Which are the 4 best boarding schools in Somerset?

By 4th May 2022Which Boarding School
Which are the 4 best boarding schools in Somerset

Somerset is a rural country in south west England. It boasts many outstanding natural features including the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hill, Quantock Hills, Cheddar Gorge and Exmore National Park. Much comes to mind when you think of Somerset. The best boarding schools in Somerset have stunning views and open countryside, the 64 km of coastline and of course the Glastonbury Festival.

In addition, Somerset is famed for its number of excellent boarding schools, which provide students with exceptional education in the wonderfully safe and rural setting that the county offers. These schools are well-served by the UK’s numerous airports including those at Birmingham, Bristol and London Heathrow.

Best boarding schools in Somerset

Downside School

Downside School is one of the leading boarding schools in Somerset. Downside School is ethos and traditions are strongly influenced by their strong Catholic (Benedictine) faith and their vision – as a leading Catholic School – is to be a bright light in the world of education, illuminating the lives of young people and inspiring service in the world through the experience of Benedictine culture.

In addition to the usual programmes of GCSEs and A-levels, Downside offers a 1-year GCSE programme of studies.

Downside boarding school in Somerset

Bruton School for Girls

Established in 1900 as one of the best boarding schools in Somerset and set amid this beautiful English countryside, the school welcomes girls aged 3 to 18, all the way through Pre-school, Prep, Senior School and Sixth Form, whilst boys are able to stay in the Prep School until they are 7. The school offers excellent programmes at GCSE and A-level. The Arts and Humanities subjects are strong, but more than half of the A level cohort of girls study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Sidcot School

Founded in 1699, Sidcot School is a thriving co-educational British boarding and day school situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Somerset, close to Bristol and Bath and only a two-hour train ride from London. As well as full boarding, options for both weekly and flexi-boarding are available. Recognising the changing needs of families, their approach to boarding is flexible.

In addition to their flexible boarding, Sidcot School provides an extensive academic programme designed to offer students a range of possible study pathways including:  one and two year GCSE programmes, two year A Level course, two year IB course, and one term courses.

Sidcot school in SomersetKing’s College Taunton

Founded in 1880 and now one of the best boarding schools in Somerset, King’s College Taunton is an independent, co-educational secondary boarding and day school located in Taunton. It is a proud member of the Woodard Corporation community – a charity founded on the vision of Canon Nathaniel Woodard, which provides high quality education in an actively Christian school environment.

Typically, 50% of pupils achieve A*/A at GCSE, with 60% of A level candidates achieving A*/B. King’s College Taunton has a strong boarding ethos – the houses are centrally placed (two are in the main school building) and the boarders come from far and wide.