolutely embedded into the school day and pupils are eloquent in expressing the life benefits…Read more
- Queen's College Taunton
- Head: Mr Julian Noad
- T 01823 340830
- F 01823 338430
- E [email protected]
- W www.queenscollege.org.uk
- Queen's College Taunton is a mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 11 to 18 with a linked junior school. Queen's College Taunton day fees are £16,845 - £20,670 and boarding fees are £27,585 - £36,915 pa. What do parents have to say about Queen's College Taunton? Find out here, read the full review.
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Somerset
- Pupils: 405; sixth formers: 102
- Religion: Christian Inter-denominational
- Fees: Day £17,985 - £22,350; Boarding £31,860 - £39,885 pa
- Open days: October and March
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
- ISI report: View the ISI report
- Linked schools: Queen's College Prep School (Taunton)
What the school says...
We are the forward thinking independent school, creating caring, ambitious, well balanced and academically strong individuals.
At Queen’s College, we pride ourselves on our family values, friendly atmosphere and excellent pastoral care. Our cheerful students are encouraged to take informed risks and learn in a supportive and empowered way.
Queen’s is a centre of excellence for thinking and creativity whilst providing a bespoke, individualised education, designed to meet the needs of every member of our diverse community.
Situated in Trull, one of the most sought after areas, on the edge of the county town of Taunton providing easy rail links to Bristol and London. Our beautiful campus and facilities allow every individual to discover their passions.
Queen’s is well known for the creative and performing arts with large scale productions taking place in our 570-seat theatre, boasting state of the art sound and lighting.
Queen’s offers a plethora of sports from the traditional rugby, hockey and netball, to pursuits as far ranging as canoe polo and fencing. Our excellent coaching and facilities is reflected by more than a dozen of our students who have represented their country on the international stage in recent years.
Queen’s offers excellent outdoor pursuits programmes – with opportunities to kayak, cycle and climb and is one of the region’s largest cohorts for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Our well rounded pupils have everything they need to succeed - resulting in outstanding academic achievements. In 2020, 81% of A level students gained A*-C grades and the vast majority took up their first-choice place at university, including two being accepted to Oxbridge. ...Read more
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Since 2021, Julian Noad, formerly head of Oswestry School, Shropshire. He is a head on a mission, absolutely determined to bring Queen’s College to the front of the queue for any parent or pupil struggling to find the right choice from the impressively competitive independent school market in Taunton. ‘We have been the hidden gem for too long, it’s time to come out of hiding,’ he proclaims. Certainly there is an incredible energy and positivity to both his headship and, as a result, the school. Parents heaped huge praise on him personally and the ‘massive boost’ that he has brought to Queen’s.
His wife Jane (also a teaching professional) matches him in dedication and enthusiasm, followed at every step by their family dog. ‘Very much a team,’ applaud parents. This determined trio sum up the feel...
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Results by exam and subject
Special Education Needs
We have been helping young people with dyslexia for more than 28 years. Our pupils have access to the whole curriculum and are encouraged to aim as high as their academic abilities permit. Our dyslexic pupils generally do very well in public examinations, many gaining an impressive number of A grades at GCSE, AS and A2 before progressing to university. Our specialist staff, who are highly experienced and comprehensively trained, work in a well-equipped and centrally-located suite of rooms. We are a dyslexia-friendly school and all staff receive regular in-service training to keep them up-to-date on specific learning difficulties and with useful classroom strategies which they can implement to help pupils who have difficulties. Teaching is based on the widely accepted multi-sensory approach but we believe that there isn’t one magic method which suits everyone so approaches and techniques are chosen which will be appropriate for the individual. Each pupil works at his or her own pace and for each individual the ultimate goal will be different. Pupils generally have one individual lesson each week and support continues for as long as the need exists. There is an additional charge for this support.
|Provision for in school
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
|English as an additional language (EAL)
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
|Has SEN unit or class
|HI - Hearing Impairment
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
|Natspec Specialist Colleges
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
|PD - Physical Disability
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
|VI - Visual Impairment
Who came from where
|Exeter Cathedral School
|1 Academic Scholarship
|Queen's College Prep School (Taunton)
|95% to the senior school
|St Peter's Preparatory School
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