King's Hall School is a co-educational boarding and day school offering places to boys and girls from the ages of two to thirteen; offering weekly and flexi-boarding from the age of seven. King's Hall provides an environment which encourages all children to thrive on the basis of mutual trust which produces a happy and stimulating atmosphere.
About the school
King’s Hall School is a leading Pre-Prep and Prep school with around 320 girls and boys. Set in a beautiful countryside location surrounded by farmland, the school is only a couple of minutes drive from the centre of Taunton. The school respects traditional values and boarding is a strong feature, which contributes to the tangible family atmosphere that exists in the school. Children enjoy a challenging all-round education in a progressive and stimulating environment. King's Hall has a partner senior school, King's College, Taunton, and the two schools benefit from having their own independent sites, furnished with excellent age appropriate facilities and attitudes to maximise the opportunities for the children in our care. There is a close working relationship between King’s Hall and King’s College and the vast majority of pupils move on there at age 13.
In a similar series of successes, as seen on Super Saturday, there may well be an equivalent at King's Hall School in Taunton – 'Topnotch Tuesday' – as three teams brought home three titles from three events.
24th June 2021 — The U11 boys won the county finals and then went on to win the regional finals earlier this week, beating the best in Dorset (Clayesmore) and the best in Devon (Exeter). The boys played fantastically and have continued to develop well as a team. Their next step is on 8th July when they head to the national finals.
The U13 boys took part in the T10 cricket competition, an event they have attended the twice before. Having won it in the first year, and coming second two years ago (no event last year), they were hoping for a repeat of their previous success this year. Playing their opening matches against Wellington School and Clifton College, and as a result of winning both games, the team were placed top in their pool. Facing Millfield Prep in the final, the boys put on a sterling performance, with Zach scoring 64 to bring the side to victory.
With girls playing great cricket at the moment, Director of Sport, Mr Halls, wanted to provide them with the same opportunity for some competitive play. Hosting a girls' T10 competition for the first time at King's Hall, both the school's pitches were looking perfect and the girls, along with Wellington School, Taunton School and Blundell's School played some excellent cricket. They all looked comfortable facing a hard ball, and Anna Hardy, first team coach, was thrilled with their bowling. The girls went through the day undefeated, supported by the school community, all witnessing some fantastic matches.
Commenting, Mr Halls, said: "This has been such a brilliant day for the school, and the perfect end to the year for our Year 8 children.
"It all comes from a serious amount of hard work over the years and a great approach towards sport in general. We’ve been coaching our pupils in cricket and a range of other sports and activities, helping them to prepare both physically and mentally".
He added: "Alex Barrow's JHPP (Junior High Performance Programme) for cricket has been running brilliantly. It’s a fun and focused way to develop our best cricketers, and we’ve had a season of excellent matches and results, with this amazing highlight yesterday to finish off the Summer Term!"
Up and down the country, schools have been finding ways to ensure a balance between academic work, the inescapable screen time that online lessons bring, physical exercise, and of course mental wellbeing.
24th February 2021 — With this in mind, the Sports Department at King's Hall School in Taunton have been championing Wellbeing Wednesdays, aimed at enhancing the mental wellbeing of its pupils, staff and parents through physical exercise. Challenges and activities are posted to year group Teams pages, with pupils sending in videos and photos of their efforts. Many are shared across the school's social media channels using the hashtag #WellbeingWednesday.
Following on from this, on the final Wednesday of the half term, the school held a 'Wellness Wednesday', with pupils undertaking a range of tasks and pursuits to enhance their wellbeing and mental health, to take learning out of the ‘screen environment’, and to provide a chance for reflection and a well-earned break from the reality of sitting at a computer screen for most of the day.
A Bingo card of activities was created that included such things as yoga, sketching, a photo scavenger hunt, writing a card or letter to a loved one, mindfulness colouring, in fact all manner of activities to encourage relaxation, fulfilment and happiness. Pupils were invited to record or photograph their accomplishments and share them with the school community.
Since the start of this third lockdown, along with senior school King’s College, the school has provided a full online programme of lessons that was initially devised last year in response to the first school closures in March. Part of this programme is taken up with the aforementioned sport and fitness activities and challenges, as well as the more creative areas of the curriculum: art, music, drama and DT all have their own Teams pages inspiring pupils to be imaginative, inventive and resourceful.
Commenting, Deputy Head (pastoral), Steve Watson said: "Looking after yourself has probably never been as pertinent as it is now and for our young people it is important that we point them in the right direction and guide them as to how to go about it. Wellness Wednesday is a small part of this. It has been wonderful to see pupils completing tasks ranging from yoga sessions, to making their own smoothie, to sketching British birds."
King's Hall pupils bring cheer to elderly residents
The pupils at King's Hall School have brought some early festive cheer by writing letters to the elderly residents at a local care home this term, many of whom have been unable to see their families because of the second Covid lockdown.
16th December 2020 — Last month the King's Hall School Pupil Council met to discuss ideas for fundraising and community-based initiatives, and after agreeing a casual clothes day in aid of Children in Need, next on the agenda was the idea of letter writing.
During the first lock down, some of the school's Pre-Prep children sent letters to local elderly residents, and some of the senior pupils at King’s College, Taunton also started a pen pal scheme in a similar vein.
With this in mind the members of the Pupil Council decided to encourage the whole school to write letters, which were then duly posted.
Pupil Council Chair, Thomas R, said: “Many of us at King’s Hall wanted to write letters to the elderly people in local care homes. We are aware that some of these people have not been able to see their families due to Covid-19 and it felt wonderful to know that we could do something to make them a little happier during these difficult times”.
After a few weeks of sending the letters, the children received a wonderful reply from Jackie Gower, Acting Deputy Manager at Beauchamp Country Care House:
“I would like to thank all the children who wrote such lovely letters to the residents at Beauchamp House, they were completely overwhelmed and touched by the letters. We had tears of joy at times, they were delighted."
She added: “I have enough letters to give out again to the residents when it gets closer to Christmas. They have so appreciated the very kind gesture by the children. Some of the residents hope to write back. Once again thank you to you and your team and a massive thank you to the children.”
Jago Wins Anthony Horowitz Short Story Competition
During the period of lockdown Jago B, a Year 8 pupil at King's Hall School, entered a national short story competition, and recently discovered he was the winner!
28th September 2020 — Alex Rider is a series of spy novels by British author Anthony Horowitz about a teenage spy named Alex Rider. The series is aimed primarily at teens and young adults. Jago came across the competition online and was instantly inspired to take part.
"When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it's never good news."
Using the first line from Stormbreaker as the story starter, publishers, Walkers Books, were looking for a short story with a maximum of 500 words, packed with action, adrenaline and adventure, inspired by Alex Rider’s adventures. In Jago's entry, they certainly got what they were looking for.
The judges expressed how Jago's story 'was a pleasure to read with exceptional description, an imaginative plot, good characterisation and great pacing/tension.' His story will soon be published on the Alex Rider website https://alexrider.com/
As part of the prize the school have also won ten signed copies of the brand new mission in the Alex Rider series, Nightshade, and a class set of Alex Rider secret message pens, bookmarks and stickers.
Commenting, Head of English at the school, Jane Stuckes, said: "Using the story starter, ‘When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it’s never good news’, as a rip roaring opening, Jago’s stylish action-adventure had me literally holding my breath until the witty punchline ending: ‘Then he bolted from the room.’ Move over Anthony Horowitz, here comes Jago B! Congratulations Jago: an outstanding story!"
And to top things off, Anthony himself commented on a tweet from the school saying he thought Jago's story was 'such a lively, entertaining piece of writing', adding 'when I was your age, I was nowhere near as good as you.'
The Year 8 pupils at King's Hall School used their creativity to ensure their usual charity fundraiser went ahead – albeit virtually.
3rd July 2020 — As with many other aspects of school life this term, pupils and staff began toying with the idea of creating a virtual version of the traditional Year 8 Charity Fair that would normally take place in the last week of the school year.
With the intention of raising as much money as possible for the children’s charity, Brainwave, suggestions for how this might work culminated in the idea of a series of challenges that would be recorded by the pupils for others to watch and predict the outcomes.
The onus was very much on the Year 8 pupils to deliver some fun and exciting challenges, and the school were delighted with the results. The activities ranged from the traditional 'guess the number of sweets in the jar' and egg throwing and catching, to the more painful 'hand in an ice bucket challenge' and drinking a pint of cold water in as short a time as possible. The girls proved far braver at this particular one as, unlike the boys, they brushed their teeth first, which apparently makes it more painful!
There were also some exciting football ‘keepy uppy’ and skipping competitions, as well some cricket challenges, grape throwing (and catching in the mouth!) and some challenges in which pupils even managed to involve their horses! Perhaps the prize for originality goes to the ‘guess how long the queue at the MacDonald’s drive thru is’ – the answer being very long indeed.
Some great fun was had by the Year 8s in producing the challenges and also by those watching them, but most importantly a very pleasing amount of money was raised for a very worthwhile charity.
At the time of writing, the children have exceeded their £1200 target.
When the disappointing decision was taken to cancel their annual Grandparents’ Day, our Pre-Prep team decided to propose a new way of connecting with loved ones – letter writing.
7th May 2020 — When the disappointing decision was taken to cancel their annual Grandparents’ Day, our Pre-Prep team decided to propose a new way of connecting with loved ones – letter writing. The annual event, which centers around family and usually sees around 100 attendees taking part, is always popular. So, this year, the children were asked to draw a portrait of a special someone, whether that’s mum, dad, granny or grandad, and accompany it with a short message. They were then encouraged to send the portrait to their chosen recipient; a small yet meaningful gesture that would no doubt go a long way.
Inspired, Year 1 pupil Carmen D decided to take the project to a new level. Over the past few weeks she has been sending her grandma weekly stories to keep them both entertained during lockdown. Much to her surprise, grandma had a similar knack for storytelling and together they created The Adventures of a Girl and her Magic Kitten.
The story follows the tale of Sally and her magical sidekick, Buttercup. When Buttercup’s fur begins to sparkle, the two are transported to an enchanted Candy World filled with cookies, marshmallow and drumstick lollies. In their latest adventure, the pair stumble across a majestic yet sad candyfloss pony. Why is he sad? That's a good question! It's over to you Grandma!