|Type:||Day / Boarding / Co-ed|
|Head's Name:||Chris Alcock|
Queen’s College is a co-educational boarding and day school for nearly 800 pupils aged 3–18 years. Everyone who visits Queen’s College comments on the friendly and relaxed atmosphere at the school; a warm and caring community, committed to fulfilling the potential of each individual and educating for life. There is a real passion for learning at Queen’s College and we aim for excellence and high standards in all our activities.
Our students achieve some of the top exam results in the South West and attained the highest A-level results in Taunton in 2012; 78% of students gained A*, A or B grades and most succeeded at getting into their first choice of university. Queen’s College remains one of the top UK independent schools in terms of value added by providing excellent teaching of a broad and interesting curriculum, small class sizes and true individual support.
The school is well known for its tremendous results in the creative and performing arts and benefits from exceptional drama and dance facilities. This year three students went onto the prestigious art college Central St Martin’s and other students have gained places at The Bristol Old Vic, Guildhall and RADA. There is a wide variety of musical groups on offer in school, and talented musicians are, in addition, encouraged to become members of external groups and to take part in international music tours.
Surrounded by the beautiful Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks, it is not surprising that Queen’s is a centre of excellence for outdoor pursuits, with opportunities for students to ride, canoe, dive, sail and mountain bike. Queen’s College is one of the top providers of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in the region; all pupils follow the Bronze Award in Year 10, with many progressing onto Silver and Gold Awards.
Sport is strong at Queen’s too, with national success in hockey, horse riding, cross country, athletics and swimming. A new Hockey Academy was launched in September, where top hockey players are coached by an Olympic coach on the school’s two Astroturf pitches. The games facilities are complemented by a large sports hall, swimming pool and 30 acres of playing fields.
One of the great benefits of Queen’s College is that it is an all-through school with a real sense of community. The Queen’s College Junior School provides an excellent educational foundation, and transition on to the Senior School is seamless. Junior School pupils are provided with specialist teaching in sport, music, drama and French and there is a dedicated Junior Science Lab where miniature experiments take place. Pupils are also offered a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including team sports such as hockey, netball and rugby which are played on the excellent shared Senior School facilities, and they compete very successfully in swimming and riding events.
Queen’s College is rated ‘Outstanding’ for Early Years and our Nursery is state-of-the-art, with stunning gardens and excellent facilities that really make the atmosphere a happy and welcoming one for the children. For more information contact www.queenscollege.org.uk or email [email protected].