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.
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 and friendly community feel that is found across the whole school. Each Boarding house has a genuine family feel with dedicated residential Houseparents and assistants. These Boarding houses provide students with a place to work, socialise, relax as well as sleep. Each house is truly seen as a home at school.
Queen’s has four Boarding houses, including one Junior House called Cotlake. Boarding begins in Year 3 through to year 13. The older students are housed in their own areas, Channon and Highgrove, giving them a sense of responsibility and preparing them for a life beyond school. Pupils in years 9-12 are housed in School House for the boys and Hutton House for the girls.
All houses have their own social spaces for each year group, 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 pupils 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 pupils 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 24/7 with our onsite medical facility. A school doctor is available as well as two full time school councillors. 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 as well as activities on site in addition to 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 pupils. This also provides additional academic and pastoral support in the form of a year lead and a tutor for each pupil.
Pupils in Year 9-11 wear the Queen’s uniform, however the pupils in years 12 and 13 are able to wear suits and smart business attire.
Our Boarding staff have created warm, comfortable, supportive and friendly environments. Pupils 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, they can be contacted below.
CLICK HERE to read our Statement of Boarding Principles and Practice.