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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...

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What the school says...

We are the forward thinking independent school, creating caring, ambitious, well balanced and academically strong individuals.
At Queen’s College, we pride ourselves on our family values, friendly atmosphere and excellent pastoral care. Our cheerful students are encouraged to take informed risks and learn in a supportive and empowered way.
Queen’s is a centre of excellence for thinking and creativity whilst providing a bespoke, individualised education, designed to meet the needs of every member of our diverse community.
Situated in Trull, one of the most sought after areas, on the edge of the county town of Taunton providing easy rail links to Bristol and London. Our beautiful campus and facilities allow every individual to discover their passions.
Queen’s is well known for the creative and performing arts with large scale productions taking place in our 570-seat theatre, boasting state of the art sound and lighting.
Queen’s offers a plethora of sports from the traditional rugby, hockey and netball, to pursuits as far ranging as canoe polo and fencing. Our excellent coaching and facilities is reflected by more than a dozen of our students who have represented their country on the international stage in recent years.
Queen’s offers excellent outdoor pursuits programmes – with opportunities to kayak, cycle and climb and is one of the region’s largest cohorts for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Our well rounded pupils have everything they need to succeed - resulting in outstanding academic achievements. In 2020, 81% of A level students gained A*-C grades and the vast majority took up their first-choice place at university, including two being accepted to Oxbridge.
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Head of College

Since September 2021, Julian Noad, formerly head of Oswestry School in Shropshire for seven years and before that deputy head of Rydal Penrhos – like Queen’s, a member of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST). He also spent 12 years at Clifton College in Bristol, including six as a housemaster. Has a long history of playing and coaching rugby, football, squash and fives, but has more recently concentrated on cross-country running and running. Still coaches. Also loves sailing, including yacht racing. Married with two children, both at university.


About 60 per cent of senior school entrants come from the junior school without let or hindrance, unless they are trying for a scholarship or have specific learning difficulties. Others arrive from local primaries at 11, yet more from the odd prep school at 13+...

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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
Dyslexia Y
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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