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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Holiday Inn Taunton

How do I find out what schools are available around Taunton? 

There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk. You simply enter your location, perhaps Taunton, or another location and select primary schools or secondary schools. All the information parents need all there in percentages!

You could also try the paid for websites like www.schoolguide.co.uk . This one is quite cheap and you can pay monthly.

This is of course just the very first stage in selecting a school. You will to need see the videos on this page before even thinking of visiting the shortlist of schools on your list.

How do I find the state school catchment area in or around Holiday Inn Taunton? 
If you just need to know your school catchment area try www.admissionsday.co.uk .If you are looking for exhaustive information on the schools as well go to www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk

How do I find out how good a school is?
You will absolutely have to visit the school. However, do look at the video below. For armed is to be fore warned!

Nursery Schools

What's the difference between nursery and preschool? 
Preschools usually work around a formal curriculum and trained teachers - making them a little more expensive! Nursery schools are usually a more relaxed learning environment and more flexible enrolment terms. They are also cheaper and vary greatly.

What age is a preschooler? Ages up to 4 is considered preschooler with toddlers are 1 - 3 year old bracket. Basically 4-year-old are not 'toddling' around any more and so are no longer toddlers!

What does preschool mean? A preschool, or nursery school, is a pre-primary school, or play school for early childhood education. Preschool is for children before they begin compulsory education at primary school. 

Is Pre K considered preschool? Pre K schools are pre-kindergartens.

This page should help you answer these school finding questions!


Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for TA1
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Taunton

Primary Colours Day nursery

Galmington Rd, Taunton TA1 5NN, UK – 01823 334507

All be it a few years ago this was a great nursery

North Town Nursery

Staplegrove Rd, Taunton TA1 1DF, UK – 01823 284676

Warm caring school, where every child matters. First class, award winning sports tuition, great extra curricular activities, a creative curriculum for all.

It is good, Nice teachers, Nice headteachers. Just amazing.

Stepping Stones

Hudson Way, Taunton TA2 6UP, UK – 01823 324566

My daughter has been going to this nursery for 1.5 years now. It is a great nursery. The staff is very professional, dedicated and caring. They do everything to make sure the children are cared for and happy. They deserve their 'Outstanding' report.

Great place and staff.

After School Care

Razzamataz Theatre Schools Taunton

The Castle Sports Centre, Wellington Road, Taunton TA1 5AU, UK – 01884 243325

I really want to go here its my life long dteam

Shining Lights Christian Preschool

Gipsy Ln, Bishop's Hull, Taunton TA1 5LQ, UK – 07901 335450

I can highly reccommend this nursery. The preschool is set in a welcoming and creatively set out room, with lots of activites. The staff have always treated my daughter with the greatest care and I always feel confident she is being looked after well and learning lots at each session.

Tops Day Nurseries - Tops Musgrove

Musgrove Park Hospital, Wellington Rd, Taunton TA1 5BZ, UK – 01823 342038

My baby loves this place, al the staff sre very kind , A huge thank you to Scarlett and Amy, my baby loves them they are briliant!!!

Choosing a school around Taunton. This is an Australian video but has some really good Tips!

Taunton Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Taunton

Independent Schools for Taunton - private preparatory and senior schools. Prep schools age 8 yrs to 11yrs or 13 yrs. Senior schools age 11yrs or 13 yrs to 18yrs. Some independent schools have a pre-prep department (age 3 to 8yrs) as well as prep and senior schools. Independent schools can be co-educational or single sex.

Best Taunton Secondary Schools -

Heathfield Community School

School Rd, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton TA2 8PD, UK – 01823 412396

The teachers are good. There is quite a busy road outside the school at school time and is quite hard to cross the road to get in. There is a lot if litter around on the premises and the toilets are not very nice.

Great school

The Taunton Academy

Cheddon Rd, Taunton TA2 7QP, UK – 01823 348200

Yess go here

Bishop Fox’s School

Bishop Fox Dr, Taunton TA1 3HQ, UK – 01823 289211

Great school but need to make sure that fairness is part of the motto. Lots of favouritism with the teachers and selected pupils. Good otherwise

Great local school which has a very caring staff and high standards

Independent Schools

Taunton Preparatory School

Staplegrove Rd, Taunton TA2 6AE, UK – 01823 703307

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King's College

South Road, Taunton TA1 3LA, UK – 01823 328200

Great College. Provides a good quality education as well as extra curricular activities.

Average car access.

Taunton School

Staplegrove Rd, Taunton TA2 6AD, UK – 01823 703703

Still one of the best private schools in the West Country. Provides a rounded education for a wide variety of needs. Also a great wedding venue!

I was in Weirfield School in the 1960s. Very good school. Wonderful people - schoolmates & staff. The school produced a lot of successful women who are in many countries. Not sure I like the merger with Taunton school though.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for TA1 2UA . LEA primary schools age 4yrs (the year in which a child is 5) to 11yrs. Secondary schools age 11yrs to 16yrs or 18 yrs. Each school has a local catchment area.

Primary Schools

Parkfield Primary School

Parkfield Rd, Taunton TA1 4RT, UK – 01823 282125

I love our school

Holy Trinity Church of England VA Primary School

South St, Taunton TA1 3AF, UK – 01823 284128

brilliant! good but I didn't like all the mouldy food ewwwwwwwwwwwwww

Best primary school in taunton

Wellsprings Primary School

Crowcombe Road, Taunton TA2 7NF, UK – 01823 275556

That is my school it is a good school

It's my school

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial, inspecting and regulating services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in TA1 or anywhere in the country.
GetTheRightSchool was formed to offer a unique reference point on getting your child into the school of your choice. The web site covers all you need to about education choices with tips and a guide to the application process and issues that could impact your child's school day, from dealing with bullying, to money issues, to how to work out school catchment areas when they move schools.
Independent Schools Council Website - has a search facility: by county, school or postcode. The ISC brings together eight associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors and represents over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas.
Schools Web Directory - lists all UK local education authorities with a click-through to their websites. Each Local Authority has lists of its own schools and details of application procedures.
Contact details & Websites of 4,065 Schools in Ireland - search by map or county list
Lists more than 31,000 UK state and independent schools and colleges, including over 26,000 UK School, College and University Websites. Search for schools or search for educational establishments anywhere in the UK by geographical county, postcode, name or LEA.

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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Taunton for moderate to severe learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Physical impairment, complex health needs, communication difficulties, dyspraxia and other special needs.

Special Needs Schools around you

Selworthy Special School

Selworthy Rd, Taunton TA2 8HD, UK – 01823 284970

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Sky College

Pickeridge Cl, Taunton TA2 7HW, UK – 01823 275569


Somerset Special Education Support

Byron Rd, Taunton TA1 2JD, UK – 01823 334475

Website with facility to search for many different kinds of special needs schools and links to lots of support groups.  Find a special needs school near Taunton or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for TA1 - Language Tuition

Adult Education Centres for Taunton which may run evening or daytime language classes

Adult Education

Richard Huish College

South Rd, Taunton TA1 3DZ, UK – 01823 320800

Good solid teaching for ecdl. Tutors were Tom and Christine. Sadly free funding for people on low incomes has ceased.

Brilliant college, great atmosphere, excellent teaching, they're definitely deserving of their 'Outstanding' status.

University Centre Somerset

Wellington Rd, Taunton TA1 5AX, UK – 01823 366366

Well yes, it. It was like going out fishing in a trawler, with a very large net. We got one, or rather at least the crew "on hand, allowed me a one time experience". That has happened before, I caught a fish the first time I went fishing with a toy shop, fishing rod. I learnt later that it takes time, ground bait etc to catch fish. What luck! Is art like using a fishing rod, really, it? I doubt it, but I did travel from the shores of death that day, just out from the eye clinic, at Musgrove Park Hospital, to the land of the light!

Very, very mach friendly and competent People

Ceroc Somerset

Taunton TA1 3PE, UK – 07555 987391

Come and enjoy dancing with us! the dance moves are easy to follow in a relaxed atmosphere... cec

A great way to spend a Monday evening.

Language Schools

Bishop Henderson C of E Primary School

Henderson Cl, Taunton TA1 4TU, UK – 01823 274770

Good if you want a job

Awesome primary school, I've done well from them

Taunton School International

206-216 Greenway Rd, Taunton TA2 6LJ, UK – 01823 703200

Taunton Preparatory School

Staplegrove Rd, Taunton TA2 6AE, UK – 01823 703307

J'y suis depuis une semaine pour un summercamp. C'est un bel endroit mais ce n'est pas du tout ce à quoi je m'attendais mais on peut dire que j'aime ça. N'y allez pas si vous n'aimez pas la solitude. 😘

Language Schools for Taunton

Language schools for TA1. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Taunton

Private Tuition for TA1
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

First Class Learning Maths & English Taunton

Richard Huish College, South Rd, Taunton TA1 3DZ, UK – 07801 169016

Brilliant, thank you - my son really benefited and achieved excellent SAT results! Very pleased.


45 Beadon Rd, Taunton TA1 2DL, UK – 01823 971727

Kumon Maths & English

The Mount, St. Georges Roman Catholic Centre, Taunton TA1 3NR, UK – 01278 451873