Taunton School

Type of school: Co-Ed Senior school with a junior department or a prep school

Nearest international airport: Bristol (60km)

Age Range: 0-18

Number of pupils: 984

Number of boarders: 268

Fees per term: Boarding: £4,590–£11,350
Day: Senior £6,125 Pre-Prep–Prep £2,285–£4,975


Founded in 1847, Taunton School is one of the South West’s leading co-educational independent day and boarding schools for children aged 0–18 years. Set in a beautiful 56-acre site, Taunton School nurtures the individual in a friendly and broad-minded atmosphere, equipping our young people with the life skills to enable them to shape the world in the 21st century. The wellbeing of every child is front and centre of all we do and our teachers nurture, support and encourage every child to become resilient, respectful, confident young men and women.

Four schools in one
Taunton School consists of a caring and experienced Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School, inspiring Preparatory School and an innovative Senior School. Taunton School aspires to offer a complete journey of education and growth to all children and young adults, unearthing and nurturing the talent within every individual. Taunton School believes that education should be thought of as a structure with five pillars – Academic, Pastoral, Co-curricular, Community and Global Outlook – and we challenge our staff to aim for excellence in each of these areas.

Home from home
The School offers a supportive boarding environment for children from 7 to 18 years.

At the Preparatory School level (aged 7–13 years), boarding life is very much an extension of family life, with small dormitories for girls and boys and excellently equipped common rooms and recreational areas. At this level, focus is on support for the children to learn to do things for themselves and become more confident, ready for the exciting challenges ahead.

In the Senior School boarding environment, our young adults have access to abundant cultural and sporting activities. With close friends at hand, they have the opportunity to develop life skills within a relaxed but well-controlled atmosphere.

In the Sixth Form, the boarding life encourages each pupil to make the most of the wide range of opportunities available to allow them to move smoothly towards higher education and the world of work. Although the emphasis is on academic study, at Taunton we ensure that our older individuals have ample opportunities to take responsibility, while not losing their social interests.

Exceptional academic results
With academic work at the heart of school life, Taunton School has achieved consistently excellent GCSE results and some of the most exceptional A-level and International Baccalaureate results in South West England. Approximately 96% of all Sixth Form leavers usually take up university or college places. The school usually sends three or four students per year to Oxford or Cambridge although the number has been as high as seven.

Facilities and Co-Curricular

Taunton School has vibrant modern classrooms, state of the art IT suites, specialist arts, music, drama and design & technology departments with 3D printers. Sport is an integral part of life at Taunton School, whether representing the school at County and National level, or being involved for the enjoyment, our elite coaches will guide you.

Taunton School provides extensive, state-of-the-art sporting facilities across the 56 acre campus. There are exceptional indoor and outdoor facilities for traditional team games and other sports, including three sports halls, two indoor swimming pools, a well-equipped fitness suite, eight netball courts, two multi-purpose Astro Turf pitches, a dance studio, an athletics area, two squash courts and a climbing wall, as well as our sports pitches for Cricket, Rugby, Football and Lacrosse.

Students can also participate in many music performances throughout the year and theatrical performances in the school’s theatre. There are hundreds of clubs and societies to get involved in such as CCF, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Ten Tors, choirs and instrumental groups, theatre productions, dance and drama performances and subject specific clubs.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards
Taunton School offers a rich programme of intellectual activities for our academics (whether scholars or not) to develop independent minds. Scholarship opportunities are available in Year 7, Year 9 and Sixth Form for Academic, Music, Drama, Art, Sport, Design Technology, Computer Science and All Rounder candidates.

International Baccalaureate
Taunton is pleased to offer the International Baccalaureate qualification to complement our excellent and well-proven A Level programme and BTEC offering. The IB diploma offers another pathway to university and the world beyond.

Accessibility – road and rail
Taunton School is easily accessible by road and rail. Specific day visits and boarding experiences can be arranged to suit parental convenience. A full list of Open Days can be found at www.tauntonschool.co.uk.

“At Taunton School, we challenge, inspire and nurture our children so they can achieve success in a global community.”