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One parent we spoke to chose Queen’s specifically for its academics, another because her child ‘did not shine academically, but has not been made to feel inferior by staff or pupils’. Stand-out subjects for the students are geography, chemistry and maths – ‘but the sport and music are also amazing’, our guides reported.  Just the place for sportsmen and women, but ‘equally OK for incredibly anti-sports daughter,’ according to one mother, who added that it is ‘much more geared towards music, drama and the arts than the other Taunton schools’...

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What the school says...

Queen’s College is one of the top academic schools in the South West of England with 700 pupils including more than 200 boarders.
Queen’s is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, small class sizes and excellent pastoral care.
Mutual respect and positive attitudes allow students to take informed risks, make mistakes and learn in a supportive and empowered way.
From an academic perspective, 62% of A level students gained A*-B grades in 2017 and the vast majority took up their first-choice place at university.
The school is also well-known for top results in the creative and performing arts – it has a 500-seat theatre and its own professional orchestra-in-residence – while
excellent teaching facilities in science and maths are reflected in outstanding academic achievements.
A wide variety of co-curricular activities take place and – on the sports field – more than a dozen students have represented their country on the international stage in recent years.
Traditional sports, such as rugby, hockey and netball, are supplemented by a plethora of other pursuits as far ranging as canoe polo and scuba diving.
Queen’s is a centre of excellence for outdoor pursuits – with opportunities to horse ride, kayak and climb – and has one of the region’s largest cohorts for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The school also runs a comprehensive programme of trips – both in the UK and abroad – and has an active Model United Nations offering.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Mathematics (Further) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Business Studies & Econs at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Business Studies & Econs at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking ESOL at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking ESOL at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)

Other features

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Sports

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since September 2016, Dr Lorraine Earps, previously deputy and then acting head here (following the resignation of previous head Chris Alcock in May 2016, following allegations that he had breached the school's code of conduct). Degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Southampton, plus a doctorate in protein chemistry; taught in the state sector for six years; has also been head of chemistry at Stockport Grammar and director of studies at Withington Girls. Married with a son.

Academic matters

Not particularly academically selective, and latest exam results dropped off somewhat in 2018, possibly a function of more rigorous GCSE and A level demands. At GCSE, 43 per cent of grades were 7-9/A/A*; at A level 56 per cent were B or above, with 33 per cent A/A*. Pressure to achieve top grades is not the way Queen’s...

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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.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
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
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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