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        英中教育 Anglo-Chinese Education Consultancy


        Queen's College







        Queen's College 女王中學,女王學院 Trull Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4QS
        Tel: 01823 272559 Fax: 01823 388430
        Website: www.queenscollege.org.uk
        • CO-ED, 3–18 Day, 7–18 Boarding
        • Pupils 721, Upper sixth 67
        • Termly fees £1530–£3597 (Day), £2481–£5421 (Boarding)
        • HMC, IAPS
        • Enquiries/application to the Admissions Secretary (01823 340830)

        What it’s like

        Founded in 1843, as a Methodist foundation. Its premises are on a single, semi-rural campus in 30 acres
        on the southern outskirts of Taunton. Very pleasant buildings and fine playing fields. It is now fully
        co-educational, having first admitted girls in the seventies. The pre-prep and nursery are combined. There has been much development in the last 30 years, including a fine concert/assembly hall, music school, science labs and a performing arts centre. Facilities are good and the school is well positioned for field work and expeditions to Exmoor, Dartmoor and the Quantocks. Examination results are very good.
        An exceptionally strong music department; innovative drama and art. There is a good range of games
        and sports, with a special emphasis on outdoor pursuits. Many activities and a distinguished record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The school enjoys vigorous local support.

        School profile

        Pupils & entrance

        Pupils: Age range 3–18; 721 pupils (excluding nursery), 552 day (300 boys, 252 girls), 169 boarding (93 boys, 76 girls). Senior department 11–18, 500 pupils (278 boys, 222 girls).
        Entrance: Main entry ages 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance or own exam used; for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form subjects). State school entry, 25% main intake, under 10% to sixth form. 60+% of senior intake from own junior school.

        Scholarships & bursaries
        45 pa scholarships, value up to 50% of fees: 21 academic, 6 drama, 6 sport, 12 music (awarded at 8, 10–13, 16). Some bursaries, based on financial need.

        Head & staff

        Headmaster: Christopher J Alcock, in post from 2001. Educated at Sevenoaks
        School and Durham University (geography). Previously Deputy Head at King Edward’s Witley
        and taught at Stamford School and Queen’s College.
        Teaching staff: 66 full time, 38 part time
        (senior school).

        Exam results

        GCSE: In 2003, 82 pupils in Year 11: 84% gained at least grade C in 8+ subjects; 14% in 5–7 subjects. Average GCSE score 60 (62 over 5 years).
        A-levels: 49 in Year 13: 14% passed in 4 subjects, 76% in 3 subjects. Average tariff points 309.

        University & college entrance
        94% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on to a degree course (24% after a gap year). 45% took courses in science & engineering, 5% in law, 7% in economics & business, 33% in humanities & social sciences, 2% in art & design, 7% in vocational subjects eg physiotherapy, hotel and catering. Others typically go straight into careers.

        GCSE, AS and A-levels. 22 GCSE and A-level subjects, 24 AS-level (including A-level music).
        Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level. On average 30% took science A-levels; 40% arts/humanities, 30% both. No A-level general studies; key skills not taught.
        Vocational: Work experience available.
        Special provision: Specialist help for dyslexics.
        Languages: French and Spanish offered at GCSE and A-level. Regular exchanges to France and Spain.
        ICT: Taught both across the curriculum and as a discrete subject (1–2 lessons/week in Years 7–9 and Year 12); GCSE and A-level offered. 150 computers for pupil use (9 hours a day); network across whole site and internet access in all departments.

        The arts

        Music: 50% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Some 15 musical groups including choir, 2 orchestras, wind band, madrigal group, rhythm & blues band. 3 recent members of National Youth Orchestra, 5 of National Children’s Orchestra.
        Drama: Drama offered; GCSE and A-level drama and theatre studies may be taken. Many pupils are involved in school productions; 3 in National Youth Theatre.
        Art & design: On average, 25 take GCSE, 5 A-level. Design, pottery, textiles, photography and printmaking also offered.

        Sport & activities

        Sport: Rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, badminton, swimming, tennis, rounders, athletics, cross-country, fencing, squash compulsory. GCSE and A-level PE and RLSS exams and CCPR Sports Leaders Course may be taken.
        Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Community service optional. Up to 10 clubs, eg war games, model making, sixth-form society, canoeing.

        School life

        Uniform: School uniform worn until sixth form.
        Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy/girl, head of house and house prefects – appointed by the Head.
        Religion: Part
        of a group of Methodist schools.
        Social: Organised trips abroad. Pupils allowed to bring own car or
        bike to school. Meals self-service. School shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.

        Fines and suspension used. Pupils failing to produce homework are detained to do it.

        Upper sixth have own study bedroom, lower sixth share with 2; 50% are in dormitories of 6+. Houses of 40, same as competitive houses. Resident qualified nurse. Central dining room. Visits to local town allowed for older pupils.



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