Residential Course in Taunton

Sunday July 3rd to Saturday July 30th, 2016
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Availability: Sunday July 3rd - Saturday July 30th, 2016
Level: A1 Elementary to C1 Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 15
Minimum Age: from 12 to 17 years in groups, 13 to 17 for individuals.

Residential Course at Queen's College Taunton

This shared vision of how a school should be run brought together The Devon School of English in Paignton and Queen’s College in Taunton in a venture that began in 2009.

Queen’s College is the ideal location for our new residential study centre - only minutes away from the lively and attractive town of Taunton, in the heart of some of the most beautiful countryside in the West Country and yet less than 3 hours away from London.

The Devon School has over 35 years of experience in organising teenager study holidays on the English Riviera. Queen’s College, a quintessentially English public school, was founded in 1843 and is steeped in history. The story-book setting together with spacious, state-of-the-art classrooms and modern recreational facilities - all help to produce an unforgettable “English” experience. 

“Non scholae sed vitae discimus” – “We learn not for school but for life”. Queen’s College’s Latin motto sums up their approach to educating young people and this is reflected in the environment that the School has created.

What will I learn?

The Academic programme consists of 3 hours of lessons every morning from 9 till 10.30 and then from 11.00 to 12.30. Our teachers are all dynamic, enthusiastic and well-qualified professionals selected for their ability to make the learning experience as effective and enjoyable as possible. This means the best materials and the most stimulating teaching programme. Real-life projects are linked to the afternoon activity programme help to bridge the gap between the English world outside and the classroom.

Students are placed in classes (maximum class size 15 students) according to their results in our entrance test and their performance will be carefully evaluated by their teachers in collaboration with the Director of Studies, not only over the first two days but throughout their stay so as to ensure that each student is working at the correct level.

How long can I stay?

Up to 4 weeks. The minimum stay is 1 week.

When do the courses start?

The arrival dates in 2016 are Sunday July 3rd, Sunday July 10th and Sunday July 17th.

What can I do after lessons?

The activity programme at Queen’s College has something for everyone: sports, arts and crafts, games, music, dance, drama as well as excursions to nearby places of interest. Half-day trips include Cheddar Gorge (countryside), Weston-Super-Mare (seaside), Exmoor (countryside) and Exeter (historical and shopping). Full-day trips visit such destinations as Bath (historical & shopping), Bristol (seaside, historical and shopping), Dunster Castle Minehead Butlin’s (historical and amusement park/seaside). All recreational activities are closely supervised by our Activity Leaders. Students must take part in the full activity programme and are not permitted to go off campus on their own.

The leisure facilities at Queen’s College are outstanding. There is a modern theatre that can be used for discos, films, theatre or karaoke; a large indoor sports hall for basketball, badminton, soccer, tennis, netball or hockey (student common rooms have table tennis, pool tables and TVs) and an indoor swimming pool. There are also astroturf surfaces for tennis or football and extensive grass playing fields for football, athletics, baseball or rounders.

To see a sample activity programme please CLICK HERE.


Where is the school?

Queen’s College is a ten-minute walk to the market town of Taunton in Somerset in the south-west of England. The many shops, both large and small, offer a wide variety of goods and souvenirs. Taunton is ideally located as a starting point to visit the West Country and such destinations as Bath, Bristol, Dartmoor and Exeter.

What rooms can I choose?

Queen’s College has well-appointed single rooms, twin rooms, and dormitories with between 3 and 6 beds. Each student has a single bed. Each student has a wardrobe, desk, and a set of drawers. There is a lockable space in each room. Students are advised to leave expensive items in the main administration office or safe. Towels and bed linen are supplied, and is changed weekly. Rooms are cleaned daily from Monday to Friday.


Each house has a pay phone and students can phone home using phone cards purchased from the school office. Parents can phone or leave messages on the office telephone/fax machine (the number will be confirmed with the students travel documents) and an emergency telephone number is also provided. We advise students to phone their parents once they have arrived at the college to assure them that they have arrived safe and well.

Supervision and security are certainly the major concerns of parents sending their child to England and we, at the Devon School, give these matters top priority. We make sure that parents can feel confident about sending their child to study with us.

Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are taken in the large, light, airy dining hall. There is a different choice of meals every day and there is a vegetarian option. Food is freshly cooked on site. Packed meals are provided for excursions. Menus offer a varied, balanced, healthy and tasty diet, with all produce supplied from local farmers and butchers. There is also a tuck shop, providing students with a variety of snacks and drinks.

How do I get to Taunton?

Heathrow airport (151 miles) is the most convenient of the London airports. Bristol airport is less than one hour away by coach and Exeter airport is even closer. The school organises all transfer arrangements for students attending the residential summer school.

Representatives of the Devon School will be at Heathrow Airport every Sunday during the summer school period to meet flights and accompany students directly to Queen’s College, Taunton. Juniors wishing to use this service should book Sunday flights arriving between 11:30 and 15:00 and departing between 14:00 and 17:30. The transfer must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. Juniors with flights booked outside these times will need a Meet & Greet service for the extra time spent at the airport.

For more information about travelling to Queen's College, Taunton CLICK HERE

What does the price include?

  • 15 hours of English lessons each week.
  • Accommodation in single, twin or shared dormitory rooms.
  • Food: breakfast, lunch and dinner each day and packed lunches for excursions and return transfers.
  • A full programme of supervised trips and activities complete with transport with one full-day excursion per week, and one half-day excursion per week.
  • Welfare and advisory service.
  • Access to a 24-hour emergency number.
  • All the materials for your lesson and activities.
  • A Devon School folder complete with information pack, pen, writing paper and local maps.
  • End of course certificate and report.

How much does it cost?

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