KingsTauntonDoha Science - King’s History
King’s Doha continues our sister school’s established culture of Independent prep-school excellence here in Qatar, which can be linked back to 1522 and King Henry VII. 

The school’s founder was Nathaniel Woodard. Woodard was an educational innovator who created a series of schools where modern academic teaching was focussed on the needs of the whole child. His ‘One Idea’ inspired the support of Prime Ministers and industry leaders alike. Today, King’s Taunton is still part of Woodard Schools Group.

Woodard acquired the buildings at Taunton from another educational pioneer William Tuckwell. It was originally named Bishop Fox Grammar School, because it was endowed in 1522 by Richard Fox, who was one of King Henry VII’s closest advisors. Tuckwell had transformed the school into a new forward-looking school, which he named Taunton College School, it featured some of the best science facilities in the country and a reputation for academic excellence. However the transformation had proved too costly for Tuckwell and he was forced to sell the school in 1879. 

Nathaniel Woodard bought the school in 1879 to house King’s College Taunton. Woodard adopted his emblem of the of ‘pelican in her piety’ to keep the association to Bishop Fox as this not only symbolised the school’s connection with its prestigious history but the symbol of the pelican, a bird who will do anything for its young, also complemented Woodard’s own belief in educating the ‘whole child’.

On the picture you will see the Pelican on the crest above Fox at King Henry VII death bed – Bishop Fox stands 1st at Henry’s left side. 

Woodard was one of the first educationalists to advocate that schools should provide an holistic education, one which values each child’s identity, meaning and purpose in life, as much as their knowledge. This philosophy is an integral part of a King’s College education and something we are very proud of.

King’s schools throughout the world continue to provide adherence to excellent within a nurturing and positive environment in which young people achieve great things. 

For more information about the history of King’s College please visit the history section of our UK site in Taunton

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King’s College Doha opened its doors to children and staff in 2016, providing academic excellence within beautiful state-of-the-art facilities, for children from 3 to 13 years.

King’s College Doha brings exceptional British prep-school standards to Qatar and is fast becoming the premier choice for international families looking for a first-class independent British education for their child. King’s provides the reassurance that families need to be confident their child will be able to transition seamlessly to any prestigious school in the world, should they wish. Three students from King’s have already secured places at some of the most prestigious UK Independent prep-schools, this is a testament to the hard work and ability of these wonderful pupils and also an acknowledgement of the strong academic course set in place by this school to enable such academic success..

King’s College Doha is sponsored by Sheikh Mansoor bin Jassim bin Thani Al Thani, a member of the Qatar Royal Family. As well as his own portfolio of businesses, the Sheikh works for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Doha as the Counsellor for European Embassies, having previously been posted to Japan, Russia, Spain and the USA. King’s College, Doha is a partnership with EduReach, a specialist in exporting premium British education. The EduReach team is highly experienced in founding British schools overseas and play a key role in the running of the school.


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