Mr Richard Biggs
Headmaster at King’s College, Taunton
After 137 years, we still need to learn from each other
It is with an enormous sense of pride and joy that I add my own welcome to this website. I have for some years now been convinced that the Indian subcontinent is going to be a key part of the lives of the pupils currently in my school in Taunton. India is a world force economically, of course – and is growing in importance – but it also shares much with the UK culturally and historically. We have a great deal to learn from each other, and this development is going to provide in addition to a wonderful education for the pupils in Rohtak, a fantastic, horizon-expanding connection for the pupils and staff in my own school.
At a time when education worldwide is undergoing rapid change and growing scrutiny, I believe that at King’s College, Taunton, we provide the sort of holistic, all-encompassing, nurturing and fulfilling experience which allows our boys and girls to go out into the world with confidence, to flourish and to be a force for good. Academic excellence is a given – brilliant teaching and strong exam grades are a must – but good education sees children in the round and develops all aspects of their character and spirit. It is this approach which we will be bringing to the new community at King’s College, India.
It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside the passionate people who have made the opening of this new school a reality. This is an exciting development, not just for Rohtak, but for India as a whole. Our UK schools are widely recognised as being among the best in the world. We will be planting our expertise and ethos in the fertile Indian soil and I know that the result will be extraordinary – a wonderful blend of all that is good in our two countries.
I hope you are inspired by what you read here. Please come and see the new school soon. If ever you happen to be in the UK, come and visit us in Taunton as well. In both schools, you will receive the very warmest of welcomes.
“An exceptionally happy school… a busy and purposeful community”
King’s College, Taunton in Somerset is one of Britain’s leading co-educational independent schools. It is set in beautiful countryside, with outstanding modern facilities, and prides itself on providing an all-round education in a secure and stimulating environment. Students leave with excellent academic qualifications, but great emphasis is also placed on developing individual kindness, consideration and courtesy.
This begins for many children at the King’s Hall Preparatory School, just up the road. Pupils transfer from the prep school to the senior school at the age of 13.
King’s College, Taunton was founded in 1880 by the Reverend Nathaniel Woodard, a highly practical and charismatic educational pioneer. His vision was to provide strong academic teaching, relevant to a changing world, coupled with an emphasis on caring for the needs of the whole child. The school continues to be part of the Woodard Trust, the largest group of Church of England schools in the country.
From the start in 1880, the school had a separate section for Juniors (8-12 year olds) in addition to the senior school (13-18 year olds); a tradition which the school maintains, although younger pupils today have their own premises at King’s Hall School nearby.
The Woodard Schools also have a long tradition of educating girls as well as boys in the Taunton area. Girls were educated in the 6th Form at King’s from 1968, and today the school is fully co-educational.
King’s College, Taunton is an England and Wales Cricket Board Centre of Excellence. It also boasts 8 former pupils playing professional rugby and cricket. The inspirational school choir won the BBC Songs of Praise – School Choir of the Year, while the orchestra regularly performs works in the standard professional repertoire. State-of-the-art theatre and drama studios have inspired a very high standard of performing arts.
The school welcomes students from all faiths in addition to those with none. It believes in the unique value of each individual, regardless of race, gender or creed.