Taunton School named as one of UK’s best schools for cricket by world’s leading cricketing magazine

Taunton Senior School features in the top 100 and Taunton Prep in the top 50 of The
Cricketer’s Schools Guide 2024. Taunton is one of only a handful of schools to have both
senior and prep schools mentioned.

This year’s roll call of schools – which features both state and private schools – follows a
lengthy selection process by the magazine.

All entries are judged against a wide range of criteria including evidence of a compelling
commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
“This is a wonderful achievement,” said Pete Sanderson, Director of Cricket at Taunton School
and former Somerset County Cricket coach.

“It is a reflection of the commitment to the sport by Taunton School – and the boys and girls
who train so hard throughout the year. We are absolutely delighted that their hard work, along
with that of our coaches and sports department staff, has earned Taunton School, yet again, a
top place in this highly-respected guide.”

The news comes as four students have been selected to join the elite pathway training schemes.
Three players have joined the Somerset Academy; Ben Church, Oscar Coleman and Kian Roberts,
run by Somerset County Cricket Club. Alice Robbins has also been selected for the Western
Storm Academy.

Last year Taunton School’s Under 15 boys’ team made it to the final of the Somerset County
Cup. The Under 15 girls reached the final of the Lady Taverners indoor regional competition,
while the Under 19 boys’ team came second in the Regional T20 group. In addition to these the
Under 13, Under 12 and Under 11 boys teams all reached county finals, with the latter moving
onto regional finals whilst the Under 13 girls teams won the county cup.

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Matt Cook, Taunton School Deputy Head, said: “This is testament to the depth and quality of the
programme available for boys and girls throughout our Prep and Senior schools.
“We congratulate all our students who continue to commit above and beyond to the sport,
ensuring we remain a centre of excellence for cricket.”

Taunton School has a long cricketing tradition with strong ties with Somerset County Cricket
Club. All pupils at the prep and senior schools are introduced to the game when they join the
school and have many opportunities to progress in the sport, working with the school’s coaching
team which includes former England player Marcus Trescothick.
The Schools Guide 2024 will be available with the December issue of The Cricketer – and also

The magazine’s editor, Huw Turbervill, said: “Our 2024 Schools Guide celebrates the best cricket
programmes in state and independent schools across the country. The rise of women’s cricket in
schools really has been a joy to behold.”


For more information contact Joanna Murphy on 01823 703290 or email

Notes to Editors

Taunton School is one of the South West’s leading co-educational independent day and
boarding schools for children aged 0-18 years.
Founded in 1847, the school’s 56-acre site is home to five separate schools: a nursery, a prepreparatory school, a prep school, senior school and an international school.
More than 60 different sporting clubs field more than 270 teams across the school – a breadth of
offer which accommodates everybody’s interests.

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