Taunton School International

Type of school: Co-Ed International study centre/International school

Nearest international airport: Bristol (60km)

Age Range: 8-17

Number of pupils: 144

Number of boarders: 144

Fees per term: Boarding: TSI £12,950; TSIMS £6,500 – £11,000 per term

Information

Taunton School is a traditional co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 0–18 years. The School is located on a beautiful and safe campus on the edge of Taunton town and has excellent road and rail links with London. Taunton School was founded in 1847 and the beautiful old buildings are complemented by modern facilities including two swimming pools, a fitness suite, a modern theatre, a music school, a spacious library, well-equipped art studios and latest Design & Technology suites with 3D printers and state of the art workshops. Taunton School is a lively, international community leading the way in independent education.  Pupils leaving Taunton School go on to top universities including Oxbridge. We offer the very successful IB Diploma alongside A Levels and Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science. Taunton School comprises Taunton School Nursery, Taunton School Preparatory, Taunton Senior School and Taunton School International, which all share the same spacious campus, as well as Taunton School International Middle School which is located in The Grange, a beautiful, traditional manor house close to Taunton School.

Taunton School International

Taunton School International was established by Taunton School in 1996 to provide an intensive preparation for international students wishing to complete their education in a traditional British Boarding school. Taunton School International has places for 84 boys and girls aged 15–17. Our One Year GCSE/Pre-IB Programme offers 23 examinable subjects and is an excellent preparation for students before they begin their A-level studies or the IB Diploma at Taunton School or elsewhere. This is a high-quality course preparing students well for life in a British boarding school academically, socially and culturally. We provide high-quality tuition where students study a range of academic subjects following the British National Curriculum. Class sizes are strictly a maximum of 10 students per class. All students also follow an intensive course in English for Academic Purposes. We want our students to participate fully in the life of their next school, and, to help them develop the self-confidence to do so, Taunton School International runs a wide variety of clubs and sports. We enjoy full use of Taunton School’s excellent facilities, which include AstroTurf sports pitches, two swimming pools, fitness suite, sports halls, and multi-purpose sports courts. We encourage our students to take part in the sporting, musical and house activities that are offered in Taunton School on weekdays and weekends. This is a good opportunity for our students to make friends with British students.

Accommodation and facilities

Taunton School International is fully residential and is a house in the Taunton School house system. Boys and girls live in separate houses in comfortable, recently renovated, single or mixed nationality bedrooms. Taunton School International has its own garden leading on to playing fields, a recreation hall, a newly built common room, IT rooms, two Science Labs and classrooms with interactive boards. Wireless access is also available throughout the School campus. Taunton School has its own medical centre providing 24-hour medical care.

Taunton School International Middle School

At the International Middle School, pupils aged 8–14 are provided with an intensive education in English Language alongside core subjects such as mathematics, science, geography, history,  ICT, art, drama, music and physical education. This is a ‘stepping stone’ course providing students with the necessary academic and social skills to make the transition smoothly into Taunton Preparatory School, Taunton Senior School or Taunton School International.  Courses range in length from one term to one year and students will gain the necessary skills to be able to join a mainstream British boarding school as soon as they are academically and socially ready. For many, this will mean a move into Taunton Preparatory School, Taunton Senior School or Taunton School International, but others will be fully supported to find a school to continue their education in Britain or elsewhere. Transition to a British preparatory or secondary school will be made at the appropriate point for an individual student’s development.

Taunton School surfing tripSummer School

Our Summer School is the perfect preparation programme for students who are going on to a British boarding school. The school runs highly regarded three week academic summer programmes for Juniors (7-12) and Seniors (13-17) and have launched four new courses due to demand – Junior Multi-Sports, Science, Technology and Engineering, and GCSE and Sixth Form Pre-Sessionals These range from 2 weeks to 10 days.

The Senior Academic Summer courses combine intensive English tuition with other academic subjects and is excellent preparation for GCSEs, A Levels and the IB Diploma. Lessons are complemented by a full leisure programme including sports as well as a varied programme of activities and excursions to local cities and places of interest.

Our Junior Academic Summer courses are based at our International Middle School using all their excellent facilities. The teachers are qualified primary and secondary school teachers who have an understanding of the way that younger children learn and play. Students study a range of subjects and there are trips and excursions as part of their lessons as well as a full programme of sports and cultural activities. The new Junior Multi Sports Programmes are two-week courses in which the students will receive 15 hours of English per week as well as try a different sport each day.

For the Seniors, the two-week Science, Technology and Engineering programmes are a new addition to our offering in which students receive 3 hours of English tuition per day as well as two hours of hands-on practical Science, Technology and Engineering work. Our GCSE and Sixth Form Pre-sessionals are 10 day courses designed to give students a boost before joining a GCSE, A Level or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

The Summer School is very popular, as it provides a well-supervised, structured and academic course in a safe environment. Fees are all inclusive, and include airport transfers to selected airports.

Preparing students for success through academic excellence, a full extracurricular programme and strong pastoral care.