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Games are taken very seriously. An excellent indoor swimming pool, very good teaching facilities - new, brightly coloured and functional - with an atmosphere of busy purpose...One boy showed us with justifiable pride a hole in a prefab-looking building where...

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Taunton Prep School is a thriving co-educational day and boarding school. Our dynamic and highly stimulating Nursery and Pre-Prep departments feed boys and girls into Year 3 of the Prep School; our pupils are ready to learn, ready to have fun and ready to face a busy day.

A broad curriculum encourages independent learning and thinking skills. We pride ourselves on a full programme of extra-curricular activities, including a range of expressive arts, giving children the opportunity to thrive and develop confidence. Pupils take part in a wide range of sports and children have opportunities to participate in matches at a regional and national level in IAPS tournaments.

Pastoral care at Taunton Prep School is excellent. Pupils are encouraged to respect each other and their surroundings and abide by our simple Golden Rules. Pupils leave us at the end of Year 8, looking forward to life in the senior school, keen to learn, excited about their learning and prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. It is often commented by many that Taunton Prep School pupils are confident, but never arrogant.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Games are taken very seriously. An excellent indoor swimming pool, very good teaching facilities - new, brightly coloured and functional - with an atmosphere of busy purpose...One boy showed us with justifiable pride a hole in a prefab-looking building where he had driven a cricket ball ('It was an off drive, you see').


Since September 2013, Mr Duncan Sinclair MA HDE. Born in Zimbabwe, he moved to South Africa at the age of 7. Read English and environmental science at the University of Cape Town before completing a higher diploma in education. Began his teaching career in Cape Town, also coaching cricket, rugby and athletics. At the same time, he enjoyed a secondary career as a semi-professional rugby player representing Western Province as a second row forward. Moved to St Michael’s Preparatory School, Kent, in 2002...

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Special Education Needs

We are fortunate in having a Learning Success Department at Taunton Preparatory School, to give additional support to a variety of learning needs. This is staffed by a team of highly qualified specialist teachers, able to give extra support in literacy and/or numeracy, to the child’s specific level of learning, where the child is failing to respond sufficiently to the small classes offered at Taunton Preparatory School. We do, however, anticipate that the child will be able to cope with the mainstream curriculum. Our provision allows for specialist support rather than for extensive individual teaching. This type of specialist support is partly financed from the school budget. The remaining costs are met by the additional payments from those receiving the individual/small group specialist tuition. Details of the cost of extra fees per term are given in the Fee Schedule. Please note that the initial internal assessment is free of charge. Discussion of charges may be needed if a child requires considerable extra support. Should further assessment by an outside specialist be required, this can be arranged, and parents are billed directly by the outside specialist. It is TPS policy that any pupils receiving Learning Success support during their Year 7 will require a full educational assessment by an Educational Psychologist to ensure that they receive the correct level of dispensation for school and external examinations. Dispensations determined by such an assessment in Year 7 are usually valid for their GCSEs. This assessment is charged to the parents. Dec 09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
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
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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