There are two boys' Houses for pupils in Years 9 to 13. Channon, located 600m away from the main campus is run by an experienced and professional husband and wife team, supported by Richard Newsome (History teacher) and James Lineham (resident graduate intern). The staff provide a high level of quality boarding in a caring, supportive, teenage environment and behaviour is excellent. The well-being of every one of the boarders is paramount and the House staff aim to ensure that every pupil is happy, settled, relaxed and confident.
Pastoral care is of an extremely high standard and the affectionate relationship between the boarders and the House staff is evident. There is a lot of interaction between year groups and younger and older boys mix together well. The House Parents pride themselves on being excellent communicators – emailing or telephoning on a regular basis, when there is good news or for quick updates. There is no doubt that this approach is really appreciated by parents and trust between all parties is evident. The resident members of the boarding team are always available for the pupils to talk to, to give advice or to help with homework when required.
Just like home, the contributions and suggestions made by the boarders as to the running of the House are highly valued. Most of the boarders in Channon are full time. However we aim to be as flexible as possible for parents and so also offer weekly, termly and even occasional boarding for day pupils whenever possible. Boys are often invited home to the houses of their day friends and we are very flexible in enabling the boarders to see their friends or family visitors.
Channon is an extremely friendly and relaxed house with its own gardens. Designed to be very much a home from home, the communal area has a large lounge with Sky TV, a DVD player, Wii, pool table, games, Scalextric, upright piano, cooking facilities and comfortable sofas. In addition the Sixth Form have their own lounge, again with Sky TV, a DVD player and comfortable sofas. There is Wi-Fi internet access in all areas of the House and a recently built prep room with individual study desks where prep takes place in the evenings and at weekends for Years 9-11. This is supervised by the House Staff and Prefects. Sixth Formers have study bedrooms with a desk and are encouraged to work independently.
Each House has a range of PCs linked to the Internet and the School's own network and older students bring their own laptops. Telephones are also available in the Houses for the pupils to use although almost all now have their own mobile phones.
There is a kitchen for drinks and snacks in the evenings which the boarders can also use at the weekend for supervised cooking and to make snacks. The boys’ dormitories, bathrooms and toilets as well as the flats of the House Parents, assistant boarding master and the other boarding assistant are all located on the second floor.
Younger boys sleep in shared dormitories of between three and six pupils. Lower Sixth Fomers share study bedrooms of between two to three students and all boarders in the Upper Sixth have a single room.
Channon students experience a healthy balance between study, sport and creative commitments. Any down time is then spent socialising with friends, using the numerous school facilities available or taking advantage of the many boarder activities provided by the House staff.
A full range of activities can also be found in the co-curricular section – please click here for more details.
There are sporting activities such clubs and practices for the curriculum sports (hockey, netball, athletics and tennis) as well as clubs for cross country, athletics, swimming, badminton, basketball and rounders.
The large and spacious Sports Hall is extensively used for gymnastics, dance, basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor hockey and indoor tennis. There is also a squash court adjoining the Sports Hall and an extremely well equipped fitness room where students are provided with individual training programmes, classes and specific fitness techniques.
Within the sports complex is an indoor heated pool which is used at various times both for team and recreational swimming. Team swimming,canoe polo, diving and lifesaving clubs are regular activities throughout the year.
Every Saturday morning there are Performing Arts rehearsals which contribute to a large scale production every term. Anyone interested in Drama, Dance or Music is welcome either on stage or behind the scenes in set design, costumes and make-up. In addition, our popular ‘Crew Club' for those keen on the technical aspects of theatre such as programming lighting boards or creating recorded ‘soundscapes' is extremely well attended. The Dance Academy offers classes in Street Dance, Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, Tap and Contemporary dance appealing to both girls and boys from a variety of age groups.
With such a strong musical tradition at school, individual musicians receive lessons on instruments of their choice and are able to take part in the many musical groups, clubs and activities on offer. Five choirs, three orchestras, wind band, swing band, sax sound school, brass ensemble and a variety of string groups all operate on a weekly basis and our musicians also take part in external music groups and festivals.
After school and at weekends, Queen’s College offers canoeing, diving, mountain biking, climbing, sailing and caving which give all our boarders the chance not only to improve their skills or try something new, but also the opportunity to explore some of the beautiful countryside in the South West. In addition, the Deputy Head Pastoral, who runs her own trekking and riding centre, takes groups of boarders riding on a bi-weekly basis and the School’s equestrian team competes in riding events representing the School. Most pupils in Years 10 and above also participate in The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme which comprises volunteering, expedition, skills and physical recreation. Walking, kayaking, mountain biking and camping expeditions are organised as well as opportunities to undertake community service.
Model United Nations
Run by the Sixth Formers at Queen’s, Model United Nations is an extremely well supported society with members from Year 9 through to Year 13. Simulating actual United Nations situations, students attend conferences at other schools throughout the South West, acting as delegates representing a specific nation or person through committees.
Weekends are a mixture of structure and free time. Saturday mornings are jam packed with organised activities, such as, cookery, art and drama, outdoor pursuits and recreational sports such as swimming or provide an ideal time to catch up with work.
On Saturday afternoons, many pupils are involved in competitive sports fixtures whilst others have free time to walk into town, watch a film or finish coursework. On Saturday evenings we generally have a film night or trips to the cinema and bowling alleys, or organise in-house activities such as quizzes or BBQs.
Instead of the traditional House entertainment at the end of the Autumn term, Channon House boys go out into the local community carol singing and entertaining the local community. This year Channon will once again be supporting Taunton Association for the Homeless as their nominated charity.
A number of boarding outings run on Sundays including:
The boys are encouraged to play a major part in the day to day running of the House and in decisions about its facilities, events and routines.
The house is led by the Head of House and his team of Prefects, two of whom are on duty each day. Jackson Lee is the Channon Head of House for 2016-2017.
Not only are the Prefects here to ensure the routines are followed, they also help the younger pupils when problems and concerns arise.
Andy and Sian Clark became House Parents in 2013 and they describe Channon as a family orientated, inclusive House which sustains an atmosphere of openness and trust. They aim to develop the ability of each student to work as part of a team and to foster a sense of responsibility for themselves, others, and the environment in which they all live.
Andy was educated at Kingsmead Community School in Wiveliscombe and attended Richard Huish College before studying for his BA Hons in Sports Science at the University of Gloucestershire and his PGCE in Primary Teaching with Science specialism at the University of Exeter.
In addition to his role as Channon House Parent, Andy is Head of Science in the Junior School, teaches Boys Games, and represents the Junior School in marketing. Some of his proudest moments at school include coaching the U11 hockey team to the National finals in 2011, the annual Junior School Science Day where the children are so enthusiastic and inquisitive, having a role in the Junior School play ‘We’ll Meet Again’, and watching the progress of the Junior School’s Science Quiz Team to the National finals in the summer of 2013. Andy also enjoys seeing individuals achieving a first in their lives on the sports field - when someone plays their first competitive rugby match, takes their first wicket or scores their first half-century. Andy and Sian have also introduced chickens to Channon House which everyone enjoys looking after.
Andy and Sian live at Channon with their two lovely children, Thomas and Megan, who like nothing more than running into the “boys’ house” and playing with them. Andy enjoys spending time with his family and walking their dog, Scrumpy. Despite the hectic nature of life in the house, the family enjoy catching up with friends when possible. Andy loves playing cricket, football and golf and Sian enjoys keeping fit and competing in triathlons – in between driving Thomas and Megan around to activities such as cricket coaching, golf lessons (Thomas) and Ballet Boogie (Megan).