King's Hall School

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King's Hall School
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Established 1987
Type Preparatory day and boarding
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Justin Chippendale
Location Taunton
England Coordinates: 51°02′34″N 3°06′12″W / 51.0428°N 3.1034°W / 51.0428; -3.1034
DfE URN 123934 Tables
Students 320~
Gender Co-educational
Ages 4–13
Colours Blue     
Affiliation Woodard Corporation

King's Hall School is a co-educational prep school that provides day and boarding facilities. The school is located within the parish of Cheddon Fitzpaine, just north of Taunton, Somerset, in the West of England. It is housed in the Grade II* listed building Pyrland Hall.


King’s Hall School was originally the boys Junior House of King's College, Taunton, and remains a partner school. Both are Woodard Schools which means they are part of a group of Anglican schools (both primary and secondary) affiliated to the Woodard Corporation (formerly the Society of St Nicolas) which has its origin in the work of Nathaniel Woodard, an Anglo-Catholic clergyman.[1]

Pyrland School, as it was previously known, amalgamated with a girl's preparatory school, known as King’s House to form King's Hall School in 1987.[2] It now provides education to around 350 pupils, with boys and girls in almost equal numbers.

In 2010, Magnus Mowat, the chair of the school's governors was given the award Independent School Governor of the Year.[3] The school's catering facilities were Gold Award Winners in the Taste of the West Awards in 20101.[4]


Since 1953, the school has been housed in Pyrland Hall. The hall was built around 1760 for Sir William Yea of the Yea baronets, who owned it until 1911. It is a brick building with Bath Stone dressings under hipped slate roofs.[5]

Pyrland Hall sits within a 32-acre (13 ha) estate parts of which have been made into playing fields, and is surrounded by National Trust owned farmland.[6]


  1. ^ Woodard Schools
  2. ^ "History". King's Hall School. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Independent School Governor of the Year". The Independent School Awards 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "King's Hall scoops Taste of the West gold in 2010/11". Somerset County Gazette. 
  5. ^ "Pyrland Hall". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "King's Hall". Woodward Schools. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 

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