Welcoming Forces Families

Queen's College has a long-standing reputation for educating children from military families and is delighted to offer a Service Family Package to run alongside the MOD’s Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA).

Forces’ Families on this package currently pay a maximum termly fee* of £869.78 (Senior) and and £663.22 (Junior) per term, per child in addition to the CEA, which includes meals, laundry and local trips.

Our co-educational, non-selective independent school set in 36 acres of beautiful grounds provides the perfect home-from-home combined with top-class schooling.

We understand that military life can add emotional pressure to the upbringing of a child, linked with what can be a series of educational moves. Queen’s works very hard to empathise with the unique needs of our military families, and provide consistent family support.

We have a dedicated Forces Liaison Officer – with experience of life in the military – and he ensures our students from Forces families are cared for and also come together regularly to share their experiences.

We also offer:

  • A supportive family boarding environment from 7-18 years
  • A broad and balanced curriculum with wide-ranging co-curricular activities
  • Extensive subject choices and combinations through to GCSE and A Levels
  • Caring, supportive, inspirational staff and boarding house-parents
  • A strong tutor network with reassuring communication between home and school
  • Superb academic, sport, music, creative and performing arts facilities including a state-of-the-art theatre, dance studio and swimming pool
  • Flexibility for pupils to join their families at times of POTL and R&R

For further support and information, please contact admissions@queenscollege.org.uk

* Please note: Fees change in line with CEA funding.

Bartlett family 2017

Meet one of our Forces families

Stuart Bartlett - a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy - and his wife Elizabeth have twin daughters, Eleanor and Caitlin, in Year 13. Here he tells of their Queen's College journey ...

Seven years ago we dropped off our twin girls at Queen’s College, Taunton. The beginning of a new journey was fraught for us, an adventure eagerly grasped by them.

Accepted with open arms by their peers, they instantly settled into the routine of a new school and boarding house, forming bonds which still stand to this day and undeniably comparable to those within the military environment.

How those seven years have passed, almost in a proverbial blink of the eye, we arrive at the final stage of their tenure, their transformation from girls to ladies complete. Ready to face the world with all its problems, the need for autonomous decision making, a confidence facing outlook they stand steadfast in their desire to continue in the Queen’s motto - "We learn not for school, but for life".

Within the past seven years we have faced both scholastic and familial issues – with two teenagers away from parents’ eyes, this is almost expected.

When required we always had faith and trust in those discharged in our absence and, most importantly a relationship built on solid foundations, that matrons, houseparents, safeguarding teams and teachers interaction didn’t end at the resolve but ensured a continuation of care and oversight to ensure the quickest return to normality as expected.

Taking all aspects of our children's needs – academically, psychologically, socially and spiritually – the school’s holistic approach nurtured, honed and encouraged independent thinking, fully preparing them for life beyond Queen’s.

In totality, has the experience worked? Undoubtedly so and with a full peer recommendation for both Queen’s and their boarding lifestyle. 

Without the effort imparted by all, our children would not be where they are today, experienced the events which have shaped their outlook and personality, and been given a start in life we could only have dreamed of when we dropped them off seven years ago.

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School Office: +44 (0)1823 272559

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© 2016 - 2021 QUEEN’S COLLEGE, TRULL ROAD, TAUNTON, SOMERSET TA1 4QS

Methodist Independent Schools Trust

Registered Office: Methodist Church House. 25 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JR

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