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This school is flying, brimming with enthusiasm and passion for learning, smashing it on the sports field and bounding with extracurricula opportunities. It has gradually – and with ‘a deliberate strategy’ – lifted its academic game. While still standing by its inclusivity banner and celebrating the not (overly) selective image that it fosters, it is quietly...

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King's College, Taunton is a leading co-educational 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.
The school has a strong boarding ethos, creating a home from home environment for pupils. Weekends are busy and purposeful, with lessons and sport on Saturdays, and activities and trips often taking place on Sundays. Boarders and day pupils live and study side-by-side. Friendships developed are often extraordinarily long-lived. Boarders come from far and wide. Many are local. A few live closer to the school than some of their day pupil friends. Others come from the south west of England; others from further afield in the UK and some from overseas. This makes for a varied and vibrant community within the houses.

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 latest addition is a new art studio to complement the existing art facilities.

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; Olympic gold medalist Maddie Hinch is a former pupil; 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, runners up in 2015 and winners again in 2016..
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2007, Richard Biggs BSC MA (50s), previously deputy head at Lancing. A South African, he studied for his first degree (physics) at University of Cape Town before coming to the UK to study for a master’s (maths and philosophy) at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. Intending to head home afterwards, a job offer changed his course leading to 13 years teaching at Magdalen College School as teacher of maths and physics then director of studies, before being promoted to deputy head at Lancing, where he stayed for six years.

His 14 years at the helm of King’s College have been a resounding success story with academic results, sporting reputation, co-curricular offering and admissions booming. Recently they have reached capacity in most year groups and have opened a waiting list...

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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
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
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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