Queen's College, Taunton

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Queen's College Taunton
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Motto Non scholae sed vitae discimus
"We learn not for school, but for life"
Established 1843
Type Independent day and boarding school
Religion Methodist
Headmistress Dr Lorraine Earps
Location Trull Road
DfE number 933/6024
DfE URN 123913 Tables
Students 750~
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–18
Houses 3 Boarding houses, 4 day pupil houses
Colours Black and Gold          
Former pupils Old Queenians
Website www.queenscollege.org.uk

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.[1] 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.[2]

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’.[3]


The Junior School is split into four day houses and one boarding house, each accepting both boys and girls. The houses are named after local hill ranges: Quantocks, Brendons, Blackdowns and Mendips.

The Senior School is split into boarding and day houses for girls and boys.[4] The houses are named after past headmasters or early pupils:

Day Houses Boarding Houses
Male Sibly, Fielding School House, Channon
Female Laker, Ashurst Hutton, Highgrove

Notable alumni[edit]

Former pupils are known as Old Queenians, and include:


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.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Queens College". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Quartz Festival". Quartz Festival. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  3. ^ HJ Dapper Channon's appearance on This Is Your Life
  4. ^ "Houses". Queen's College. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 

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Coordinates: 51°00′07″N 3°07′00″W / 51.002069°N 3.116738°W / 51.002069; -3.116738