Queen’s College

Queen’s College is the forward thinking independent school creating caring, ambitious and well educated individuals. We pride ourselves on our family values and excellent pastoral care which enables each individual to reach their highest potential. 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.

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    Queen’s College

    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.

    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

    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.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Julian Noad

    Contact for enquiries: Lisa Palmer, Head of Admissions

    Trull Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4QS

    Tel: 01823 340830

    Email: admissions@queenscollege.org.uk



    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 Wyvern Hall with wooden floors, mirrored wall and retractable seating for 120, is an ideal performance area especially for Dance. 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 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.

    The superb Art Centre has spacious, brilliantly lit studios providing specialist teaching facilities for 3D and ceramics work, dark room for Photography, printmaking, textiles and painting. The Hodgson Building houses the new Design Technology workshops, Graphics studio and Food Technology suite. Our modern Design and Technology workshop has both traditional woodworking tools and modern computer-aided manufacturing machinery such as Laser and Vinyl Cutters and a 3D Printer. Additionally, the Callard Laboratories block provides excellent science facilities.

    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, gym and cardio suite. 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, fencing, cookery, debating, dance, computer club or war games. Senior pupils are able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and Model United Nations.

    Queen’s College is fortunate to have the best and most modern Sixth Form Centre in the area. The Centre, designed to be an interim between school and university, consists of large modern social areas, complete with widescreen TV with surround sound system, DVD, pool tables and multi-media resource areas. There are two seminar-style classrooms, an IT suite as well as silent study areas. There is also a kitchen and cafe area to make snacks, drinks and other light refreshments and an outside patio area with beautiful views overlooking the playing fields. The centre is open from 7.30am to 10pm and also at weekends and is an ideal meeting place for 16-18 year olds who want both to work and socialise in a relaxed yet purposeful environment.

    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.


    Academic, Music, Sport, Art and Performing Arts.

    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.


    2021/2022. Day fees. Nursery, full day: £62.50. Reception – Year 6: £2,260-£4,100 per term. Years 7 – 13: £5,395-£6,565 per term.

    Boarding fees. Years 3 – 6: £5,250 -£7,495 per term. Years 7 – 13: £9,195-£11,500 per term. Occasional boarding (dinner, bed and breakfast): £50 per night.

    Overseas Boarding. Years 3 – 6: £6,940 -£9,100 per term. Years 7 – 13: £10,995 -£13,495 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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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    We really do encourage you to visit us to feel the special atmosphere which prevails at our school. We would be delighted to welcome you to our upcoming Open Days.

    Saturday 25th September 2021 – Senior and Sixth Form

    Friday 1st October 2021 – Pre-Prep and Junior School

    Please contact our Admissions Team on 01823 340830 or email admissions@queenscollege.org.uk and we would be happy to register you for an Open Event or individual visit to the school.

    In the meantime, a selection of films from around the school are available to view HERE


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