Junior Summer School for students aged 7 – 12

Taunton School International provides a range of Summer School courses aimed at providing a thorough introduction to life at a traditional British Boarding School:

The Summer School courses are small and friendly. Our own term-time teachers and pastoral staff work on these courses providing 24 hour care appropriate to the students’ ages and needs. We are always there to help students when they require support and to provide a secure and safe environment.

Junior Summer School pupils live in newly refurbished boarding houses on the beautiful rural campus of Taunton School International Middle School.  Dormitories are small and well equipped with experienced house staff taking care of them 24 hours a day.

We provide a supportive and caring environment and keep pupils busy with a full leisure programme offering evening activities and weekend excursions, leaving no time to miss home!


The school provides three hot meals a day with lunch in the Taunton School Dining Room and breakfast and supper served in ‘The Orangery’ – a light and airy dining complex at the Middle School.  The food is offered as a buffet selection and includes plenty of choice, fresh vegetables, fruit and desserts.  A variety of diets are catered for.


Taunton School International Middle School has its own medical facility which provides 24 hour medical care on site or in the main Health Centre at Taunton School.

All Junior Summer School pupils are able to see a nurse or doctor if they are feeling unwell.  In addition, all staff of Taunton School International are First Aid trained.

Keeping in Touch with Home

Keeping in touch with home is important for pupils and families and staff ensure that appropriate contact is maintained via telephone and email access, using the excellent IT facilities of the Taunton School International Middle School.

Students are given email and internet access and emergency contact details are issued to both students and parents.

  • 25 hours of tuition a week
  • Specialist teachers
  • Maximum 10 students per class
  • Students are placed in classes according to their age and ability
  • Levels range from beginners (A1 Common European Framework) to advanced (C1 Common European Framework).
  • Full academic report and certificate of attendance at the end of the course

English – 15 hours per week:

  • Accurate use of spoken and written English
  • Reading and writing skills
  • Development of vocabulary
  • Listening and pronunciation
  • Confidence building and fluency
  • Academic focus
  • City and Guilds International English Qualification which follows the Common European Framework

Other academic subjects – 10 hours per week:

All students study other academic subjects, and have the opportunity to study up to six other subjects during a three week course.  Classes may involve class work, project work and visits to local places of interest.  The following courses are normally offered, subject to demand:

  • Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Business Studies
  • Art
  • History
  • Geography
  • ICT
  • Economics
  • Drama
  • Languages (French, German & Spanish)

Every day students have the opportunity to enjoy Taunton School’s superb sports facilities which include two indoor heated swimming pools, a fitness gym, three sports halls, extensive playing fields and numerous tennis courts. A full programme of activities and excursions is organised by experienced, well-qualified staff and students are supervised at all times.


Each day there is a wide range of organised and supervised sports on offer for everyone, for example:

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Tag Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Fitness Training
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Rounders
  • Baseball
  • Croquet
  • Tennis

Evening Activities

Each day there is a wide range of organised and supervised activities on offer for everyone.  Possible examples are:

  • Cinema
  • Skittles / Bowling
  • Craft evenings
  • Talent and singing competitions
  • Shopping trips
  • Fencing
  • Beach games and surfing
  • Circus Skills

After an activity there is usually free time so that students can relax with their friends. Students will go on an excursion on a Saturday and sometimes as part of their lessons.

Weekend Excursions

Here are examples of some of the excursions that we offer:

  • Some of the weekend excursions undertaken recently are:City Tours
    • Bournemouth – lively, cosmopolitan seaside town
    • Bath – Roman spa town
    • Cardiff – vibrant capital of Wales
    • Bristol – important commercial centre in South West England

    Activity Days

    • Paignton Zoo – 3000 animals, 5 habitats and acres of activities
    • Cannington Activity Centre – state of the art high and low ropes courses
    • Woodlands Centre – the largest family theme park in South West England
    • Crealy Adventure Park – Devon’s outdoor challenge and adventure park

Travel, food and group activities are included in the course fees. Drinks and souvenirs are extra.

Sample timetable:

Sample Week’s Timetable Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
Morning English Lessons English Lessons English Lessons English Lessons English Lessons Day trip to Exeter Relaxation
Afternoon Other Academic Subjects

Swimming Volleyball Tennis

Other Academic Subjects

Basketball Badminton Fitness Suite

Other Academic Subjects

Free time to go into town

Other Academic Subjects

Rounders Football Tennis

Other Academic Subjects

Swimming Volleyball Tennis

Underground tunnel tour



Art Gallery


Sport or free time to go into town
Evening Beach Games and Go-Karting Cinema or Crafts Bowling Fencing BBQ


Pamper night / Pool competition Talent Show