We aim to provide a safe, secure and happy environment, where emotional and physical wellbeing are at our core.
THE HEALTH CENTRE
Students have access to medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the centrally located Health Centre. Mrs Emily Kane is the Sister-in-charge and she is well supported by a team of nurses, doctors, matrons, a physiotherapist and counsellors; we put the students and their wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. There are also links with local dentists and opticians allowing us to support students who require emergency appointments. The county hospital, Musgrove Park, is just 5 minutes away.
The nurses have extensive and varied medical experience between them and the following are just some of their responsibilities:
- Caring for unwell and injured pupils
- Supporting children with chronic medical conditions
- Health screening
- Travel advice and immunisation/vaccination programmes
- Supporting pupils with and promoting good mental health
- Advice and support for parents and staff
Students are encouraged to speak to a member of staff or the school’s medical team, who are accessible 24 hours a day, when seeking support for maintaining and promoting good mental health. In addition, every member of teaching staff is a trained member of Mental Health First Aid.
Providing top quality sustenance throughout the day for our children is hugely important to ensure they are healthy, focused and energised for their busy life at Taunton School.
Meals are taken together in the state-of-the-art dining room which caters for the whole school community. This light and spacious facility provides a welcoming environment for students to enjoy their meals and acts as a central hub for dining in the heart of the school.
Our dedicated team of chefs produce healthy, nutritious and appetising food for students to enjoy. There is an excellent choice, including provision for many different dietary needs and requirements and we are proud to source the majority of our produce locally.
There is also a school shop, Griffins, located in the heart of the school and older students have the freedom to purchase a variety of different snacks and drinks.
RELIGION & SPIRITUAL LIFE
As a Christian school with Christian values, we respect and welcome a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and religious beliefs. All students, irrespective of their religion are encouraged to explore and develop their own faith whilst at the school.
Built in 1907, our beautiful chapel is at the heart of the school community. Students attend and participate in many Chapel services throughout the year, from hymn practice and presentations, to Harvest, Remembrance, Easter and Carol Services.
Our School Chaplain, Mrs Getman, plays a key role in the pastoral care of all pupils, regardless of their faith, and is always on hand to offer support and spiritual and moral guidance.
PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) is an integral part of the curriculum and embedded in the ethos of the school. The aim is to help students live fulfilled and happy lives, to understand the difference between right and wrong and to develop the skills to make those judgements. An experienced team of PSHE teachers deliver the curriculum in an age appropriate way to meet the needs of our students.