Taunton School

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  • Full Boarding Fees

    £34,380 per year. The International Senior School-£41,985

  • Qualifications

    1-2 year GCSE/Pre-IB Programme, Two year GCSE, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, A Levels, BTEC.

  • Language

    English as an Additional Language

  • Boarding

    Full Boarding

  • Dietary Requirements

    All dietary requirements are catered for

  • Key information

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

    Taunton School is a traditional co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 0-18 years. It is comprised of; a Prep School, a Senior School, an International School offering a one-year GCSE and an International Middle School where pupils can join for just a term before moving onto another part of the school.
    The school (including the international school and international middle school) has approximately 1,015 pupils, of which 380 are boarders. The school typically has less than 20% international students.

    Taunton School is an IB World School offering the IB Diploma alongside A Levels and the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science and BTEC Business in the Sixth Form.

    Taunton School International was established to provide an intensive one to two Year GCSE/Pre-IB programme for international students wishing to complete their education in a British school. Students can study up to 8 GCSEs in one year, with over 23 examinable subjects to choose from, including Design & Technology and Dance.

    Taunton School International Middle School was opened in 2012 for students aged 7-14, providing an intensive education in the English Language alongside core subjects. This is a ‘stepping stone’ course, ranging in length from one term to one year, providing students with the necessary academic, extra-curricular and social skills to make the smooth transition into a British Preparatory or Senior School.

    The EAL department is in the hub of the school and provides a dedicated resource to the international students in senior school.
    The EAL department is very busy and the school encourages students to use the space for self-study or to just drop in for some specific help. The department has two teachers who both teach all the international students in every year group as well as on the IB programme. Students are given specific subject support in middle school and prepared for the IELTS.


    Taunton School is situated in Taunton, Somerset in South West England in the English countryside. The cities of Bristol and Exeter are a short drive away. It takes 40 minutes to reach Bristol International Airport and Exeter International Airport, and London less than 2 hours away by train.

    A day in the life of…

    “I was able to grow as an individual physically and academically, by being challenged to reach my greatest potential. I never saw Taunton as a school, it was my home,” Juan Luquin.

    “Having spent two years at Foxcombe and then two years in Taunton Senior School I can proudly say that there are no better alternatives to this school. The staff members are extremely supportive and cheerful and the students are incredibly well integrated. One of the best things about Foxcombe is how it shapes your character; you gain the skills and experience of being independent, away from home, and this toughens you up. The school has played a massive role in helping me become the person I am today. I chose Taunton School because it offered the one-year iGCSE programme and it was the best school that does this.

    I later decided to continue my education in the Senior School as I felt that the transition would be smooth and that I would prosper in that environment, which I certainly did because I was made Head Boy in my final year. I am going to the London School of Economics (LSE) to study Mathematics and Economics and I am planning on running my own business in the future or to work in finance,” Valentin Pechnikov.

    “I got to know Taunton School thanks to a friend who had just finished the IB course there. My initial plan was to start in the Sixth Form in Taunton Senior School, but the atmosphere at the International School at Foxcombe and the opportunity to improve my skills made me decide to take GCSEs first.
    This choice has turned out to be the right one, not only because I had a great time thanks to the many friends I made and the support from the staff but also because I have massively improved my English and knowledge in the other subjects.

    Next year I will take the IB at Taunton Senior School and in the future I would like to study International Relations. I don’t know which university I will go to yet, but thanks to this school, there are no limits to my choice,” Costanza Azzini.

    “When I joined The Grange, I was very scared because I didn’t know how to speak English at all! But with the help of very supportive staff I quickly became a lot more confident and of course I now speak English perfectly, making me bilingual and bicultural.

    I have met students from all over the world and learned from their cultures. I have also learned to play sports like netball and hockey, some of which were completely new to me.

    The teachers are always very supportive and gladly give up their time to help students better understand a topic if we were struggling. This really helped me to improve my English and pronunciation.
    Over the years at Taunton School, staff and friends have helped me to push my limits and that is why I am now looking to go to university abroad,” Aurore Dziopa


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