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Rowing is run as a games option throughout the school, in the Autumn, Spring and Summer term.


  • Students train throughout the games programme for an hour and a half, twice a week.
  • Students wanting to develop their rowing further have the opportunity to link in with sessions with Taunton Rowing Club.
  • Access to the Performance Programme sessions.


Students have competed in competitions with Taunton Rowing Club.

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We have a number of students representing Taunton Rowing Club as a result of our link with the club. Their Head coach is Mr Ian Payne, a teacher at Taunton School.

Head of Rowing – Mr Ian Payne

Ian Payne, our Head of Rowing, has been involved in the sport for over thirty years at county and regional level. He has coached complete beginners to international rowers, and is Level 2 qualified by British Rowing. On top of these achievements, he has won numerous awards for his work in developing rowing in the local area. Mr Payne is currently the chair of a charity that has built a £1 million community project in French Weir Park which will house TS Rowing alongside a wide range of other activities and groups.