In this part of the School, we welcome children from Year 3 (aged 7) to Year 8 (aged 13). Our Headmaster is Mr Ed Burnett who joined the Prep School in 2023, following 8 years in the Senior School. There are approximately 300 boys and girls in the school with an average of 17 pupils per class. We offer a wonderfully varied Saturday Enrichment Programme for Years 3 to 6 if they wish to take part, while Saturday morning School is provided for Years 7 and 8 for much of the term.
The School is non-selective, which means your child won’t be expected to sit entrance exams. Despite this, our results are well above national average and our dedicated team of teachers are committed to helping your child reach their full potential.
If your child is particularly gifted, we have a selection of scholarships available for entry into Year 7, and discretionary Headmaster’s Awards are occasionally awarded for pupils entering into other year groups. Means-tested Assisted Places are also available so do make contact with our admissions team if you’d like more information.
We also have boarding provision for our Prep School students, and “Thone House” is right in the heart of the school. There are between 30 and 40 full time boarders aged 7 to 13 who are all looked after by a team of experienced staff, and headed up by Mrs Katherine Wells, who is both Head of Boarding and Houseparent. Many of our boarders are full-time boarders, but we also offer weekly or flexi-boarding to suit your requirements.
It goes without saying that the Prep and Senior school share tremendous facilities with two swimming pools and two theatres. Taunton Prep School has some outstanding facilities of its own including a performing arts centre, sports hall, extensive sports pitches, IT Suite and state of the art design & technology equipment.
The School is committed and able to continually invest and improve infrastructure on a significant level and has recently cut the ribbon on the latest ambitious project; a redevelopment of dining facilities. This multi-million-pound facility enables all students and staff to be together in a first-class communal and versatile space.
As a “through-school”, we offer the benefit of guaranteed school places as your child progresses from Prep onto the Senior School. Being based on one school site is a huge advantage for introducing your child to new parts of the school in preparation for their educational journey. You can be confident that your child will be fully prepared to move on and embrace the step up to the senior school with confidence.