King's College Prep School
Kingston Road, Taunton, TA2 8AA, Somerset
Co-educational Day & Boarding Preparatory & Nursery
|Head||Mr Justin Chippendale|
|Co-ed Age Range||2-13 years|
|Number of pupils||300|
|Day fees per annum||£8,850 - £18,750 per annum|
|Average Class Size||20 max|
|Associations||BSA, HMC, IAPS, ISC|
King's College Prep is a co-educational Pre-Prep and Prep school with around 300 pupils, offering both day and boarding. Set in a beautiful countryside location surrounded by farmland, the school is only a couple of minutes' drive from the centre of Taunton in Somerset.
The school respects traditional values and boarding is a strong feature, which contributes to the tangible family atmosphere that exists in the school. Children enjoy a challenging all-round education in a progressive and stimulating environment.
The school includes a very popular Pre-Prep located in its own dedicated area with full access to the extensive facilities and grounds. The Nursery is a friendly, happy and welcoming setting for children aged two to four years, and every child has their own key worker who focuses on individual needs and supports each child. When the time comes for moving up to Reception, children and their parents take a tour of the facilities so they can see more of what is on offer for the next stage of a child's development. This gentle and smooth transition helps children become familiar with their new surroundings and feel like part of one big school family.
When pupils first join the prep school, the door to an exciting new world of opportunities and challenges is opened, both inside and outside the classroom. King's teachers are experts in their fields and welcoming, engaging and passionate. All children study core subjects: English, maths, science, geography, history, modern foreign languages (MFL) and religious studies, and the broad curriculum also embraces Latin, the visual and creative arts (including music, art and drama), design technology, and an imaginative programme of PE and games.
Across the school site, pupils benefit from traditional and modern facilities including a bright modern science faculty, cookery school, adventure playground, outdoor swimming pool, Astros and extensive grass pitches, a huge indoor sports centre and gym equipment, woods for outdoor education as well as an arts centre that acts as the hub for music and performing arts events.
Opportunities are extensive, as is the school's co-curricular offering. Children are able to take part in Forest School, riding lessons at the school's off-site equestrian centre, archery, ballet, fencing, cookery, multi-sports, outdoor adventure and more.
Most pupils at King's College Prep progress to King's College, which is the senior school for the King's community. The two schools benefit from having their own independent sites, furnished with excellent facilities and age-appropriate attitudes to maximise the opportunities for the children in their care. There is a close working relationship between the schools, and transitioning from King's Prep to King's College is seamless. Many pupils start at two and finish their education with us at 18, and the two-site model enables those joining at 11 to find their feet before moving to King's College at 13.
Headmaster Justin Chippendale added: "King's College Prep provides a fabulous educational experience. We aim to maximise potential and help develop children to be the best they can be. The school is open and friendly, with solid structures in place to support children with all aspects of their lives. They leave us ready and prepared for the next part of their educational journey."