King’s Hall School (and its partner school, King’s College, Taunton) is a Woodard School and so part of the largest group of Church of England schools in England and Wales. This unique partnership is united by a determination to give priority to the Christian focus developed by Nathaniel Woodard between 1847 and 1891 when he founded ten schools.
King’s Hall School was originally the boys Junior House of King’s College, Taunton. Previously named Pyrland Hall, it was purchased by King’s College, Taunton in 1952. It amalgamated with King’s House (a Pre-Prep and girl’s Prep School established in 1978) in 1987 and was renamed King’s Hall School, when it became a separate school in its own right and also co-educational. In doing so, it became constitutionally independent of King’s College, Taunton whilst remaining closely associated with it.
King’s Hall is therefore a relatively young school, but what is remarkable is what the school has achieved in its nearly 60 years of existence. It has grown from just over sixty pupils, all boys and nearly all boarders, to around 320 boarders, weekly-boarders and day pupils, with boys and girls in almost equal numbers. Educationally it is right up-to-date.