Boys at pool table
Senior Boarding
Senior Boarding

Senior Boarding

The boarding community lies right at the heart of Taunton School.

Homely, cosmopolitan and centrally located, all five boarding houses are a hive of activity and all have their own distinctive identities, legendary characters and colourful histories.

Our five boarding houses provide a safe and secure homely environment for pupils aged 13 to 18 years old either for full, weekly or flexible boarding at Taunton School. The Fairwater, Wills East and Wills West boarding houses accommodate the boys and Weirfield and Woodyer accommodate the girls.

Although each house has its own unique personality, all have similar pastoral structures, a common ethos and modern facilities, with spacious dormitories, recreational areas, lounges and ICT suites at their disposal to aid work, rest and play.


Join a close-knit community of boarders

Taunton School boarders love their houses with a passion and enjoy nothing more than passing on stories to the younger generations. Whether it be the Weirfield girls waxing lyrical about famous House Singing victories, or perhaps the legendary tunnel that Fairwater boys love to boast about, that is said to run from their house to the cricket pavilion on the other side of the school campus. The stories and myths seem to get embellished with each passing year!  The school’s newest House, Woodyer even has its own mascot, ‘Woody’ the bear who seems to pop up all over the world and in some of the most iconic and unlikely locations. Unsurprisingly ‘Fondue Friday’ (of the chocolate variety) held in Woodyer House is a particular favourite and is quickly earning its own place in Taunton School folklore.

Understandably many of our day pupils are keen not to be left out of the action and have taken the opportunity to board on a flexi or weekly basis, bringing with them their own unique personalities and stories to add to vibrant culture that exists in all of the boarding houses.

As well as the time spent together in their boarding houses, our boarders also get to enjoy a wide range of activities together, from discos, cinema trips, paintballing and trips to nearby cities Exeter and Bath, to sports like football, basketball, swimming and surfing.

Friendships formed in the boarding community really do last a lifetime and no bond is firmer than that shared between those who have enjoyed a magical experience with some great people in a house that they love.

Three female boarders drinking tea

Outstanding pastoral support

A team of house staff, including Housemasters, Housemistresses and House Tutors, are always on hand to advise, support and provide exceptional academic and pastoral care to all boarders. Our excellent food hall provides a vibrant environment for boarders to enjoy a wide range of meals together, plus fun activities, clubs and down time take care of evenings and weekends.

You can find out more about each individual house and its staff below.



Get in touch

If you have any questions about Senior Boarding or would like to book a visit, please get in touch with our friendly Admissions team:

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