Basic Information & Location
Queen’s College, founded in 1843, is one of the top academic schools in the South West of England with 670 pupils including more than 200 boarders.
Being the oldest independent school in Taunton, the county town of Somerset, Queen’s prides itself on its stunning historical architecture, art studios, modern sports halls and game fields.
Taunton is a beautiful town with good motorway and train networks. The school provides a free transfer to and from Heathrow airport on the starting and finishing dates of each term.
Queen’s is a walkable distance from many shops and other town amenities. Senior students can freely walk to the town and meet local people.
Queen’s prides itself on providing an individual education with family values and is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, small class sizes and excellent pastoral care.
The school motto is ‘Non scholae sed vitae discimus’; ‘We learn not for school, but for life’.
Mutual respect and positive attitudes allow students to take informed risks, make mistakes and learn in a supportive and empowered way.
From an academic perspective, more than 80% of A Level students gained A*-B grades in 2020 and the vast majority took up their first-choice place at university.
The school is also well-known for top results in the creative and performing arts while excellent teaching facilities in Science and Maths are reflected in outstanding academic achievements.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
Boarders are housed in one of the four comfortable boarding houses. The children benefit from the support of caring tutors and boarding staff.
The experienced staff help children adapt to new surroundings and establish a strong connection between the school and the parents. Newcomers also enjoy the support of ‘Buddies’, more experienced students who can help them with both their studies and their boarding life issues.
Extra-curricular & Personal Development
A wide variety of co-curricular activities take place. The weekend activities are so popular that day pupils come back at the weekends to take part.
On the sports field, more than a dozen students have represented their country on the international stage in recent years.
Queen’s is a centre of excellence for outdoor pursuits –with opportunities to horse ride, canoe and climb – and also has one of the region’s largest cohorts for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The school also runs a comprehensive programme of trips –both in the UK and abroad – and has an active Model United Nations offering.