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Taunton School

Taunton School is a co-educational independent boarding school, providing education to pupils aged 1-18 in Somerset. REQUEST INFORMATION..
KEY INFORMATION: Taunton School offers GCSE, BTEC, IB & A Level curriculum. They deliver a strong IELTS & EAL for international students. Full boarding is offered on site in their Taunton grounds, catering to both UK & international students. Read more below …
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HISTORY: 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. “They challenge, inspire and nurture young people to succeed in a global community.” 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.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR: At Taunton School, they firmly believe that a child’s education should be as broad and as varied as possible. Naturally, academic studies are extremely important but in addition to this, they expect all of their students to fully involve themselves in the many co-curricular activities they have on offer. Preparing children for life beyond school means instilling in them the desire to try something new, to be adventurous and creative and to show resilience and grit in the face of adversity. Their co-curricular provision affords students the chance to involve themselves in a huge variety of clubs, events and activities, which will undoubtedly broaden their horizons. Whatever your passion, be it sporting, musical, dramatic, creative, intellectual or otherwise, there is most definitely something for you in any one of over 100 clubs and societies at Taunton School and so to discover your future passion, why not have a look at the following webpages which outline the many fantastic opportunities awaiting you.
ENGLISH SUPPORT: 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.
POST-16 QUALIFICATIONS: 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.
PRE-16 QUALIFICATIONS: 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.
ACCOMMODATION: Boarding plays a key role in our students’ exciting educational journey, helping them to cement lifelong friendships, build confidence and develop independence and self-resilience. All students will experience a warm and supportive atmosphere in their selected house and the house becomes a focal point of students’ lives at school; boarders take pride in supporting each other at sports matches, music and drama performances and there is a strong sense of community at our inter-house events.
PASTORAL: They put pastoral care and student wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. A happy and contented child is one who will flourish and what better place to start that journey than at Taunton School, where students have the free reign of our safe and secure 56-acre campus in the beautiful county of Somerset in the South West of England.
“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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