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Classrooms bright and well equipped, students engaged even as lunchtime became imminent, teachers giving it plenty. A good number of teachers here did something else first. ‘This is a school that really values breadth,’ a parent told us. Another: ‘Taunton students have absolutely no understanding of boredom’. All parents agree that when lessons are over there’s masses to do. Famous victories and lean spells alike are recorded in the Courier, the excellent weekly e-mag that records dash and enterprise in all areas of school life. Exhaustive coverage allows for the greatest number of students to be namechecked...

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What the school says...

Taunton School is a leading independent boarding and day school for boys & girls aged 0 to 18 years. The aim of Taunton School is to develop personable, self-confident and articulate young adults with good academic credentials.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Logic / Philosophy at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Business Studies: Single at an English Independent School (Cambridge Int Certificate Level 1/Level 2)


International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.


Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Lee Glaser MA BSc PGCE, deputy head since 2009. Educated at his local comp in Blackpool and Liverpool University (maths). Qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, then turned his back on bean-counting and trained to be a teacher. Millfield for 14 years, maths teacher, senior master and director of sport; he’s a diehard sports enthusiast rather than a dead good player. By general agreement he has made a very decent fist of taking over from a bouncy, charismatic head with a silver tongue and a penchant for continuous change. There’s been enough of that; Mr Glaser’s here to get the trains running on time and bed things down. Doesn’t mean innovation is off the cards by any means, mind. Spent his first year appointing a new senior management team...

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Special Education Needs

The Learning Support department is staffed and resourced to meet the needs of individual pupils with a range of learning difficulties. The department is an integral part of the academic and pastoral system of the school and its policies and practices ensure a common philosophy in support of the school's aim - that all pupils are equally valued, irrespective of ability.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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 Y
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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