We know how important it is for our international students to integrate with the British students at Taunton School and there are lots of ways in which we achieve this:
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, all our sports programmes are integrated with the Senior School. Many of our students gain places on Senior School sports teams, such as in Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Swimming, Football, Basketball and Tennis, which provide wonderful opportunities to share their passion for sport whilst making British friends.
Activities & Clubs
With an extended lunch break and with time after school, our international students are able to access the 100 clubs and societies which run throughout the year. From debating, to horse riding, to music, to cookery, to drama, there is something for everyone.
We have a fantastic music department at Taunton School and our international students are often involved in Senior School orchestras, bands, choirs, ensembles and concerts. Music provides an excellent way of bringing people together and the enrichment this creates for all is often life-changing.
Every year, Taunton School puts on extremely ambitious theatrical productions and all our international students are welcome to participate, either on stage or perhaps behind the scenes. No matter what ability or level of English the student might have, there is a role for everyone and as Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage”.
At Taunton School, we have one central dining hall for all the senior aged students, offering a huge variety of home-cooked food. With breakfast, lunch and supper times corresponding to those at the Senior School, our international students can meet up with their British friends and put the world to rights whilst enjoying a hot, healthy and delicious plate of food.
Every Saturday and Sunday, there is something to keep our students busy. Weekend excursions are organised for the whole school and offer our international students the opportunity to meet new friends from the Senior School in a more relaxed and fun way. Whether it be shopping in Exeter, go-karting in Bristol, taking in the Roman sites in Bath, marvelling at the World Heritage site of Stonehenge near Salisbury or simply enjoying a meal out together, there are so many trips on offer that every interest is catered for.
Just as in Harry Potter, there are a number of ‘Houses’ at Taunton School. The international students represent Foxcombe House (a house that has been on the current site for over 100 years!) and we compete in a huge number of inter-house competitions each year, including House Singing, House Debating, House Cookery, House Chess, House Hockey, House Rugby, House Football, House Cross-Country, House Swimming, House Tennis, House Netball and House Cricket.
As you can see, there are so many ways our international students integrate with their peers at the Senior School and by doing so, they make life-long friends and when they transfer to the Senior School for the Sixth Form, they will already have a large friendship group of both international and British friends.