Queen's College, Taunton
|Motto||Non scholae sed vitae discimus
"We learn not for school, but for life"
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Headmistress||Dr Lorraine Earps|
|DfE URN||123913 Tables|
|Houses||3 Boarding houses, 4 day pupil houses|
|Colours||Black and Gold|
|Former pupils||Old Queenians|
Queen's College is a co-educational independent school located in Taunton, the county town of Somerset, England. It is a day/boarding school for children aged 0–18. The school incorporates Nursery, Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior schools. The current Head Teacher of the Senior School (11–18) is Dr Lorraine Earps. Tracey Khodabandehloo is the Head of the Junior School (3–11)
First known as the Wesleyan Collegiate Institute, Queen's College was established by the Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1843. The building is a symmetrical Tudor Gothic building and set in approximately 35 acres (140,000 m2) of grounds.It was built by Giles and Gane in 1874 and has been designated as a Grade II* listed building. It first began admitting girls during the 1970s and is now fully coeducational.
The college's motto non scholae sed vitae discimus ("We educate not just for school but for life’").
The school has sports teams in cricket, rugby union, hockey, swimming, athletics, netball and tennis. The school also provides other popular disciplines such as rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, canoe polo, fencing, Duke of Edinburgh Award, mountaineering, badminton and horse riding.
Queen's College teaches performing arts, including drama and music, and dance. The Quartz festival, running from the first Wednesday of October each year for ten days, attracts over 6,000 visitors annually.
An edition of the BBC television programme This Is Your Life was broadcast from the school hall in February 1958, when host Eamonn Andrews surprised H J ‘Dapper’ Channon, a college master, known affectionately by all at the school as ‘Mr Chips’.
|Day Houses||Boarding Houses|
|Male||Sibly, Fielding||School House, Channon|
|Female||Laker, Ashurst||Hutton, Highgrove|
Former pupils are known as Old Queenians, and include:
- Ben Ackland - Irish cricketer
- John Baron - Conservative MP
- Sir Robert Bond KCMG — Prime Minister of Newfoundland 1900–1909
- Arthur Henry Reginald Buller - Mycologist and President of the Royal Society of Canada
- Matthew Clay - 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist in Swimming
- Carrie Davis - Radio 1 sports analyst
- Sir Nicholas Barton "Nick" Harvey - Liberal Democrat MP
- Sir Robert Hart GCMG — Inspector-General of China's Imperial Maritime Customs Service 1863–1907
- Arthur Henderson PC — Labour politician, Baron Rowley of Rowley Regis, Secretary of State for Air 1947–1951
- Peter Honess - Oscar-nominated, BAFTA award-winning Hollywood film editor (L. A. Confidential); Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- Peter Mitchell - 1978 Nobel Prize Winner (Chemistry)
- Martin Pipe - racehorse trainer
- Dean Ryan - England International Rugby Union player and Head Coach of Gloucester RFU Club
- Leighton Seager - 1st Baron Leighton of St Mellons, shipping magnate
- Sir George Shenton KB — Mayor of Perth, Western Australia 1880–1884 & 1886–1888
- Harold Arthur Watkinson PC, CH — Conservative politician and businessman, 1st Viscount Watkinson of Woking, Minister of Defence 1959–1962
- John Passmore Widgery- Baron Widgery of South Molton, OBE, TD, QC, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales 1971–1980
- James Howard Williams (Elephant Bill) - British Army officer and author
- Ed Weeks - actor
In 2016, headmaster Chris Alcock resigned after he was confronted with accusations of downloading "highly inappropriate material" on computers and a phone provided to him by the college. Governors also discovered evidence of "inappropriate adult relationships" and accused Alcock of violating the school's code of conduct.
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- "Quartz Festival". Quartz Festival. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
- HJ Dapper Channon's appearance on This Is Your Life
- "Houses". Queen's College. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
- Phil Hill (2016-06-23). "Queen's College, Taunton, headmaster Chris Alcock resigned over 'inappropriate downloads and adult relationships'". Bridgwater Mercury News. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
- Natalie Evans (2016-06-24). "Headteacher at top public school quits amid police probe over 'downloading porn at work'". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2017-06-26.