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Pupils unpretentious, happy to be there and grateful for all the opportunities the school offers. A boy from Hong Kong told us that he and his family had ‘looked at every school in the country and chosen this one’....

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Kings College, Taunton is a leading independent boarding and day school situated in the heart of the West Country, it offers a holistic education, strong on values of scholarship and community, together with all-round, world class provision in sport and the arts.

Recently opened facilities include a double all-weather hockey pitch, new tennis and netball courts, a well-equipped cookery school and a purpose-built library, Business Studies, IT and Sixth Form careers centre. In the Summer of 2014, a newly constructed amphitheatre was opened which is used for dramas, open air concerts and assemblies.

The school's achievements include BBC Song's of Praise School Choir of the Year; Wisden's most successful school cricket team in 2009 and runners up in 2010; Jos Buttler presently playing cricket for England; U16 girls' Hockey County Champions; winners of the Good Schools Guide best A level DT department award and four Arkwright Scholarships in the past four years, including the Royce Award; winners of the coveted Sir Steuart Pringle Marine Cadet Trophy in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking German at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Design & Technology Product Design at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Pupils unpretentious, happy to be there and grateful for all the opportunities the school offers. A boy from Hong Kong told us that he and his family had ‘looked at every school in the country and chosen this one’.

Headmaster

Since 2007 Mr Richard Biggs (early 50s) BSc MA, a product both of the UK’s and South Africa’s finest: his first degree (physics) from University of Cape Town, his masters (maths and philosophy) from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. Some barely discernible vowels hint at his upbringing in South Africa; his subsequent career has been entirely in the UK, at Magdalen College School as teacher of maths and physics then director of studies, from where he was promoted to deputy head at Lancing, thence to King's. Now into his eighth year of headship, he can look back...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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

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