Taunton School is a leading independent school for boys and girls aged 0 to 18 years, located in Somerset, in the South West of England. Taunton School offer boarders and day pupils an opportunity to live a full and forward-looking school life.
Taunton School has a total of 524 pupils, with 262 pupils in the Sixth Form.
County Champion crown for Taunton School Netballers
The U14 and U16 Netball squads at Taunton School have both made the Regional Finals after claiming the top spots at the County Finals.
The U14 squad were on top form playing undefeated. They beat King’s College, Haygrove School, Wellington School and King’s Bruton and claimed the title of Somerset County Champions.
The U16 team also had a successful tournament gaining a place in the Regional Finals after getting the runners-up spot, having only lost one game.
Head of Netball at Taunton School Lisa Manley said: “I’m immensely proud of the way our netballers played in this tournament. The U14 squad played phenomenally well and really deserved to become County Champions. To have two teams playing in the Regionals is very exciting and we will be working hard in the lead up to the tournament. Our thanks go to King’s College for hosting the County Finals.”
Taunton School were the only school who got two teams into the Regional Finals. The Regional Finals take place in January 2020 at Bournemouth.
Taunton School IB students beat world-average on results day
This year Taunton School is celebrating its 300th student completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme with a quarter of students achieving scores equivalent to four A grades or better at A Level.
Top achievers Costanza Azzini and Tadhg Hearn both scored an impressive 42 points out of a maximum of 45.
Several students were hot on their heels including Andrei Akimov (41), Catherine Maggs (40) and Madeleine McInerney (40).
Taunton School’s results continue to beat the world average of 30 points.
Top achiever Tadhg Hearn from the Taunton area, joined Taunton School on a scholarship in the sixth form from Kingsmead School. He scored 42 points including 7 in Biology and Chemistry Higher Level. Tadhg easily met his entry requirements for Medicine and Surgery at Newcastle. Tadhg said “I really didn’t expect to get such good results today. After every exam I felt unsure, so to get 42 points is a nice surprise. I’ll be reading medicine with the aim to be a consultant in the future. Every teacher has been absolutely brilliant, and I’m really glad I chose to study the IB at Taunton School. I will be celebrating next week when I go on holiday to Amsterdam with my girlfriend but tonight I’ll be working!”
Costanza Azzini from Italy (42 points including 7 in Higher Level Italian Literature, History and Philosophy) did her GCSEs at Taunton School International before transferring to Taunton School for Sixth Form. She is going to King’s College, London to study International Relations.
Vienna resident Andrei Akimov (41 points including an A for his Extended Essay) also went to Taunton School International and is off to study Business Management.
Catherine Maggs from Somerset gained an impressive 40 points including an A for Theory of Knowledge.
Madeleine McInerney, from Wiveliscombe near Taunton, joined Taunton Preparatory School in Year 7. She was awarded an academic scholarship and scored an outstanding 40 points in her IB Diploma. Madeleine has been offered a place to read English at St. Peter’s College, Oxford. Madeleine said “I’m so happy with my results. Studying the IB was challenging but I’m really glad I did it. I’ve been very well supported at school, especially with my Oxford application. I had a practice interview with Mr Glaser [Headmaster] which was great!” Madeleine will be celebrating by going on holiday to Portugal next week.
The IB Diploma has been established for over 50 years with Taunton School being one of the first in the south-west to set up their IB programme in 2007. IB Co-ordinator Mr Adrian Roberts, says: “I’m absolutely delighted that in our 11 year run, during which time more than 300 students have achieved their IB Diploma, our excellent results continue and that once again collectively our students have excelled themselves.”
The IB Diploma Programme continues to grow in popularity and Taunton School is proud to be an IB World School. Top UK universities increasingly recognise the breadth of knowledge and skills students gain on this demanding programme. The IBDP is also proving to be increasingly valuable as graduates enter employment, where their wide range of experiences makes them highly sought-after candidates.
Taunton School Headmaster, Mr Lee Glaser said: “This IB cohort has been great company over the last two years and added so much to our vibrant school community. They thoroughly deserve their success and leave us with their heads held high. We look forward to hearing how well they do on their next step in life. Taunton School is proud of its international and UK students alike and we cross our fingers for more good academic results later this summer.”
Young Enterprise students claim top spots in National Essay Competition
Two students from Taunton School have been awarded first and third place at the Young Enterprise Sustainable Success Essay competition.
Two students from Taunton School have been awarded first and third place at the Young Enterprise Sustainable Success Essay competition.
Year 12 A-Level students, Danielle Hardy and Josh Cummings, formed part of the successful Taunton School Young Enterprise Team who reached the Regional Finals with their product, Go-Sip tea.
As part of their involvement in Young Enterprise, they were invited to take part in the Sustainable Success Essay Competition alongside other UK candidates. Both Danielle and Josh took the opportunity to enter and were rewarded with first and third place respectively.
Candidates were required to write a 2000 word essay on business sustainability and leadership. 17-year-old Danielle’s winning essay was titled “What it takes for a business to be savvy, sustainable and successful”. She wrote about her personal experience with Young Enterprise and how it has taught her business and life skills. Danielle said: “My essay highlighted the most important abilities and values that I believe are integral to a good leader: learning from mistakes, having kindness and compassion to all and caring on a global scale.”
Danielle scooped the impressive prize of £1000 and will now receive specialist careers advice coaching sessions.
Danielle said: “Winning the Sustainable Success Award was such an incredible honour, especially since I believe the message in my essay was an important one which may often be overlooked both within and outside of the business world. Taunton School has given me not only the fantastic opportunity to participate in the YE Company Programme itself, but to subsequently lead me down new avenues like this competition which are so worthwhile and exciting to be a part of.”
17-year-old Taunton School student Josh Cummings was placed third in the competition and was awarded £250 for for his essay, in which he focused on skills that maximise entrepreneurs’ propensity for luck.
Both Danielle and Josh were invited to the Young Enterprise National Finals in County Hall, London.
Josh said: “It was a brilliant opportunity and I would recommend that anyone who has the opportunity, to take part.”
The Taunton School Young Enterprise group, Go-Sip, reached the Regional Finals earlier this year. Their mission was to focus on targeting the stigma surrounding mental health, and to encourage people to talk about it over a cup of tea. They sold Fairtrade, responsibly sourced herbal tea-bags and branded mugs, with the positive message: “It’s good to talk”.
Ollie storms the seas with impressive first place swim
A 14-year-old Taunton School student has claimed first place in the Boscombe Beach “Salty Dog Long Swim” beating 150 competitors, including many adults.
Year 9 student Ollie Heard swam the 3.8km race on the Dorset coast recently winning the race in just 53.38 minutes.
He was the youngest swimmer by far and said “It was the hardest race I have done so far and I was over the moon to have won it overall.”
At Taunton School Ollie has had the opportunity to take part in many open water competitions including the Exmoor Open Water swim, Jersey circumnavigation swim and Solent swim to name a few. Ollie Heard regularly tops the leaderboard.
Athletics star Cerys gains full scholarship to United States University
Taunton School Year 13 student Cerys Lee has gained a prestigious scholarship to Queens University of Charlotte in America to study Psychology.
18-year-old Cerys, who is studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Taunton School, decided to apply to the North Carolina University after discovering its excellent athletics provision. She managed to secure a Combined Scholarship for Academic and Track and Field at the Division II University in the United States.
Cerys has been the captain of the school athletics team for two years, specialising in the heptathlon and long jump in particular. She says: “I decided to join Taunton School in the sixth form because I wanted to study the IB and also progress as an athlete. I train at Taunton Athletics Club with Steve Shaw, but I’ve also had vital support at school from my strength and conditioning coach Mr Thompson and also from Miss Mortimer which I’m very thankful for. I’ve just finished my IB and I’m really hoping to get a high grade.”
Cerys regularly tops the leaderboard at athletics competitions. She recently captained her school team at the Somerset Athletics Championships achieving gold herself in three events. The Taunton School athletes achieved 19 podium spots across 23 events.
She added: “I’m looking forward to moving to America in August. My career aspiration is to become a Clinical Psychologist but I’m looking forward to continuing with athletics and will see where that takes me.”
Hayley Mortimer, Director of Co-Curricular at Taunton School said: “Cerys is exceptionally talented and has fully embraced the opportunities at Taunton School. She really deserves this scholarship and I’ve no doubt she will excel in all that she does.”
Year 12 student Anna selected for Somerset Women’s cricket team
17-year-old Anna Parkinson, who is a student at Taunton School, has just received her first cap playing for the Somerset Women against Wales.
As well as playing for the firsts and seconds at Taunton School, all-rounder Anna is also in the county age group U17 side.
She is currently studying for A Levels in Maths, Biology and Chemistry. Anna said: “Although cricket is a big part of my life, I also know how important a great education is and I’m hoping to do a degree in Neuroscience when I go to University.”
She added: “I feel really well supported at Taunton School, and have had some excellent coaching from Marcus Trescothick and Pete Sanderson.”
Director of Cricket at Taunton School, Pete Sanderson said: “Anna has worked incredibly hard this winter in 1-1 sessions, small group sessions with both girls and boys. Her ability has never been questioned and she has flourished this winter and at the start of the summer and it is pleasing to see her getting recognised by Somerset at both senior and junior levels.”
A group of Eco Club pupils from Taunton Preparatory School have built several beehives, and are successfully now harvesting honey.
After working on a project around 'sustainable locally grown food’, the Year 7 and 8 pupils decided they would like to build their own beehives to help the environment and produce honey. The pupils set about creating a 'beekeeping club' as part of their existing Eco Club, learning about the lifecycle of bees, their importance to farming and the environment.
Earlier this year, they built their beehives in their own time using the school DT facilities, and they are now fully populated on a site near to Taunton School.
With help from teachers Tom Raven and Hamish McCarthy, they have just spun their first honey and cut honeycomb. They sold their first delicious yield at the recent school summer fair. The profits they made will be used to buy beekeeping suits to educate more young people about the importance of bees.
It will also support their other eco-projects such as upkeep of their existing orchard, planted on the school grounds with which they have produced their own apple juice and cider vinegar, and maintenance of their bird boxes, which they have built and situated around the school trees.
Freya Bartels in Year 8 said: “No matter how small your project is, it still makes a difference, so we should all do our bit.”
Eco Club Co-ordinator and Science teacher Tom Raven said: “Making these beehives is part of a school eco initiative to show pupils the benefits of sourcing local produce to help reduce carbon footprints.”
Taunton School has been recognised for its environmental achievement with a Green Award in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards.
The Green Award for Environmental Achievement recognises the innovative ways in which the school is striving to reduce its carbon footprint, whilst demonstrating a positive student experience. It was awarded following on from the success of ‘Zero to Landfill’ campaign, where all waste produce by the school is recycled - the first school in Somerset to do this.
Taunton School have gone a step further and have now introduced a revolutionary environmentally-friendly cleaning product, supplied by Purozo - a company run by a former student. The non-chemical product turns normal tap water into a powerful cleaner and sanitiser, killing up to 99.999% of harmful bacteria. The system has been installed around the school, and is now in use as part of the cleaning regime across the campus, including boarding houses, classrooms and communal areas. This system is currently used by the likes of industry giants such as Disney, Heathrow, Wembley and Google.
The technology allows the oxygen in ordinary tap water to be safely and temporarily converted into a powerful cleaner. Incredibly, the product safely converts back to ordinary tap water after approximately six days. It is very safe and effective with no toxins, carcinogens, or chemical residue. Something which is of paramount importance at a school.
Alex Speak, Sales and Marketing Director at Purozo commented: “As a former pupil of the school, I am very proud to work with Taunton School to help them reduce their carbon footprint. To win this award is an amazing accomplishment and well deserved after all your efforts to become a greener, more environmentally friendly school.”
This is part of the bigger environmental commitment being made throughout the school. Food and hot drinks are sold in compostable packaging in the school shop and water is sold in recyclable aluminium cans.
The Prep School has an active ‘Eco Club’ and students have carried out projects such as planting an orchard, harvesting apples to sell as juice, and building and maintaining beehives. Their campaign slogan “Be part of the Solution, not the Pollution” has been rolled out across the school on posters and screens in a bid to encourage the school community to get involved.
Headmaster Lee Glaser says “Being a responsible and caring member of our wider community is a key element of our school values. We educate children to embrace a global outlook, and doing our bit to safeguard the planet for their future is something we take seriously. Converting to this new chemical free cleaning system fits well with the school mantra to ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ and builds on our ongoing green initiatives. The Eco Club do a fantastic job and I am extremely impressed with their commitment to the environment.”
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