Taunton School

Location: Taunton, Somerset

Age of pupils: 0-18 y.o.

Gender: Co-educational

Boarding: Day, Weekly boarding, Full boarding

Pupils: 1016

Head: Mr. Lee Glazer

Last updated 21.05.2021

Short description of the school

Taunton School is a co-educational, independent boarding and day school in the county town of Taunton, Somerset in South West England. It accepts boys and girls from the ages of 0 to 18.

Taunton School has a 56-acre campus with amazing facilities. Lessons are taught in well-equipped, spacious and modern classrooms.

Taunton School was founded in 1847 as a boys-only school for those who were not members of the Church of England (known as dissenters). In September 1971, Taunton School began a merger with Weirfield School, an independent boarding and day school for girls, also located on Staplegrove Road. This resulted in girls being accepted into the Sixth Form. In 1976 the merger was completed with the rest of the senior section of Weirfield School. Thus it became one of the earliest fully co-educational independent schools in England.

The aim of school is to challenge, inspire and nurture young people to succeed in a global community. The School's shared vision is based on five pillars: Academic, Pastoral, Co-Curricular, Global Outlook and Community. The pillars are securely established on a solid foundation of finance, resources and leadership.

The motto of Taunton school is "Ora et labora" - "Worship and Work" (senior school); "Carpe diem" - "Seize the Day" (preparatory school)

Taunton school is made up of 5 parts:

  • Taunton Nursery and Pre-Prep School (0-7 years)
  • Taunton Prep School (7-13 years)
  • Taunton Senior School (13-18 years)
  • The Grange. Taunton International Middle School (8-14 years)
  • Foxcombe. Taunton International School (14-18 years)

The school has a broadly Anglican ethos but welcomes all faiths or none.

What makes this school different from others?

  • Strong Medicine
  • Strong Sports
  • Strong Mathematics
  • Strong Drama
  • Strong Music
  • Strong Science
  • Strong Business & Economics
  • A place for everyone: five schools including two international schools
  • Every teacher is trained in EAL and mental health first aid
  • Small class sizes
  • 1:3 teacher to student ratio in international schools
  • Over 300 different clubs and societies
  • Full Boarding – no exeats

More than 40 of our pupils have been offered Oxford or Cambridge places in the last 10 years and approximately 94% of all Sixth Formers take up university or college places either in the UK or overseas. Whilst others join the armed forces, take up apprenticeships or enter the workplace.

School strengths:

Strong Medicine
Our specialised Pre-Med Programme appeals to students who are keen to pursue a career in medicine. It aims to give pupils an insight into the careers of medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. The course will familiarise students with medical terminology, prepare them for interviews, BMAT and UKCAT, develop confident communication and interpersonal skills and encourage independent reading and research.

To date, our Pre-Med students have had 100% success at interviews often receiving offers for all four of their university choices.

Strong Sports
Taunton School has been named the 7th best school for sport in the UK, with outstanding facilities including two large sports halls which include indoor cricket practice facilities, squash courts, a climbing wall, fitness suite and dance studios, as well as astro pitches and pavilions and two excellent indoor swimming pools.

Strong Mathematics
We divide our pupils into sets by ability, with typically six sets in each year. Mathematics in Tauntob is an interesting and challenging course that suits our most able pupils, and provides excellent preparation for further study of mathematics in the Sixth Form whether studying A-Levels or the IB. Many pupils go on to study Maths in the Sixth Form either as A-Level Maths or Further Maths or IB Maths.

Strong Drama
With excellent performance areas at their disposal, including a rehearsal room and large, fully equipped theatre and studio, students at Taunton School flourish as they explore self-expression, creativity and gain confidence whilst honing their performance skills.
Trips to the theatre and participating in our broad range of school productions, including Informal Dance and Drama Evenings, Parents’ Day, Performing Arts Evenings, the Taunton Music and Drama Festival and the National Schools’ Shakespeare Festival, provide additional opportunities to maximise personal and performance development.

Strong Music
The musically talented and inquisitive have access to an extensive Music Department and can join a variety of Ensembles covering a multitude of musical genres and offering plenty of opportunities to perform worldwide. Ensembles include the Orchestra, Wind Band, Dance Band, Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Chapel Choir, Boys’ Choir, Rock Band, String Quartet, Stomp Percussion Ensemble, Funk Band, Saxophone Ensemble and Music Theory Classes.

To showcase their talents, pupils can participate in local, regional, national and international events such as the Taunton Music and Drama Festival, the National Schools’ Shakespeare Festival and the Model United Nations (MUN) to name but a few. Many pupils gain places in the National Youth Orchestra and perform in the National Youth Music Theatre.

Strong Science
With a fully refurbished Chemistry Department at their disposal, pupils benefit from excellent facilities in which to explore chemistry to the full. This includes developing their analysis and evaluating skills, and building on their mathematical problem-solving abilities.

Chemistry is a popular choice in the Sixth Form, with as many as 40 to 50 pupils choosing to explore the subject further at pre-university level. Courses offered include A-Level Chemistry or IB Chemistry at Higher or Standard Level.

Strong Business & Economics
Taunton School is the only UK educational institution to offer a different two-year route to higher education for students interested in careers in Business and Finance.

For 16 and 17-year-olds, we offer a tailor-made Academic programme with modules in maths, business and economics. This prepares students for the globally recognised NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) at 17 or 18. Successful completion of the IFY leads to a guaranteed place at one of more than 40 universities in the UK and around the world.

Message from the Head of the school

Headmaster photoTaunton 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 stunning 56-acre site, Taunton School comprises many beautiful historical buildings, complemented by a range of modern and state of the art facilities and resources.

We aim to challenge, inspire and nurture young people to succeed in a global community.

The wellbeing of our pupils is at the heart of everything we do and all decisions are of direct benefit to them.

We are focused on ensuring that we prepare young people for their lives beyond school and in a world that changes rapidly. Throughout their lives, our children will work closely with people from across the globe and must adapt to a world of ever-changing technology.

Taunton consists of a caring and experienced Nursery and Pre-Preparatory School, inspiring Preparatory School, an innovative Senior School and a specialist International School. Taunton School aspires to offer a complete journey of education and growth to all children and young adults, unearthing the talent within every individual.

As an IB World School, we are innovative, forward-thinking, global in outlook and down to earth in approach. We are one school but each part is unique in character. We recognise that a balanced education is vital in developing the whole person.

Taunton School has excellent road and rail links, being just 45 minutes from Bristol International Airport and 1 hour 45 minutes from London by direct train.

Maps,addresses and directions

Taunton Senior School
Staplegrove Rd

Taunton Prep School
Staplegrove Rd

Taunton Nursery and Pre - Prep School
Staplegrove Rd

Taunton International Middle School (The Grange)

Taunton International School (Foxcombe.)
208 Greenway Rd

programmes and subjects

GCSE/IGCSE A Level IB Diploma
core subjects:

Art (fine art/photography)


English & English Literature Biology  Chemistry 
Mathematics Business Design Technology 
Religious Studies


Science Classical Civilisation English Language 
subject choices: Computer Science English Literature 


Design Technology French 


Economics Geography 

Classical Civilisation

English literature German


French History 

Design Technology

Further Mathematics Italian  





German Mathematics  


History Music 


ICT Philosophy 


Latin Physics 


Mathematics Psychology


Music Spanish  
Latin Philosophy Religion & Ethics Visual Arts 
Music  Physics  
PE Psychology


Religious Studies Spanish Extended Essay 
Spanish  Theatre Studies Theory of Knowledge


BTEC Business
BTEC Sport and Exercise Science Extended Diploma (three A Levels equivalent)

academic results

There are two grading systems applied in the UK. Grades in England are indicated by numbers from 1 to 9, where 9 is the highest grade.

System in Wales and Northern Ireland is evaluated using a letter grading scale from G to A*, where A* is the highest grade.

GCSE 2019-20
A*-A / 9-7 43%
and below


93% pupils gained at least 5 Grades A*-C

A level 2019-20
A*-B 61%
and below  39%

98% pass rate

IB Diploma 2019-20

The IB average point score was 32

BTEC Sport and Exercise Science

50% triple distinction (equivalent to 3 A* grades at A Level)
100% overall pass rate




Football Club Squash Club
Athletics Hockey Swimming
Basketball Horse Riding Table Tennis
Climbing Netball Tennis
Cricket Rugby Volleyball


Non-sporting activities

Amnesty International Society

Computing Club Jazz Workshop Psychology Workshop
Art Cookery Club Maths Book Club Reading Club
Astronomy Club Dance Maths Enrichment Science Forum
Ballet Dance Band Maths Society STEM
Brass Ten Piece

Debating & Public Speaking

Medical Discussion Group String Quartet
Bridge Club Drama Model United Nations Vocal Ensemble
CAS Funk Band Orchestra Voice Coaching
CCF Geography Society Percussion Ensemble Volunteer Network
Cello Ensemble History Society Performance Wind Band
Chapel Choir Horn Ensemble Physics Beyond Syllabus Young Enterprise


Taunton School has a 56-acre campus with amazing facilities. Lessons are taught in well-equipped, spacious and modern classroom.

Facilities available

Art studios

Hockey pitch Squash courts
Climbing wall (indoor) Music School Swimming pools (two)
Dance studio Science labs Tennis courts
Design & Technology 
Sports halls (two)


Fitness suite Sports pitches  

boarding options

Boarding is a very popular option at Taunton School and is available from age of 7 - 18 (Years 3-13).

Boarding Options
3 nights per week: Occasional/flexi boarding
6 nights per week: Weekly boarding (Monday - Saturday)
7 nights per week: Traditional full boarding

How can I apply to this school?

The main points of entry to the Taunton School are at ages 11, 13 and 16, but the school also accepts applications for other year groups provided there are places. Boarders are accepted from the age of 11.

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Currency Converter:

2021-22 Academic Year

Year Age
Day fees
Y1 5-6 7,575 GBP NA NA
Y2 6-7 7,575 GBP NA NA
Y3 7-8 8,625 GBP 14,985 GBP 21,825 GBP
Y4 8-9 8,625 GBP 14,985 GBP 21,825 GBP
Y5 9-10 11,790 GBP 19,575 GBP 26,850 GBP
Y6 10-11 11,790 GBP 19,575 GBP 26,850 GBP
Y7 11-12 15,840 GBP 26,265 GBP 32,985 GBP
Y8 12-13 15,840 GBP 26,265 GBP 32,985 GBP
Y9 13-14 20,070 GBP 34,380 GBP 38,550 GBP
Y10 14-15 20,070 GBP 34,380 GBP 42,780 GBP
Y11 15-16 20,070 GBP 34,380 GBP 42,780 GBP
Y12 16-17 20,070 GBP 37,380 GBP 38,985 GBP
Y13 17-18 20,070 GBP 37,380 GBP 38,985 GBP

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