Fatima from Mexico
“I would describe TSI in one word as ‘Inspirational’. This is the first time I have lived without my parents which helps a lot with my learning of how to be independent. I like the culture mix at TSI and I have got to know new people from different nationalities. The trips are well organised and there is a lot of variation.
The best thing that has happened while I’ve been here is that I became a prefect. Another great thing was that I got to organise the Christmas Social – all aspects of it – decorations, food, advertising, DJ and music plus lights! We also advertised it across the school through posters and visiting other houses on the campus and over 100 students came, 35 from the senior school, 15 from TSIMS and 82 from TSI.
I particularly like the ICT equipment at the school. It is very good because they have touchscreens which are very useful. Also, Firefly [the electronic system on the school computers] is good, it helps greatly with learning and teaching. There is lots of variety of food each day and the quality is very good. There is also a lot of alternative options i.e for vegetarians and there are international days where they cook foods from all over the world.”
Valentin from Russia
“Having spent two years at Foxcombe and then two years in Taunton Senior School I can proudly say that there are no better alternatives to this school. The staff members are extremely supportive and cheerful and the students are incredibly well integrated. One of the best things about Foxcombe is how it shapes your character; you gain the skills and experience of being independent, away from home, and this toughens you up.
The school has played a massive role in helping me become the person I am today. I chose Taunton School because it offered the one-year iGCSE programme and it was the best school that does this.
I later decided to continue my education in the Senior School as I felt that the transition would be smooth and that I would prosper in that environment, which I certainly did because I was made Head Boy in my final year. I am going to the London School of Economics (LSE) to study Mathematics and Economics and I am planning on running my own business in the future or to work in finance.”
Costanza from Italy
“I got to know Taunton School thanks to a friend who had just finished the IB course there. My initial plan was to start in the Sixth Form in Taunton Senior School, but the atmosphere at the International School at Foxcombe and the opportunity to improve my skills made me decide to take GCSEs first.
This choice has turned out to be the right one, not only because I had a great time thanks to the many friends I made and the support from the staff, but also because I have massively improved my English and knowledge in the other subjects.
Next year I will take the IB at Taunton Senior School and in the future I would like to study International Relations. I don’t know which university I will go to yet, but thanks to this school, there are no limits to my choice.”
Canes from Turkey
“I started at TSI in 2016 and progressed to TS in 2017. I’m currently studying A Levels in Computer Science, Economics and Maths. I chose to come to this school after speaking to an agent and then visiting several schools in the UK. I was so impressed with Taunton School International, especially the breadth of subjects and co-curricular activities on offer.
When I saw the amazing grounds I knew it was the place for me. I settled in very quickly when I started at TSI and it was great to have many friends join me at TS too. I am always kept busy, there is so much to do. I enjoy basketball and swimming competitively and having use of the swimming pool and gym is great. I hope to stay in the UK when I leave TS and go to University.
I would definitely recommend TSI to my friends back home.”
Demi from America
“I like being at TSI because it is a great opportunity to go to another country and study. I feel very responsible and independent since starting here.
It is a good opportunity to learn new things. The staff are great – house staff, office staff and domestic staff – all fabulous. Psychology is my favourite subject as the teacher helps to make it fun so learning is easy. We do a lot of experiments as well, which makes the lessons more interesting.
The best thing that I have done so far is my team won the House Basketball tournament and I also became a prefect. I love the sports department at TS because there is a wide variety of sport to do e.g. hockey, swimming, netball etc. TS is a well-equipped school with sports facilities including gyms, courts and swimming pools.”