King's College, Taunton

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King's College
South Road

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United Kingdom
Coordinates51°00′40″N 3°05′46″W / 51.0110°N 3.0960°W / 51.0110; -3.0960Coordinates: 51°00′40″N 3°05′46″W / 51.0110°N 3.0960°W / 51.0110; -3.0960
TypeIndependent day and boarding
MottoLatin: Fortis et Fidelis (Strong and faithful)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderCanon Nathaniel Woodard
Department for Education URN123912 Tables
HeadmasterRichard Biggs
Age13 to 18
Colour(s)Red, dark blue, gold
Former pupilsOld Aluredians
AffiliationWoodard Corporation

King's College is an independent co-educational secondary day and boarding school in Taunton, Somerset, England. A member school of the Woodard Corporation, it has approximately 450 pupils aged 13 to 18, including about 300 boarders. Its affiliated prep school is King's Hall School. The head of the school is currently Richard Biggs, who started his first academic year in the winter of 2007.


King's College Taunton was founded in 1880 by Canon Nathaniel Woodard. The building was designed by Charles Edmund Giles and built between 1867 and 1869. A new chapel followed in 1903 designed by W. E. Tower. It has been designated as a Grade II listed building.[1]

Benjamin Disraeli stood for MP in Taunton, and many of his early political appearances took place on what is currently the school's 1st XV Rugby pitch. After the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1936, Emperor Haile Selassie I fled in exile to Bath. During his stay in the UK many of his younger children went to King's College, and the Emperor himself distributed the awards at the end of every academic year.[2] The school purchased Pyrland Hall in the 1950s which now houses the King's Hall School co-educational prep school. Many of the boarding houses still hold trophies related to now defunct activities on which is it inscribed that that particular prize was handed out by Haile Selassie. A portrait of the emperor once hung in the main school building. Before the General Election in 1964, the Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, addressed a public meeting at the school.

The School became co-educational in 1969 (in that it admitted females into the Sixth Form). It currently has seven boarding houses: Bishop Fox, King Alfred, Woodard (After Nathaniel Woodard) Tuckwell (after William Tuckwell,[3] Meynell, Taylor and Carpenter. All these houses, plus Neates, King Edward's and Perratt's, which no longer exists, were male boarding houses until the early 1990s, when Meynell converted to become the first all female boarding house. Taylor house was later founded as a female boarding house. Carpenter became a female boarding house in the mid-1990s. Until the conversion to full coeducational status, Sixth Form girls were assigned to one of the male boarding houses but lived in separate accommodation.

In 2007, the school choir took part in a choral competition on the BBC programme Songs of Praise and came first, and in the same year the senior rugby team were victorious in The National Schools 7's. The school chapel is the venue for an annual concert by the Somerset chamber choir.[4]


  •      King Alfred
  •      Tuckwell
  •      Woodard
  •      Bishop Fox
  •      Neates (Disbanded)
  •      Carpenter
  •      Taylor
  •      Meynell

Notable students[edit]

Former students of King's College, Taunton are referred to as 'Old Aluredians'.


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