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READING the newspapers, innovation and
imagination seem very much to be in short
The desperate economic circumstances,
coupled with a lack of confidence as well
as money in doing new things, all creates a
rather negative attitude in our country.
In education Mr Gove is taking us
back to ‘the good old days’. Having slain
the dragons which were modules and
coursework, he is challenging the
education community to teach with
more rigour and prepare pupils
for examinations which are more
I applaud these moves by the
Secretary of State for Education.
Taunton School has always
been ready to take on more
ensure its pupils
are given the
the world they
with Mr Gove
some months back, I
encouraged him to make
Britain a more competitive place. Clearly he
wishes to do so.
What makes Taunton School different,
however, is its wish to move not only
By DR JOHN NEWTON,
Headmaster, Taunton School
quickly and effectively to this new academic
agenda, but also to provide a wealth of extra
activity that will inspire and enrich the
education of our students.
No school I know speaks of the global
challenge. No school I know is prepared
to be innovative with its sciences and
engineering. No school I know puts a strong
21st Century purpose on every single
activity, visit and overseas expedition that it
Because while we are struggling to do
the basics and finding innovation in short
supply, the world is moving very quickly
Countries and continents, which once we
thought were backward, are coming to the
Africa is now the fastest growing
continent economically in the world. Outer
Mongolia is the fastest growing single
economy in the world. China is announcing
new initiatives to improve the infrastructure
and their way of life for the next 20 to
30 years. Other parts of Asia are equally
ambitious to hold their own in the modern
We need to prepare our young people to
be globally minded problem solvers of the
future. The jobs that are exciting, that pay
well, that provide long lasting stimulus are
no longer in Europe.
And as we prepare our children with
the mindset as well as the academic
qualifications to take on the world beyond
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'We need to prepare our young people to be globally minded problem solvers of the future'
April 27th (0-13 years) 9.30am-12.30pm
May 6th (0-18 years) 9.30am-12.30pm
CHARLIE Hutton-Pattemore has been presented
with a coveted BAFTA by actress Anna Shaﬀer.
He won the Game Concept Award and is now
developing his game with computer experts.
THE 2013 RaG week shattered its original target
of raising £3,000 for school charities. Events
included girls' rugby, a Prefect 'auction' and
boys' body waxing.
MICKEY Li reached the National Final of
the European Piano Teachers' Association
competition in Manchester and achieved a
fantastic third place.
SIXTH Form student Jodie Dibble moved
another step closer to playing for the full
England women's cricket team by going on the
England Academy's tour to Sri Lanka.
WORK is well under
way on the latest major
development at Taunton
School – a second Astroturf
sports pitch, costing
£675,000 and due to be
completed by September.
The pitch – in Olympicstyle blue with a red
surround – is being
constructed on the site of
the old Shale games area.
The scheme, which was
approved in November
after flood defence work
in that area of the school
proved successful, has
Invest in your
support from a number of
Among them was the late
Colonel Peter Durrant, who
left a substantial legacy
to the Taunton School
Foundation, and the floodlit
pitch will be called ‘The
Durrant’ in his honour.
Headmaster Dr John
Newton said: “We have
long needed an extra
playing surface and I know
this will be high quality as
well as attractive to look
at. We look forward to
the grand opening in the
Who dares wins
PROVIDING the best
education for our children
is one of the most important
challenges we face as parents.
And, in any challenge, there
are brave decisions to be taken
– decisions which sometimes
involve an element of risk.
Yet there is an easy way to
remove that risk ... whether you
are considering senior, junior,
infant or nursery schooling.
Come and discover that
Taunton School may offer
much more than you think.
Have a coffee, take a look
around and see for yourself
what we do.
For junior-age children, our
Prep School offers a world of
The National Audit Office
has warned that a quarter of
a million extra school places
will be needed in England by
autumn 2014 to meet rising
The watchdog claimed one in
five primary schools in England
was full or near capacity and
there were signs of "real strain"
Yet, at Taunton Prep School,
our junior children benefit
from smaller class numbers to
allow the best opportunities for
They are also with us until
the age of 13 – allowing them
to develop confidence and
become leaders in their own
environment before moving up
to our senior school.
Children need to be allowed
to take risks and learn for
themselves how to cope with
the unexpected. It is when they
are out of their comfort zone
that they learn the most.
Alongside the main
academic subjects, our children
need to develop skills which
will sustain them at school and
Taunton Prep School
is introducing a two-year
programme of study for
pupils in Year 7 and 8 which
aims to prepare them for the
challenges of life as young
adults academically, socially,
culturally and spiritually.
It does so by actively
developing and tracking
knowledge, skills and attitudes,
alongside academic subjects.
Remove the risk over your
child's education by YOU
paying us a visit.
Who dares wins ...
TAUNTON School has been
developing its links with local
primary schools by hosting a
series of Take 5! workshops.
a day at
about film making.
The children devise, film
and edit their all-singing, alldancing blockbuster ready for
a red carpet premiere before
parents and friends later in
The pupils are involved
in every aspect of the
production and are sent a free
copy of the final DVD from
their special day.
Children from Enmore,
Thurlbear, Milverton and
Nether Stowey schools have
already visited with Curry
Mallet pupils due to Take 5!
An inspirational education
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America and the West, we will not have
prepared them properly for the future
unless these world transformations are
uppermost in our minds.
It is therefore an educational necessity
that our young people are educated with
others from different backgrounds.
It is vital that we organise our visit to
Shenzen in China and other parts of the
fast growing world. Our visit is heavily
subsidised as it is a profound educational
It remains vital that we organise
expeditions to very different places such as
India, South East Asia and Ethiopia.
Our pupils will also enjoy the
opportunity of visiting the Galapagos
Islands in the summer of 2014 – a rare
and wonderful opportunity to see the
place where Charles Darwin conceived his
Theory of Evolution.
Because education is about the whole of
life. Taunton School does not simply want
to go through the motions. It is not simply
a matter of crawling over the line into a
Education is a matter of inspiration. It
is a matter of events and initiatives which
remain alive in the minds of our pupils
until they retire aged 70 or 75.
Education is about nurturing fulfilled
human beings in every way. Concerts that
are worthy of public performance, shows
whose standards are extraordinarily high,
sport which is demanding and yet provides
opportunity for all – all these things
demonstrate the vibrancy and energy of
And when our guest speakers from
public life come to address us, our pupils
simply gain a more sharpened world view
and a greater sense of their place within the
world and its many changes.
To conclude, Taunton School is all about
It has no small ideas for your children so
come along and visit us and feel the racing
pulse of this imaginative thrusting 21st
I WROTE in a recent Taunton School
Times article that there is no such thing
as a Taunton School “type”.
To mingle with our students will
prove to anyone that the stereotype of a
posh independent school pupil is a thing
of the past.
We celebrate the fact that our students
come from all walks of life. They are
not all brainy or sporty. They are typical
children who are encouraged to make
the most of their talents.
Their parents are caring, hard
working people who, in the majority
of cases, did not go to an independent
school themselves. Like all parents they
want the best for their children.
I have often heard people say “if
only I could go back to
my youth but with the
confidence I have now”.
It sits nicely with George
Bernard Shaw’s “youth is
wasted on the young”.
As we get older we gain
confidence and lose the
fear of asking questions.
What’s the worst thing
that can happen in asking
a question? We might get
an answer we don’t like?
However, the flip side
is that we get the answer
we do want which can
CHOOSING a school is a somewhat
daunting task – deciding to move from
one school to another is a decision not
Jack was halfway through his first
term in Year 9 when we started to look
at what was on offer at various schools
locally so he could pursue his real
interests in languages, sport and music.
Finny was the first to go and meet
Dr Newton and see the school. It was
'Taunton School is all about ambition ... it has no small ideas for your children'
By LEE GLASER, Deputy
Headmaster, Taunton School
enhance our lives.
So what’s the worst thing that
could happen if you got in touch and
asked for support with school fees?
There are many scholarships on
offer at Year 9 and Year 12. Whether
you consider your child to be sporty,
academic, arty, musical, dramatic or an
all-rounder, there are scholarships to
If cost is a concern, we have a bursary
scheme that may be available to you.
All applications and awards are kept
confidential and advice is available from
our team. What harm would it do to
pick up the phone and
contact our Registrar,
Mr Declan Rogers?
The cost of
investing in your
Taunton School is
the words of an
your child develop
into a confident,
Eye-opener to a
whole new world
NIGEL Muers-Raby tells why he and his
wife Finny chose to send their son Jack
to Taunton School ...
April 27th (0-13 years) 9.30am-12.30pm
clear from that first meeting that there
was something special about Taunton
First and foremost it is obviously a
very happy and welcoming place where
students are encouraged to pursue a
wide range of interests.
Even more importantly there were no
‘barriers’ to getting Jack in – he was able
to join after half-term on the basis of a
report from his previous school and the
meetings we had with Dr Newton.
Jack settled in incredibly quickly
with the help and support of teachers
and students alike and, within days, it
seemed as if he had been there for ever!
Jack has been inspired
to pursue his interests and
others which he didn’t even
know he had.
He finds the environment
stimulating and the range
of activities open to him
has been an eye-opener to a
whole new world.
LEFT: Jack Muers-Raby,
front centre, with some of
SIX Year 9 students exchanged Britain's winter
for the heat of AUSTRALIA to spend six weeks
in Melbourne on the first leg of an exchange.
Their partner students visit here in the summer.
FORTY children went on the 11th Choir Tour this time to ROME. The group, all members of
the senior or junior choirs, performed in two of
the most prestigious venues in the city.
THE Design and Technology department
took a group of Lower Sixth students to SAN
FRANCISCO to study everything from an electric
commuter vehicle to jelly bean production.
FIFTEEN students from Years 10-13 spent nine
days in SHENZHEN, CHINA, on a cultural
exchange during the recent Easter holiday and
took part in a wide range of activities and visits.
BUSINESS and Leisure Studies students had a
busy itinerary as they went to BARCELONA. It
included a visit to the F1 Circuit de Catalunya, a
guided tour of the old city and a boat trip.
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