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.

2019. Senior School and Sixth Form Open Morning: Mon. May 6th, 9.30am - 12noon. Please contact admissions@queenscollege.org.uk to reserve your place.

The Junior, Pre-Prep and Nursery Open Morning is also on Mon. May 6th - contact junioradmissions@queenscollege.org.uk to attend.

Alternatively, if you would like to visit us before then, please contact our Admissions Manager, Mrs Jo Chester, on 01823 340830 or email admissions@queenscollege.org.uk to arrange a personal visit on another date.


2018/2019. Day fees. Nursery, full day: £59. Reception - Year 6: £2150-£4330 per term. Years 7 - 13: £5100-£6150 per term.

Boarding fees. Years 3 - 6: £4885 -£7350 per term. Years 7 - 13: £8655-£10660 per term. Occasional boarding (dinner, bed and breakfast): £49 per night.

Overseas Boarding. Years 3 - 6: £6350 -£8890 per term. Years 7 - 13: £10360 -£12490 per term.


ISI Inspection 2017

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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