Students sit in a large, bright common room in a boarding house
Senior girl students sit around a table in a boarding house kitchen
two prep school boarding students are on top of the bed in a boarding room, they are sharing a book, they look happy
two boys are chatting and laughing with each other, they are in a boarding house bedroom
A student sits at her desk in her bedroom



Queen’s is situated in the town of Taunton, with good road and rail links to airports. The boarding houses at Queen’s reflect the warm, friendly community feel that is found across the whole school. Each Boarding house offers a genuine home-from-home atmosphere, with dedicated residential House Parents and assistants. These Boarding houses provide students with a place to work, socialise, relax as well as sleep.

A welcome from the Head of Boarding








My name is Carla Shearman and as Head of Boarding, I am delighted to introduce our Boarding provision here in the beautiful South West of England.

At Queen’s, we offer boarding from Year 3 through to Year 13

  • Cotlake House cares for our younger boarders (Year 3 to Year 8)
  • Year 8 to Year 13 boys live in School House
  • Year 8 to Year 13 girls are in Hutton House and Highgrove House

All houses have their own social spaces and kitchen facilities and the school provides a range of snacks each day as well as drinks to ensure growing appetites are fulfilled! The three daily meals are taken in one of the two dining areas in the school. The students also have access to TV’s and various games for entertainment during their free time.

The House staff are available throughout the day and evenings to provide help with school work as well as providing pastoral support. The goal is to develop independence in all students so that they are ready, when the time comes, to move on to new challenges beyond the school gates.

Medical support is available for all boarders with our onsite medical facility. A school doctor is available as well as two full time school counsellors. Appointments can also be arranged on request for dentists and physiotherapy.

Boarders have access to a comprehensive co-curricular programme after school each day as well as Saturday morning activities and a weekend boarding programme. This includes a variety of trips, activities on site as well as the use of the sports facilities during the weekends.

Every boarder is also attached to a day house to help them fully integrate with the day students. This  also provides additional academic and pastoral support in the form of a year lead and a tutor for each students.

Our Boarding staff have created warm, comfortable, supportive and friendly environments. Students have the opportunity to develop life-long friendships with young people from all around the world whilst accessing excellent education.

I’d like to invite you to watch our short film on Boarding at Queen’s and if you have any further questions or would like to arrange an appointment with our admissions team. Please contact them at or telephone +44 (0)1823 340830.

Carla Shearman
Head of Boarding


Read our boarding principles here

Boarding Schools’ Association Commitment to Care Charter

Summer At Queen's

Keeping your children entertained and engaged during school holidays can be a challenge, especially for busy working parents.  That’s why we partner with a variety of exciting holiday camp providers to offer a range of options for all ages and interests.


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