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Kings Hall School

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Sited in the mellow golden former home of the Yea baronetcy Pyrland Hall, dating from 1760, and surrounded by 50 acres of parkland and woods, this is an idyllic setting just minutes from Taunton. But it’s not precious - pupils here make the most of the space, freedom and mud to pursue a terrific range of activities and outdoor pursuits. King’s Hall is reckoned to be Taunton’s smartest and most academic prep school, partly because it’s the only place which prepares children for common entrance (and scholarships) at 13+...

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What the school says...

King's Hall School is a Woodard school and has close links with King's College, Taunton which is on a separate site about three miles away. The school is built around Pyrland Hall, a magnificent Georgian house on the edge of the Quantock Hills. The simply stunning 50 acre estate is entirely surrounded by National Trust farmland but is also within a mile of Taunton, the county town of Somerset. Bristol and Exeter are within easy reach whilst London is a two hour train journey or three hours via motorway.

There is an excellent record of academic, musical, dramatic and sporting achievements underpinned by a strong, family orientated sense of community. There is a programme of continual development: in the last twelve years this has included a new sports hall, performing arts centre used for concerts and drama productions, new changing areas, a computer centre for the Pre-Prep, an extensive ICT centre and an astroturf pitch as well as a superb Forest School as part of the estate.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2009, Justin Chippendale BSc (late 40s). His education and subsequent career have caused him to shuttle between Oxford and Taunton, starting at the Dragon, thence to King’s Taunton, back to Oxford Brookes for a degree in biology, exercise and health, a stint as housemaster at the Dragon, a detour to Chafyn Grove as deputy head, then back to Taunton. Affectionately and inevitably known as Mr Chips, he works hard to put the child’s experience (of personal development, academic stimulus, physical challenge, artistic exploration and so on) as top priority at King’s Hall, closely followed by the quality of relationships: between staff and pupils/parents/each other. ‘I work on the invisibles and immeasurables,’ says he. But that’s not to endanger academic expectations: ‘It has to be cool to work, and okay to talk about work...

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Special Education Needs

Although not a specialist school, King's Hall makes provision for pupils with mild learning difficulties. The SEN Department was praised by ISI Inspection in 2004 as being a strength of the school. It is also recognised by the Services Education Allowances (SENA). 09-09

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