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