Queen’s College


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Methodist
  • Roll: 338 (Boys) 364 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 0 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1843

General Information

Queen’s is a child-centred family school with excellent pastoral care which develops confidence and awareness of others.  Our school motto ‘non scholae sed vitae discimus’ – ‘we educate not just for school but for life’ is as relevant today as it was when the school was founded in 1843.  Academic results are clearly important but are only part of the all-round education we provide.  High quality learning and teaching are the core of our academic success.  The teaching is innovative, creative and inspires intellectual curiosity. The needs of each individual can be catered for in small classes and every pupil is made to feel special.


We have some of the best facilities in the country for Performing Arts and the College is well known for its specialism in the area. The Queen’s Hall, a fully equipped 500-seat theatre complete with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, is used for all major productions. The Performing Arts Centre (PAC) with wooden floors, mirrored wall and retractable seating for 120, is an ideal performance area especially for Dance. The PAC is where we run our Performing Arts Academy and the number of dance classes on offer ranging from Street Dance and Hip Hop to Ballet, Modern, Tap and Contemporary is quite outstanding. The purpose-built, blacked-out drama studio with retractable seating for 75 is used for Drama lessons, theatre in the round and more intimate productions. The superb new Art Centre has spacious, brilliantly lit studios providing specialist teaching facilities for 3D and ceramics work, dark room for Photography, printmaking, textiles and painting. Refurbished in 2015 the Hodgson Building houses the Design Technology workshops with Graphics studio and Food Technology suite. We have specialist language rooms and designated languages library and the newly refurbished Callard Laboratories block provides excellent science facilities. The purpose-built Music School offers opportunities to take part in orchestras, chamber groups and choirs as well as Swing Band, Wind Band, singing in musical theatre, choirs or barbershop quartets.

Our 30 acres of superbly maintained playing fields provide seven rugby pitches, several cricket squares, a grass athletics track and rounders pitches. The two state-of the-art AstroTurfs double up as tennis courts in the summer. The Sports Hall is used for gymnastics, dance, basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor hockey and indoor tennis. Also, within the sports complex is an indoor heated pool, fitness room and squash court. Sports tours in recent years have visited South Africa, Canada and Barbados.

At Queen’s we offer a vast array of co-curricular interests, clubs and activities for our students to get involved in with activities as diverse as canoeing, climbing, mountaineering, subaqua, debating, horse riding, dance, computer club or war games. Senior pupils are able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and Model United Nations.

Junior boarders live in Cotlake House, a family-style junior boarding house for children in Years 3 – 8 (7-12 years old). For pupils in Years 9-13 there is one girls’ boarding house and two boys’ boarding houses. The adjacent Highgrove House, is Queen’s recently purpose built Nursery facility, with additional 6th Form boarding upstairs.

Entrance Requirements

Entry to Nursery and pre-prep, no formal entry requirement, just an informal visit. Junior school: Informal testing and Taster Day in school. Entry to senior school: examination papers in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning, current school report and reference. Entry to Sixth Form: Two subject papers of their choice, a general paper, minimum of five A*-C grades at GCSE.

All candidates from overseas sit English as an Additional Language, a Mathematics and a Verbal Reasoning paper, normally at the offices of an educational agent, at the British Council or at their own school.


Academic, Music, Sport, Art and Performing Arts.

Open Days

Open mornings are held throughout the year and are a lovely informal way to tour the school with current Queen's College pupils, see our boarding houses and meet our Head Teacher and staff.

2020. Please contact our Admissions Manager, Mrs Jo Chester, on 01823 340830 or email admissions@queenscollege.org.uk


2019/2020. Day fees. Nursery, full day: £61. Reception - Year 6: £2200-£4395 per term. Years 7 - 13: £5280-£6365 per term.

Boarding fees. Years 3 - 6: £5130 -£7720 per term. Years 7 - 13: £9090-£11,195 per term. Occasional boarding (dinner, bed and breakfast): £49 per night.

Overseas Boarding. Years 3 - 6: £6670 -£9335 per term. Years 7 - 13: £10880 -£13,115 per term.

Children aged 3 to 4 years are also eligible for Early Years Funding. Lunch for Pre-Prep and Junior pupils: £185 per term. Lunch for Years 7-13 pupils: £230 per term. Sibling discount available.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Dr Lorraine Earps

Contact for enquiries: Jo Chester, Admissions Manager

Queen’s College
Trull Road

[t]: 01823 340830
[w]: www.queenscollege.org.uk

Location Description

Queen’s College is based in the vibrant, market town of Taunton, Somerset, in the South West of England. Just over two hours to London by train, with good motorway and train networks, the town is ideally located. The School is a walkable distance from the centre of the town. Within easy driving distance are both Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks, as well as dramatic coastline and seaside resorts for weekend trips. The historic cities of Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Salisbury are all within an hour’s drive. Our students have the best of both worlds - an exciting yet safe town to explore with access to some of the best countryside in the UK.

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School News

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The critically-acclaimed Queen’s College, Taunton, production, ‘For Queen’s and Country’, has won a top accolade.

It carried off the George Crocker

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Challenge Trophy at the Phoebe Rees Awards staged by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama.

The trophy is given to the production which ‘punches above its weight’.

The community play, performed to sellout audience at the end of 2018, was written by the school’s Head of Drama, Steve Eaton Evans, to mark both the 175th anniversary of Queen’s and the centenary of World War One ending.

A group of staff and students – including Mr Evans and Head Teacher, Dr Lorraine Earps – attended the awards ceremony at Taunton Rugby Club.

A fellowship spokesperson said: “We have defined this in the past as being for a group, or occasionally an individual, whom the SFD would like to commend for taking on an adventurous production which has stretched them significantly.

“The panel had no hesitation in agreeing to nominate Queen’s College when we told them about the enormous number of people, staff and students – both onstage and backstage – involved in making this remarkable, and potentially life-changing, piece of theatre.”

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Queen’s College, Taunton, students were shortlisted for a national award for their support of refugees at a high-profile ceremony in London.


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were nominated in the Young Champion category of the Community Sponsorship Awards after welcoming children from two families of Syrian refugees into the school.

One family of three Syrian children joined Queen’s – an independent school in Taunton’s Trull Road – in September, 2017, and another family of two joined 12 months later.

Head Teacher, Dr Lorraine Earps, said: “When we were first approached by Charis in Summer 2016 and asked if we might be able to support the education of the children from a Syrian refugee family they were bringing into Taunton under the Government’s Community Sponsorship Programme, we immediately knew that this was something our community would wish to support.

“We had all seen the pictures of the news of the terrible events in Syria and, as a Methodist Foundation School, this was something which fell within our remit of helping the most vulnerable in society.

“Every year we provide means tested financial support to around a quarter of our families locally with a significant number of local children from disadvantaged backgrounds receiving a complete Queen’s education at no cost.

“Supporting the displaced children from an area of conflict simply extended our educational mission into a more global context one which was entirely fitting with the work of the Methodist Church.

“When, a year later, we were asked to support another family of children, we were delighted to extend our support.

“We are a community which values highly inclusivity and diversity and it is a real testament to our pupils that they have welcomed with open arms all the refugee children who are now thriving  within our wonderful community.

The awards were run by Sponsor Refugees, part of the Citizens UK organisation, and the ceremony took place at Canada House in Trafalgar Square.

Head Girl, Sophia Edwards, is pictured with other nominees, ‘Dr Who’ actor Peter Capaldi and BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond.

Sophia said afterwards: “I was so proud to attend this event on behalf of the school.“It was recognition of all the efforts of students, staff, governors and parents and showed what a welcoming and inclusive community we are.”

The ceremony was also attended by Sophia’s father, Mr Mark Edwards, who is Chair of Governors at Queen’s.

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Students and staff at Queen’s College, Taunton, staged the most ambitious production in the school’s history.

The Community Play, ‘For Queen’s and Country’, was

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watched by more than 2,000 people over five performances in the Queen’s Hall.

Written by Steve Eaton Evans, Director of Drama at the school, it marked both the 175th anniversary of the founding of Queen’s and 100 years since the end of World War One.

The play, which took Steve on a 14-year journey, told the story of the Hosegood brothers during World War One.

One of the brothers, Gilbert, was Head Boy at Queen’s while the other two went to sister school The Leys in Cambridge – all three lost their lives on The Somme.

Steve extensively researched their story – including the aftermath of the war for the Hosegood family – and used letters from the Front and other memorabilia obtained from relatives.

The result was a highly-acclaimed, moving and emotive production, which involved students and staff from across the school.

Children from local primary schools saw two free performances of ‘For Queen’s and Country’ and then there were three public performances with guests including the MP for Taunton, Rebecca Pow, the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Catherine Herbert, and many members of the Hosegood family.

Reviewer Steve Foster said ‘For Queen’s and Country’ would “merit a run at the National Theatre.”

He added: “The genius of this production is to illuminate the wider tragedy by a personal and intimate betrayal of the death of the three Hosegood brothers.”

However, Steve’s project was much more than a play – many lessons at Queen’s have had a World War One theme – in subjects including art, food and nutrition and English – and an exhibition of the work produced ran alongside the show.

There was also a special rugby match, which saw Queen’s take on The Leys for the inaugural Hosegood Trophy, presented by Mr Paul Kirton (a nephew of the Hosegood brothers).

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