Taunton job vacancies: Jobs in Taunton – 2021

Job Opportunities | City of Taunton MA


The Confidential Administrative Assistant position will be responsible for administrative, supervisory and clerical work in assisting the Mayor and Chief of Staff in discharging the duties of the Office of Mayor; all other related work as assigned or required.  This position shall not be a member of any union or labor group.  Works under the general direction of the Mayor and the Chief of Staff.  Receives oral and written instructions.  Performs varied duties requiring the exercise of judgment and initiative within departmental policies and procedures.

Essential Functions:
(The functions or duties listed below are intended as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. )

•    Prepares and types correspondence pertaining to City business and other correspondence generated by the Mayor and Chief of Staff; uses official references for guidance as to City procedures; ensure clarification of information with appropriate departments and makes necessary changes; use computer for word processing and data processing. 
•    Answers incoming calls and telephone inquiries; responds appropriately to matters not requiring the personal attention of the Mayor and Chief of Staff; researches through various records and consults with other City departments and employees to attain information needed by the Mayor and Chief of Staff.
•    Purchases office supplies and create vouchers for invoice payments with approval from the Mayor and Chief of Staff when necessary.  Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn and follow City purchasing practices required.
•    Maintain records and files as necessary for the efficient operation of the Office of the Mayor; administers the day-to-day operation of the Office of the Mayor.
•    May be required to attend meetings or events that may require light travel when necessary.
•    Performs similar or related work as required or as situations dictates.

Education and Experience:
Associates Degree and/or three (3) years’ experience in an office setting; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  A complete job description is available in the Human Resources Department.

Salary:  This position is a non-union position.  The salary is $21.00 to $23.00 per hour, 32 hours per week.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and application, in confidence, by October 15, 2021 at noon to:

    [email protected]                                             or                                                Human Resources
                                                                                                                                          City of Taunton
                                                                                                                                          15 Summer Street
                                                                                                                                          Taunton, MA  02780

The City of Taunton is an M/F/EEO Employer



This position is covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Taunton and the City of Taunton Management Association (COTMA) and works under the supervision of the Water Division Supervisor.

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed:  
•    Supervises the daily operation, repair and maintenance of the City’s Water Treatment Plant equipment and machinery to provide safe and potable drinking water in accordance with Federal and State regulations as well as department operating practices.
•    Works with, monitors and maintains the plant’s SCADA system including the network that connects the facilities monitored by the treatment plant operations.
•    Performs skilled and semi-skilled duties required for the proper operation of a public water treatment facility; operates controls and electric motors, pumps and valves to regulate and control water flow rates and levels, responds to related night emergencies.
•    Supervises the collection and testing of samples for water quality and making adjustments as necessary; enters data into the department’s computer system; refills chemical harpers, loads and unloads chemicals to machines as necessary.
•    Keeps detailed and accurate written and computer records of testing and facility maintenance activities, including all reports as required by the MA DEP and Federal EPA regulations.
•    Attends training sessions as required to maintain abreast of updates or changes in occupational safety requirements as well as treatment procedures and practices.
•    Supervises the maintenance of the treatment plant facility and the facility’s immediate grounds and walkways.
•    Supervises satellite pumping stations and storage facilities as part of the water distribution system.
•    The Chief Operator is the primary operator and/or secondary operator responsible for DEP.
•    Can initiate discipline with and under the supervision of the Water Superintendent.
•    Involved in the hiring process of an 1144 employee.
•    Responsible for assisting with the monthly DEP reports and making sure the lab samplings are in compliance.

Position requires an Associate’s Degree or journeyman’s level of trade knowledge; five to seven (5-7) years prior work experience in a water treatment facility with one to three (1-3) years in a supervisory capacity or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Position requires a MA Public Drinking Water Treatment License; Grade 4 Full Water Treatment (or a Grade 3 T3 – Full with a Grade T4- Full obtained within one year of employment) and Grade D2 Distribution License with the ability to obtain a Grade D4 within two (2) years of employment.

SALARY:     Step 1 $1,524.29 to Step 10 $1,700.25 weekly, 40 hours per week 

A complete job description should be requested from the HR Department.  A CORI will be required.

Submit resume, cover letter and application in confidence by October 18, 2021 to:    
                  [email protected]            or                Human Resources Department
                                                                                        City of Taunton        
                                                                                        15 Summer Street    
                                                                                        Taunton, MA  02780    

The City of Taunton is M/F/EEO Employer


Department of Public Works – Water Treatment Plant

The Laboratory Technician is required to perform a wide variety of routine bacteriological, chemical, and microscopic tests in a laboratory setting (City’s Water Treatment Plant, Lakeville, MA). This position is also included under the Public Employees Council of the Laborers International Union of North America AFL-CIO, Public Employees Union Local #1144A.

Essential Functions include but are not limited to:
•    Responsible for analyzer maintenance program, including but not limited to, inventory of consumables for the analyzers.
•    Collect weekly distribution samples.
•    Perform the necessary testing to distribution samples in a timely manner.
•    Assist in the training of qualified personnel as needed.
•    After training, analyze bacteria samples.
•    Perform daily calibrations of instruments, weekly QC checks of sterilization equipment and accurately logs results.
•    Keep laboratory clean and organized; help prepare laboratory for state inspections.
•    Collects water samples to be used in various testing procedures; acceptance/non-acceptance of samples submitted.
•    Maintains laboratory records to comply with drinking water regulations.
•    Schedule and analyze source water sampling with WTP Chief.
•    Collect and maintain pond level records.
•    Laboratory Technician may be asked to perform duties to support the Operator in daily plant operational requirements.

Minimum Requirements:  High school diploma or equivalent, college degree preferred, three to five years related work experience in a water treatment testing laboratory or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Strong time management and organizational skills required.  Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.  A MA Drinking Water license Grade T2 is required.  The City reserves the right to test any and all candidates.  Must submit to a CORI background review.   A full job description is available from the Human Resources Department.

Salary Range:  Grade Level IV, Step 1 $25. 60 per hour

Submit applications, resume & cover letter in confidence by October 19, 2021 to:
                                                                                                      Human Resources Department    
[email protected]                           or                                 15 Summer Street
                                                                                                      Taunton, MA  02780
The City of Taunton is M/F/EEO Employer.




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Bristol County Massachusetts (MA) Jobs / Bristol Employment Opportunities Directory

Saint Anne’s Hospital – Fall River, MA

Saint Anne’s Hospital had job openings. Open positions found on this review date included Collegiate Nurse Tech 1, Customer Service Representative, Diabetes Educator, ESA II, General Maintenance Person, Nursing Assistant, Patient Access Clerk, Phlebotomist Job, Registered Nurse RN, Secretary, and Registered Nurse ICU Job.
Saint Anne’s Hospital Job Openings

Charlton Memorial Hospital (Southcoast Health) – Fall River, MA

Charlton Memorial Hospital had both internal and external job openings. Positions available included Registered Nurse, Mammography Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Radiology Technologist, Respiratory Therapist, MR Technologist, Administrative Secretary, Nursing Assistant, RN Flex Team, Registered Nurse Pulmonary, Housekeeper I, Laboratory Assistant, Security Officer, Nursing Assistant, Transport Aide, Medical Technologist MT/MLT, Ultrasound Technologist, and Registered Nurse Medical/Surgical.
Charlton Memorial Hospital Jobs

New Bedford Rehab Hospital (Vibra Health)

New Bedford Rehab Hospital is a part of Vibra Health. Open positions found included Case Manager, Clinical Liaison, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Coder, Nurse Assistant, Nurse Practitioner Per Diem, Registered Nurse, and Respiratory Therapist Per Diem.
New Bedford Rehab Hospital Job Opportunities

Saint Luke’s Hospital (Southcoast Health) – New Bedford, MA

Saint Luke’s Hospital had job openings. Available positions included HVAC Mechanic, CT Technologist, Pharmacy Technician, Medical Tech Job, MT – MLT, Certified Central Service Technician, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacist, Patient Access Intake Specialist, Radiology Technologist, Registered Nurse ICU/CCU/SICU, Transcriptionist, Recruitment Specialist, Therapeutic Assistant, Food Service Specialist, Housekeeper Jobs, and Medical Technologist.
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Hawthorn Medical – North Dartmouth, MA

Hawthorn Medical had open positions. Employment opportunities included Nurse Practitioners (several positions open), Physicians, and Physician Assistant.
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Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust

Putting students first is a fundamental part of our culture. We strongly believe that positive outcomes for our students come from the professionalism, commitment and passion for excellence displayed by our staff.


Volunteer Counsellor x 4

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Minibus Driver

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All of our schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

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Welcome to the Kickstart Scheme for Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust (BTCT). We are so pleased to be involved in this scheme to help develop your future career prospects. As a Multi-Academy Trust, our vision is to ensure our students have the opportunities to develop academically and personally; we are very excited to provide you with this opportunity to develop your career opportunities.

Kickstart Scheme is a new National Government initiative designed for 18 to 24 Year Olds who are not in employment, education or training. The aim of the scheme is that through real work experience & job placements offered by organisations, you will develop the valuable skills and knowledge to better help you find work after completing the scheme. ?

As an organisation taking part in the Kickstart Scheme, we can offer:

  • 6 Month paid placements at National Minimum Wage (25 hours per week)
  • Support in obtaining level 1 or 2 (or both) qualifications in English and Maths if you do not already hold these.
  • Individual CEIAG (Careers, Employment, Information, Advice and Guidance) sessions to enable you to identify and plan your next steps at the end of your placement.
  • Sessions with an employment coach. This includes mock interviews, support with completing application forms, support with writing and developing a CV, and psychometric profiling.
  • Upskilling of ICT skills. You will be provided the opportunity to gain the ECDL qualification in IT.
  • Access to on-going training. You will be expected to take part in our continuous programme of professional development.  This is a combination of online tuition – for example with aspects of work such as Child Protection, and more practical ‘on the job’ training, such as Manual Handling.
  • Access to a professional mentor who will act as a key point of contact.

Why take part in the Kickstart Scheme with Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust?

We are a friendly group of 7 likeminded schools based in Bridgwater, West & South Somerset.

We have a wide range of Kickstart roles available in our schools. Perhaps you would like some classroom-based experience as a Learning Support Assistant, or maybe your interest lies within administration, finance, IT or caretaking? Whatever your interest, we would love to hear from you. Please see the other links below for further details

Role Details

Please click below for further details about the each of the roles we have available

              Learning Support Assistants


              IT Technicians


              Finance Administrators   

Please click here for a form. Once completed please email it back to us at:       [email protected] 

If you have any queries or questions, please contact us at 

[email protected] 

Thank you for your interest in Bridgwater & Taunton College Trust, we look forward to hearing from you



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Other current vacancies are listed on our academy websites. Please use the link below to access further details

Bridgwater College Academy

Brymore Academy

Hamp Academy

Maiden Beech Academy

Otterhampton Primary School

Stanchester Academy

West Somerset College


Careers at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College – Southampton, United Kingdom, SO15 5RL

Richard Taunton’s is a vibrant Sixth Form College
in the West of Southampton. Our core business is to provide full time education
to 16-19 year olds (currently around 1000) but we also offer part-time adult
education courses and provide facilities for a wide range of other
community-based activities (including the Open University) in the evenings and
at weekends. The College is firmly rooted in its community and it is our vision
to be the sixth form of choice for all our community, an outstanding, high
achieving college which inspires and challenges young people to be the best
that they can be.   

We are working in close partnership with primary
and secondary schools and colleges, with our local universities and with the
local authority in Southampton, to raise standards and increase post-16
participation and progression. We work with our partners to make Southampton’s
schools and colleges irresistible to the families who live in Southampton and
in the surrounding area. We also champion positive progression beyond college
to Higher Education or into robust employment-related training schemes.

The College takes partnership and collaboration
very seriously. We are members of the national Association of Colleges and the
Sixth Form Colleges’ Association.  More locally, we are part of the Wessex
Group of Sixth Form Colleges, and work closely with the 9 other colleges in
Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth to provide the best development
opportunities for staff and to enhance the experience and success of our
students.   We are also active members of the Solent Colleges’
Innovation Partnership which links the six Sixth Form Colleges which sit in
urban communities across the coastal area of the Solent.

Making a Difference

Richard Taunton’s staff and governors are united by a desire to make a
difference to young people’s life chances. There is a strong focus on providing
high quality teaching, learning and assessment complemented by outstanding
individual support. We set out to meet the needs of a wide range of students so
we have a full range of academic and vocational courses at Levels 1 to 3.   

Tutorial, Support for Students and ‘Prep’

Almost all teaching staff act as a personal tutor to groups of about 20
students who they also teach. As a personal tutor, the teacher’s prime role is
to be a learning mentor, monitoring progress, intervening proactively to
support improvement, helping individuals to develop positive study habits and
achieve the right balance between paid employment and college work.  
Tutors are required to meet with their tutees not only as a group, but on a 1:1
basis as well.  Tutors are tasked with tracking individual progress,
identifying problems at an early stage and acting upon this information as
appropriate.  This may mean offering advice on a higher education
application or career path, liaising with other subject staff or organising
additional subject support. We have developed an innovative approach whereby
the focus of tutorial work is developed in a weekly 45 minute session called
‘Prep’.   In this session, as well as carrying out 1 to 1 conversations
about progress, the tutor works with the group to develop a culture of
independent study and mutual support.   Parents are encouraged to be
involved in the progress of their children and regular consultation events are

Student Voice & Extra Curricular Activities

The College also takes learner involvement and learner voice very
seriously and actively seeks to engage students in the consultation and
decision-making processes in the College. There is a Student Union with an
elected committee, whose main officers have regular meetings with College
managers and also serve as Student Governors. Students organised their own
social activities and are actively involved in promoting the College. There is
also a high level of commitment from staff to providing extra-curricular
opportunities for our students.

great place to work and a great place to learn

If you are an individual with a passion for education, a commitment to
lifelong learning and a desire to make a difference to young people of all
abilities and backgrounds, you will thrive here.    We are highly
committed to the development of our staff, providing annual opportunities to
access management training programmes run by the Wessex Group and an extensive
range of curriculum specific networks and exam board
training.   We also play a very active part in the local school
and college network in Southampton which links our staff with colleagues in our
local institutions and provides opportunity to get involved in outreach work
with schools to support successful transition to college.  

Job Vacancies | Total Triumph Taunton

Experienced Motorcycle Technician

Total Triumph are a multi award winning dealer including Triumph Dealer of the Year 2013 and 2017, MCN Solus Dealer of the Year 2016 (South West), Triumph Service Dealer of the Year 2018, Triumph Clothing Dealer of the Year 2009, 2014, 2015 & 2018, Triumph Accessory Dealer of the Year 2009 and overall Triumph National Award Winner for the UK at Gobal Awards Gala.

In 2018 we opened up a brand new, purpose built and fully equipped workshop. We’re now looking to recruit an Experienced Motorcycle Technician to join our successful family run Triumph franchise motorcycle business and state of the art workshop facility.

We are looking for someone who will bring their passion and enthusiasm for motorcycles and delivering the very best level of customer service to their work. This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to join a very successful well established business, working with a successful premium motorcycle brand where working hard and enjoying time out together are key to our philosophy.

You will be fully competent in the servicing and repairing of motorcycles to the highest of standards. You will also possess the discipline to ensure the highest standards every time together with the ability to put the customer central to your approach to your work and be comfortable with servicing and repairing motorcycles according to manufacturer standards.

From time to time you may also be required to talk to customers and as such you must be able to communicate clearly and provide technical explanations in a way that can be easily understood.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have previous technical experience and experience of working in a workshop environment.


The ability to work unsupervised in a safe and timely manner to high and exacting standards is essential. You will be a self-starter with a flexible can-do attitude, with good attention to detail and be able to work as part of a friendly team is a must.

Previous experience as a Motorcycle Technician is essential.

You must have a current and appropriate motorcycle licence.


Previous technical experience of Triumph whilst not essential would certainly be an advantage.


A very competitive salary will be awarded to the successful candidate which will fully reflect both qualifications and experience.

Test Operative – COVID19 Rapid Test Site

Job Introduction

To increase testing for COVID-19, the Government has significantly increased the number of centres where key workers can be tested. As the programme ramps up further, additional testing support is needed at centres across the UK.

We are seeking to recruit individuals to work as part of a team of Test Operatives undertaking COVID 19 Swab testing at Taunton Racecourse.

We recommend that you work at 3 or more shifts per week so you can get the most out of your experience. You will need to be available to work between the hours of 8am – 8pm, shift patterns will be discussed with you.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and barring list check.

Sodexo reserves the right to alter the site location and close this advert early if we are in receipt of a high number of applications.

Role Responsibility

The role of the Test Operative is to safely and correctly administer a throat and nasal swab test to key frontline workers who visit the test site, and supporting the overall testing process.

Test swabs will be administered up the nose or down the back of the throat; therefore, applicants need to be comfortable administering tests in this manner.

Before you apply for this vacancy, it is important you take time to watch the below video to understand what the role of a Test Operative entails.


The Ideal Candidate

We seek applicants with the following:

  • Experience working with members of the public/patients
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a supportive nature
  • Ability to physically stand for several hours with good mobility (for reaching into vehicles)
  • Willingness to work outside
  • Commitment to the work and adhere to the strict guidelines and procedures required
  • Native or bilingual proficiency level English
  • Experience working in a medical, clinical or health environment is desirable.
  • You must be over 18 and in general good health with no symptoms of COVID-19, nor must anyone in your household.

You must not be classified, or live with anyone classified, as belonging to any of the COVID-19 high risk groups (more detail can be found on the government website):

  • Must not have a long-term condition
  • Must not be pregnant
  • Must not have immune deficiencies through medical conditions or therapy
  • Must not be aged over 70

Training and full personal protective equipment will be provided.

Please note you will not be permitted to have your mobile phone on your person whilst working on site.

Package Description

  • Hourly rate of £13. 50
  • ​This position is offered on a casual basis. 

About the Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity  disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation.  

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.


90,000 Taunton School (Taunton School) Private school in England – disciplines and tuition fees

Taunton School is located 3 hours west of London (1 hour 45 minutes by train). Founded in 1847, today it is one of the finest in the UK.

Democratic, focused on strong learners who are ready to acquire solid knowledge, this school provides not only reliable knowledge, but also the unshakable self-confidence that distinguishes worthy applicants.Leadership development activities play an important role in the life of students. Taunton School annually hosts a team building festival and supports the practice of participating in interschool competitions for the cadet corps and Ten Tors.

The school offers an intensive course for mastering the requirements of the American SAT exam.

Taunton School offers a unique course to help students enroll in US universities – ARBORBRIDGE Intensive SAT Workshop. For four days at the beginning of the first semester, students completely analyze all types of SAT tasks, the pace of their implementation, differences from other exams, and, of course, delve into such subtleties as the idioms of American English in the wording of questions.

In addition to admission to the university, studying at Taunton School helps to undergo professional training on privileged terms at the following institutions: Glion and Les Roches Schools of Hospitality, The Edge Hotel School, NABA Milan, The College of Estate Management, Norland College for Nannies.

Over the past 5 years, 40 Taunton School alumni have enrolled in Oxbridge. They also go to Exeter, Aberdeen, Reading, Warwick, Buckingham, Kingston College, King’s, Plymouth, Bristol, Surrey, University College London, The Royal Veterinary College, Oxford Brookes, Northumberland, Portsmouth, Imperial College London, Bristol University of the West of England, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Swansea, Bath, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, Essex, Sheffield, Somerset College of Art and Technology, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Cradiff, Royal Holloway University of London, Hull, Brunel, Brighton, Duhram, Bedfort, Birmingham City, Liverpool, Southampton Solent, Manchester Metropolitan, University of East London, Swansea Metropolitan, Hult International Business School, Salford, Northumbria, Leicester.

Among foreign universities, where graduates go: University of San Diego? University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, Northeaster University Boston, Politecnico di Milano, Northern Business School Hamburg, Universität Hamburg, Utrecht University School of Economics.

Notable alumni include television personality Alexandra Felstead, Getty Images founder Mark Getty, actor Ian McNeiss, poet Peter Redgrove, journalist and businessman Alexander Waugh.

Academic Level:

  • The average IB score is 32.The school is ranked 38th in the ranking of the best schools in Britain teaching IB (best-schools.co.uk, 2015).
  • At the 2015 A-level exam, graduates received 56% of the A * -B grades.
  • At GCSE, students showed an outstanding result of 49% of A * -A grades.

Main disciplines:

  • mathematics, economics
  • physics, chemistry, biology
  • Geography, History, Philosophy, Art, Performing Arts
  • visual arts (painting, composition, digital technology), design and technology
  • foreign languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Latin, Ancient Greek


  • basketball, netball
  • XC Riding
  • football, golf, hockey
  • rugby, swimming, tennis

Science and Creative Clubs:

  • art workshop
  • linguistic society
  • Scientific Society
  • Historical Society
  • chess
  • Young Entrepreneurs Club

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90,000 Taunton School Intenational – training at the Taunton International Center. Taunton School Intenational Study Center

Address: Taunton School Staplegrove Road Taunton,
Somerset TA2 6AD

Director: Adrian Hallworth

Year of foundation: 1996

School status: joint

Affiliation with organizations: BSA – Boarding Schools Association, Quality English, English
UK – National Association of Accredited English Language Centers in
UK, BAISIS – British Association of Independent Schools with Foreign
students, AEGIS – Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students.

Taunton School International

located on the outskirts of the city of Taunton in Somerset. It’s on the scenic
southwest of England in close proximity to the beautiful countryside,
coastline and constantly developing shops and entertainment facilities

The school covers an area of ​​56 acres (about 22. 7 hectares). It contains
Preparatory School, High School and Taunton International Center.Taunton International High School has its own campus just 3 miles from
central campus.

the school campus has comfortable dormitories for students, a medical
center, chapel, vast territories and exceptional specialized
sports grounds.

Taunton is in a great location and is easily accessible. Train Station
the city is located a few minutes from the school, the international airport
Bristol just 45 minutes away, London Heathrow International Airport 1
hour 45 minutes drive and London Gatwick airport 3 hours 30 minutes drive.

Taunton School International

Taunton was founded in 1847. Originally housed in a building that
has now become one of the boys’ boarding houses, the school has moved to its current
place in 1870. Gothic building, built by Joseph James,
completed by an imposing tower.

B 1907
William Henry Wills, 1st Baron of Winterstock, sponsored the construction
chapel, which to this day plays a key role in the life of the school
community. In 1973, Taunton School became one of the first independent schools with
coeducation, in which both boys and girls studied.

B 1996
year Taunton was one of the first schools to open an international training center,
which became known as Taunton School International (TSI) in 2010. TSI
now offers a one-year and two-year GCSE and Pre-IB program, as well as a one-year
or a two-year Business Foundation program. In 2007, Taunton besides
A-Level programs, began to teach the International Baccalaureate IB, and recently
also added BTEC courses in business, sports and exercise.In 2012
Taunton School opened its International High School (TSIMS) in a nearby village
Kingston St Mary’s, which has become an ideal starting point for foreign
students to mainstream British independent schools.

School, as an IB International School, prides itself on the school community
surprisingly diverse, it has students of all nationalities. This is one of
reasons why international students quickly start to feel like
at home.

teaching offer and family spirit distinguish Taunton International Center from
many other UK boarding schools. The school is very open, friendly,
progressive and successful, where all students are provided with excellent
education and support so that they can reach their full potential.

foreign students are offered a number of educational programs that allow
take a much more flexible and personalized approach to teaching and

Studying at Taunton School International

School enrollment: Children must pass school assessment tests to enter school.
The number and type of tests depends on the year of admission, while for seniors
students need more tests. You also need to go through an online interview with
a school employee.

Study programs: because Taunton School offers a wide range of academic courses (in
depending on the age and level of English), each student will be able to find for
yourself a suitable course. Pupils (from 8 to 13 years old) receive their education in an international
secondary school and study a wide range of subjects designed to give them a wide and
a varied education so that they can discover their true passions and
to form solid academic knowledge – the basis for the transition to senior

Students aged 13 to 16 years seriously
focused on preparing and passing GCSE exams (general certificate of secondary
education). These are the exams that everyone must pass in order to continue.
training at the Sixth Form level.

In the 9th year of study at the age of 13-14, students undergo
Pre-GCSE program with the possibility of choosing some subjects, and for 10-11 years
at the age of 14-16, students undergo a two-year GCSE program, where they
can specialize a little more, up to 10 subjects.

For those students who join the UK
education system at the age of 15, the school offers an accelerated one-year
GCSE program at Taunton School International, where students usually take from 5 to
8 GCSE exams in just one year.

Upon successful completion of the GCSE, students can proceed to
to the last 2 years of compulsory education, which is often called Sixth Form
(12th and 13th grade).

TSI offers 4 different paths, each of which
leads to university admission in the UK or abroad.

Curriculum for junior students (8-14 years old)

Curriculum for junior students of international
Taunton School Center is carefully designed to ensure the best possible start
training in a British boarding school for children from 8 to 14 years old.Depending on the
the age of the student and the level of English there are two academic areas:

1. Young
foreign students with very limited or low proficiency in English (CEFR
≤ B1, IELTS <5.0) first study at International High School (TSIMS), where they undergo intensive English language training and also study a wide range of other academic disciplines, including mathematics, science sciences, geography, history, music, ICT, arts and games / physical education.

Without the necessary knowledge of English, training in
leading British independent school can be extremely challenging for
any student. This is why TSIMS employs specialist teachers who
conduct a varied curriculum in small classrooms (average 8
students in the class) with the development of subject vocabulary as a basis.

Throughout the time in TSIMS young foreign
students integrate with kindergarten students, so when they
go to preparatory school (usually within one academic year), they
it is much easier to get settled as they already have many friends and they know each other
with their surroundings.

2. Young
international students with a higher level of English (CEFR> B1, IELTS ≥
5.0) live in preparatory school, where they study with British
students and study a wide curriculum in preparation for their transition
to high school at the age of 13.


  • English
  • math
  • natural
  • geography
  • History
  • music
  • ICT
  • art
  • modern
    foreign languages ​​
  • Religious Studies
    and games / physical education

All young international students receive support in
learning from a special mentor, with whom they meet several times in
week to check progress, set goals, and get recommendations for
how to maximize your academic potential.

Learning does not end in the classroom, and every young
a foreign student can take advantage of a huge number of extracurricular
clubs and activities available during the week, as well as travel and
excursions on weekends.

Many of the international students who reside permanently
in the school residence, as such, have full access to excellent amenities
school campus evenings and weekends. No matter addicted
whether they are sports, performing arts, creativity or other interests,
everyone will find something for themselves that will allow our young students from different countries
learn something new and broaden your horizons.

Pre-GCSE Program (13-14 Years)

Students in the UK start their initial
preparation for GCSE (general certificate of secondary education) at the age of 13, and
2 options are available for international students at TSI:

1. Students with
lower level of English (CEFR ≤ B1, IELTS <5.0) finish 9 year of study at an international high school where they join the program Pre-GCSE, which includes intensive English language training, as well as study a wide range of other academic subjects:

  • mathematics
  • natural
  • Geography
  • history
  • music
  • ICT
  • art
    and games / physical education

Throughout the entire time at TSIMS 9 year students
learning is integrated with high school students during games, clubs, events and
weekend trips, so when they go to high school (usually after
one academic year), it is much easier for them to get a job, since they already have
many friends and familiar with their surroundings.

2. Students with
higher level of English (CEFR ≥ B1, IELTS ≥ 5.0)
directly to high school, where they will study with British
students (an average of 14 students per class) and study a wide curriculum
program in preparation for the start of their 10 year GCSE course. Training
9th year program covers basic subjects:

  • art
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • history
  • physics
  • Religious Studies
  • informatics
    and ICT
  • math
  • PSHEE and

You also need to study one modern foreign
language – German, French or Spanish.9 year olds also choose
one subject from each of the two additional study units that

  • EAL
    (English as an additional language)
  • additional
    math / English
  • 90,025 second
    foreign language

  • technology
  • AMD
  • Latin
  • classic
  • music

Two-Year GCSE / Pre-IB Program (14 –

In the UK, when students reach 14 years of age
age (as of September 1), they usually start biennial
an academic program in which they study up to 10 subjects at the GCSE (general
certificate of secondary education).

Taunton School has 2 educational areas,
for which 14-16-year-old international students can take this program.

1. Students from
intermediate level of English (CEFR B1 – B2, IELTS 4.5 – 6.0) complete
two-year GCSE / Pre-IB program at Taunton School International (TSI).

In the first year, students take up to 5 GCSE exams, and on
the second year they can take another 5 or 6 GCSEs. The class sizes in TSI are small, in
average, 8 students per class, and the school has an excellent reputation for attracting
students of different nationalities.The school employs highly qualified
teachers with qualifications and teaching experience as their own
subjects and EAL (English as an additional language).

The main subjects are:

  • English
    as a first language or English as a second language
  • math
  • 90,025 native
    language (where it exists as a GCSE subject)

GCSE options:

  • Biology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • history
  • Geography
  • psychology
  • study
  • economy
  • travel
    and tourism
  • informatics
  • informational
    and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • technology
    design (DT)
  • art
  • Media Research
  • music *
  • French
    language *
  • German
    language *
  • Spanish
    language *
  • Latin *

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are studied outside
standard schedule and require a significant amount of additional private

2. Students with
high level of English (CEFR ≥ B2, IELTS ≥ 6.0) complete a two-year
High School (TS) GCSE / Pre-IB program where they can study up to 10
GCSE subjects over a two-year period.

Key items for GSCE include:

  • English
  • English
  • math
  • Biology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • modern
    foreign languages ​​

Students are also encouraged to choose at least one
a subject from the humanities, such as geography or history, and at least one
a piece of fine art, such as art, drama, music, or
design technology.

Other additional GCSE subjects include:

  • Study
  • classic
  • French
  • German
  • computer
    technology and ICT
  • economy
  • Latin
  • physical education
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish

Upon successful completion of any of the programs,
described above, students can proceed to study on the Sixth Form, where they can choose
will be A Levels, IB, BTEC or Foundation Program.

GCSE / Pre-IB program (15-16 years old)

the center has been implementing a one-year GCSE / Pre-IB program for over 25 years and is
ideal for those UK or international students (aged 15
or 16) looking for a fast track to Sixth Form. This course
allows students to obtain the required GCSE grades to apply for the A
Level, IB, BTEC or Foundation program in just one year, allowing
save time and money.TSI has
space for 70 GCSE / Pre-IB students and thanks to specialist teachers,
individual support from tutors, regular assessment and feedback
students are given the best opportunity to fully develop their

To access the one-year GCSE program /
Pre-IB, students must have an English level from B1 to C2 (IELTS 5.0 or

Students live on the Taunton School campus
International, which means that all students have many opportunities
integrate with high school students, for example, in sports, music, art,
drama, clubs, dorm competitions and weekend trips.

Students study English (as first or second
language) and mathematics, as well as up to three more subjects during the school day. There is
also additional subjects available after school.

Since this course covers two years of work in total
in one year, students are expected to work at full capacity and,
indeed, devote themselves to significant private teaching. Teachers and
tutors are always ready to offer support when needed and in
students are monitored closely throughout the year to ensure they are
achieve their goals.

The main subjects are English as a first
language or English as a second language, mathematics and mother tongue (where it is
exists as GCSE).

GCSE options:

  • Biology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • history
  • Geography
  • psychology
  • study
  • economies
  • travel
    and tourism
  • informatics
  • informational
    and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • technology
    design (DT)
  • art
  • Media Research
  • music *
  • French
    language *
  • German
    language *
  • Spanish
    language *
  • Latin *

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are studied outside
standard schedule and require a significant amount of additional private

Successful completion of the one-year GCSE /
Pre-IB allows students to get a place in the Sixth Form or in high school
(for studying A-Levels, IB or BTEC), or at TSI (for studying in a two-year
Business Foundation program).

Pre-Foundation Year (16 – 17 years old)

The Pre-Foundation Year is a one-year course,
giving international students the necessary skills and qualifications to access
the International Foundation Year program in the second year of study.

The focus is on the world of business, so this
the course is ideal for those students who are thinking about studying any
a business-related subject at university, such as business studies,
economics, business management, accounting, financial management.

Studying in a traditional and well-established
themselves as a boarding school, students can fully concentrate on their studies,
working with like-minded people from all over the world, in small groups, and they
you are encouraged to do your best at every step.

Students live on the Taunton School Campus
School International (part of the entire school campus), which means everyone has
students have many opportunities to integrate with Sixth Form students
high school, such as in sports, music, arts, drama, clubs, competitions
and competitions among school dormitories and on weekend trips.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students
    must be 16 or 17 years old (at the start of the course)
    4.0 (or higher) or CEFR B1
  • Desirable
    so that 3-4 GCSEs have already been passed for grades 4 or higher (not including L1)
  • Live
    interest in studying business at an advanced level
  • Decent
    proficiency in mathematics (equivalent to a GCSE grade of 5 or higher)

Course details:

  • Three terms
    (1 year) approximately 30 weeks from September to June
  • 1
    business study subject A Level (10 hours per week)
  • 2
    subject GCSE / IGCSE (9 hours per week) [students must pass the exam in
    math and / or English GCSE if they have not yet passed 5 or
  • 1
    subject (1 hour per week)
  • 5 educational
    periods (5 hours per week)
  • Private
    training (7. 5 hours per week)
  • Max
    class size 12 students
  • Frequent
    and structured classes with a personal tutor
  • Lessons from
    Monday morning to Saturday afternoon
  • 650
    hours of directed training
  • 350
    hours (minimum) of additional self-study
  • Sports
    on Tuesdays and Thursdays (students can choose a sport / activity)
  • Uniform is optional – expected to
    students will wear their own suits / business attire

NCUK International Foundation Program
Year (17-18 years old)

The NCUK International Foundation Year program prepares
foreign students to study business disciplines at the undergraduate and
offers an alternative path to university beyond more traditional programs
A Level or IB.

Designed by universities exclusively for
international students, NCUK International Foundation Year combines
academic modules, study skills and English language training to
provide a pathway to a variety of courses at leading UK universities and
all over the world.

Students at Taunton School International graduating
the International Foundation Year program in just 10 months, which provides
them a fast track to various business-related university courses.

Students not only receive an excellent education in
areas of study of business, economics and mathematics, they also study critically
think and use English for academic purposes and develop
necessary skills for self-study.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students
    must be 17 or 18 years old (at the start of the course)
  • IELTS ≥
    5.5 or CEFR ≥ B2
  • 1 A-Level
    (E grade or higher) or 2 AS-Level (E grade or higher) or 5 GCSE grades at Level 4 or higher (5 math grade) or successful
    completion of 12 years of schooling.If external qualifications are
    math has not been received, students will be required to take an exam
    internal math
  • Live
    interest in studying business and it is desirable to study this subject (or
    similar) up to about GCSE

Course details:

  • Duration
    course three terms (about 30 weeks), starting in September and ending
  • 1
    business study module (5 hours per week)
  • 1
    module in mathematics (for business) (5 hours per week)
  • 1
    Economics module (5 hours per week)
  • 1
    module “English for Academic Purposes” (10 hours per week)
  • 650
    hours of directed training
  • 450
    hours (minimum) of additional self-study
  • Frequent
    and structured classes with a personal tutor
  • Max
    class size 12 students
  • Lessons from
    Monday morning to Saturday afternoon
  • Personal
    career counseling
  • Escort
    and support for admission to the university
  • Sports
    on Tuesdays and / or Thursdays (students can choose their sport /
  • School
    uniforms are optional – students are expected to wear their own
    suits / business clothes

A-Levels Programs (Ages 16-18)

A-Levels Programs Continue
a popular choice among graduate students as they allow
students to study more deeply the subjects that they really like.

For students,
who are well versed in two or three subjects, A-Levels allow them to focus on those specific areas
training in preparation for higher education. In addition, they provide
more free time for independent research within the extended
project (EPQ), which is also useful for increasing the number of applicants to

live in high school, where a combination of academic study and participation in
extracurricular activities allows them to expand their personal development,
while acquiring life and leadership skills, which are increasingly appreciated in


  • Students must be 16 or 17 years old (at the time
    start of course)
  • IELTS ≥ 5.5 or CEFR ≥ B2
  • For most subjects, students will need
    GCSE grades of 5 or higher, and for some subjects such as mathematics,
    8 GCSE
  • points required

  • If GCSE has not been taken, prospective students must
    will take entrance tests in the subjects they want
    study at A-Level

Course details:

  • Duration of study six terms (2 years
    – approximately 60 weeks) from September
  • Students will study 3 subjects
  • EPQ – Extended Essay Project Allowing Deep
    study a subject of special interest
  • 90,025 450 hours of directed training per year

  • 450 hours (minimum) additional independent
    tuition per year
  • Frequent and structured lessons with personal
  • Lessons from Monday morning to Saturday afternoon
  • Personal career counseling
  • Accompanying and support upon admission to
  • Sports on Tuesdays and / or Thursdays (students
    can choose their sport / activity)
  • No school uniform – students must wear
    own suits
  • Access to Horizons 12 and 13 years
    training for PSHE, clubs, societies and events

Items on

  • biology
  • Business Study *
  • chemistry
  • classical civilization
  • informatics *
  • design technology *
  • economy *
  • English Literature
  • visual arts
  • French
  • additional math
  • Geography
  • German
  • history
  • ICT *
  • Latin
  • math
  • music
  • philosophy
  • religion and ethics *
  • photograph
  • physical education
  • physics
  • psychology *
  • Spanish
  • Theater Studies

For study on
A-Level items marked with an asterisk (*) do not need to complete the previous one

IB International Baccalaureate Program (16 – 18 years old)

The school has been offering the IB Diploma program since 2007. Per
this time, more than 300 students received the diploma, and its popularity continues
grow not only among students, but also among universities and employers.

The IB course, although challenging, attracts versatile,
strong students in all subjects, allowing them to study a wide range of
range of items on the Sixth Form. It will also appeal to those who are well versed in
three or four main subjects, but realizes the value of continuing to study
mathematics and foreign language.

The IB Diploma course consists of nine elements: six
academic subjects and three main components – the theory of knowledge, the project
advanced qualifications (EPQ) and a self-development course entitled “Creativity,
activity and service ”.

A student with an IB diploma chooses three subjects over
high level and three items of the standard level. The items are divided into six
groups. This includes a course in literature, second language, humanities,
science and mathematics (at a level appropriate to the student).

Students live in high school where the combination
academic study and participation in extracurricular activities allows students
expand your personal development, while acquiring life and leadership
skills that are increasingly appreciated by universities.

Requirements for admission:

  • Future
    students must be 16 or 17 years old (at the start of the course)
  • IELTS ≥
    5.5 or CEFR ≥ B2
  • Students
    five GCSE grades are required of 5 points or higher
  • If
    GCSE have not been passed, prospective students will have to pass the entrance
    tests in the subjects they want to study on the IB
  • program

  • Students
    will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will have to pass
    an interview, in person or via Skype, to determine if an IB
    the right choice

Course details:

  • Duration
    course six terms (2 years) about 60 weeks, starting in September
  • Students
    study 6 subjects
  • EPQ –
    The Extended Essay Project is a personal project that allows you to explore deeply
    item of special interest
  • ToK –
    Theory of Knowledge encourages a questioning approach to knowledge
    and the development of critical thinking
  • CAS –
    Creativity, Activity and Service encourages students to participate and
    reflect on the wide range of extracurricular activities that help
    personal development outside the academic environment
  • 450
    hours of directed training per year 90,028

  • 450
    hours (minimum) of additional independent study per year
  • Frequent
    and structured classes with a personal tutor
  • Lessons from
    Monday morning to Saturday afternoon
  • Personal
    career counseling
  • Escort
    and support for admission to the university
  • Sports
    on Tuesdays and / or Thursdays (students can choose their sport /
  • School
    no uniform – students must wear their own suits
  • Access
    to Horizons 12 and 13 years of study for PSHE, clubs, societies and
    events 90,028

Items to choose from:

  • English
  • English
  • English
    as a second language (EAL)
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Geography
  • history
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • technology
  • physics
  • math
  • music
  • fine
  • economy
  • business
    and management

BTEC Qualifications (16-18 years)

BTEC is a well-established and highly successful alternative
general qualifications suitable for a wide range of students. As
work-related qualifications, BTECs provide a more practical, real-world
approach to teaching along with theoretical training, giving students knowledge,
the understanding and skills they need to study at university or to

Requirements for admission:

For admission, you must provide 5 marks for
GCSE from 5 points and above.

BTEC Business Course

Taunton School offers BTEC Business as a
options.The course consists of various modules, after studying which,
assessment at regular intervals throughout the course.

The BTEC Business course aims to:

  • students
    got hands-on experience in performing a task in the real world
  • Opportunity
    take responsibility for your own training
  • good basic knowledge
  • 90,025 opportunities
    to develop interpersonal and practical thinking skills in tasks,
    aimed at encouraging effective teamwork

  • knowledge
    how to deal with the summary within the time frame strengthens
    their ability to time management

BTEC Qualification in Sports and Physical Science
exercise (BTEC Sport and Exercise Science)

Advanced BTEC Diploma in Sports and Physical
exercises, equivalent to three A-Level grades, allows students to learn
sport across the board and focus on their preferred path,
while opening up a huge range of opportunities in the sports industry. Three excellent
BTEC grades are equivalent to three nines on the A-Level and are worth the same UCAS score.

The school also offers the opportunity to take the A-Level along with the diploma or advanced programs

Students study several different sections of the course, in

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • psychology
    in sports
  • sports
    injury 90,028

  • fitness testing
  • fitness
  • sports

Students are continually assessed using
different methods, and they don’t need to succeed in any particular way
sports, they just have an interest that can be developed further.

BTEC qualification offered by Taunton School,
is a Level 3 QCF qualification designed for
providing highly specialized work-related qualifications in
a number of professional sectors. They provide students with knowledge, understanding and skills,
they need to prepare for the many different potential paths.

After leaving school: On average, 95% of the school’s students receive a place in
university in the UK or abroad, and over the past 10 years more than 40
Tauntom School students received places in Oxbridge.

Art at Taunton School International

Music: Outstanding
Taunton School’s Music Department allows senior students to realize their
potential in both curriculum and extracurricular music
activities, while developing important skills such as self-discipline and

Whether they practice vocals or
want to master a musical instrument, spacious educational and practical
rooms, high-tech music studio, numerous concert
playgrounds and one-to-one lessons ensure that students are offered the best
resources for success.

Special one-to-one music lessons available
students of all levels to prepare for a variety of instruments, including
piano, organ, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe,
clarinet, French horn, trumpet, saxophone, euphonium, trombone, tuba, percussion,
acoustic guitar, electric guitar and harp. Singing lessons are also held, and there is
a wide range of musical ensembles and choirs to which students can

Participation in school activities throughout the year such as
as recitals, musicals, concerts and hostel music competitions, and
also performances in national orchestras and ensembles are welcome and
allow students to gain self-confidence, express themselves musically and
improve your performing skills.Previously, students performed in a prestigious
Blenheim Palace, admired the stunning performances and even toured
Europe with a school choir. In addition, students communicate with professional
performers through seminars, master classes, and concerts.

Drama: students on
any stage of school can access dramatic art in
as an extra lesson. The school has an excellent theatrical
equipment, including a fully equipped theater, drama hall and
specialized studios that help students get on stage and
improve your performance and acting skills.

Theater circles work for younger students, and
also offers speech and drama lessons that are aimed at developing
communication and executive skills of the child, as well as to provide
tips and techniques to help build self-confidence and encourage
self-expression. Students can also go through fun and engaging themed
workshops conducted by theater companies.

Each year, the high school drama department offers
students the opportunity to audition and take part in the school
staging.In recent years, these productions have included Much Ado About Nothing,
Antigone, The Importance of Being Earnest, Antigone and the 39 Steps.

For students 13-18 years old at the faculty there are clubs “Drama
for entertainment “and” Actors “. These clubs allow students to study drama in
a more relaxed atmosphere with like-minded people.

Throughout the year, students can participate in a wide and
Taunton School’s varied program of productions and events. To them
includes performing arts evenings, dance and drama evenings, Day
parents, National Schools Shakespeare Festival and Music and Drama Festival
in Taunton, where students can showcase their talents and achievements before
live audience.

Arts and Design: There are many opportunities for students to develop their creative skills and
engage in art and photography outside of class.

These options include:

  • weekly
    art clubs
  • master classes
  • 90,025 contests
    art and photography

  • scientific
  • individual

Designed to challenge students
practically, theoretically and personally, while leaving plenty of room for fun and

Dancing: lessons
dancing is a great way for students to develop their physical
preparation, self-confidence and performance skills while learning
a huge variety of dance styles from all over the world.

Two dance teachers offer a variety of dance
genres, from ballet, contemporary jazz, lyrical modern and street dance, and
these are just a few of them. Students of all abilities have the opportunity to
perfect your dance moves and prepare for your dance exams.

Throughout the year, Taunton School has many
performance opportunities, from school plays and theater weeks
performances prior to performing arts and dance evenings, where
students can demonstrate their dance skills and achievements before
a live audience – with their families and friends.

Sports at Taunton School International

The school prides itself on giving its
students of excellence and requires them to participate in various sports
activities within the school joint curriculum.The school offers
sports program that allows students seeking sports
achievements and high results, participate in district, regional and
national competitions with the help of experienced and highly qualified
trainers and an achievement program that supports and guides them
physically and morally.

However, the main goal is
participation and enjoyment. The school provides all students with access to
a wide range of activities that will develop a passion for sports and understanding
a healthy lifestyle for life.

The school has an excellent sports infrastructure in
campus. There are exceptional indoor and outdoor facilities for
traditional team games and other sports, including three sports
halls, two indoor pools, a well-equipped fitness room, eight playgrounds for
netball, two multipurpose fields with artificial turf, two dance
studios, a sports field, two squash courts and a climbing wall, and
also sports grounds for cricket, rugby and football.

Traditional sports in each trimester:






field hockey

cricket, tennis, athletics


field hockey


cricket, tennis, athletics

In addition to the main sports of each trimester, the school
Taunton offers many other options.

Additional sports:

  • light
  • badminton
  • basketball
  • rock climbing
  • cricket
  • football
    (gaining popularity among high school students)
  • golf
  • gym
  • hockey
  • horse
  • netball
  • rugby
  • shooting
  • squash
  • swimming
  • benchtop
  • tennis
  • volleyball

Taunton International Center Students Achieve
excellent results in local, regional and
national levels.At any given time, several students represent
their country at the national and international level and their number is constantly

Thanks to the wide range of activities offered,
talented staff who lead them and excellent conditions in
where they are held, students are provided with the best environment to play and
a very wide, varied and exciting range of sports

School Life at Taunton School International

School Uniform: School Uniform No.

School shop is open.

TSI strongly believes that
a child’s education should be as broad and varied as possible.
Naturally, academic studies are extremely important, but in addition to this
all students are expected to participate fully in the many offered
extracurricular activities.

Preparing children for life outside of school is to vaccinate
they want to try new things, be adventurous and creative, and
show steadfastness and courage in the face of adversity.Extracurricular school
training gives students the opportunity to participate in a huge variety of clubs,
events and activities that will undoubtedly broaden their horizons.

Whatever their passion, be it sports,
musical, dramatic, creative, intellectual or something else, in
any of the more than 100 clubs and societies at Taunton School is sure to find
something for everyone.

International Clubs and Societies: The purpose of establishing school clubs and societies is to
allowing students to experience a range of activities and develop skills beyond
beyond the basic educational and sports programs.

Students are encouraged to try new species
activities in clubs, often outside their comfort zone, with the aim of expanding
their own horizons. There are over 100 different courses offered throughout the school.
clubs for different age groups, interests and abilities, and many of
clubs were proposed and created by the students themselves.

Clubs and societies are integrated into the school day,
providing balance and satisfaction throughout the week and reflecting importance,
which the school provides to ensure that students have a stimulating experience in
throughout the entire period of study at school.

Whether astronomy, ballet, discussion, scientific or
mathematical society, young entrepreneurship, cooking, model
United Nations, yoga, funk band, computer
programming, chess or environmental club, it is absolutely certain that each
will find something for himself.

There are many opportunities for older students
participate in volunteer clubs and build connections with the local community,
for example, support younger children with reading, language learning and environmental
activities.Volunteer clubs help students develop new skills,
such as independence, confidence and professionalism, and also give
the added benefit of superior evidence of their enrichment for
their resumes and UCAS applications.

For the vast majority of clubs and societies, the fee is not
will be charged, although some may include a small fee for
additional costs covering external training or access to specialized
objects (for example, a golf training center).

Medical Assistance: School Health Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during
trimester, in order to treat and care for the sick, if necessary, or
traumatized students. From Monday to Saturday from 8 to 19 hours on duty
nurse. The rest of the time there is a hostess on duty, trained to provide
first aid. There is always a nurse on duty to whom the hostess can
seek advice and support if needed.

Four times a week, two doctors from
the French medical center Weir, which perform planned operations.

Appointment with a doctor is carried out through the school
health center. Doctors are also available to nursing staff for advice and
support during the working day. If necessary, you can also visit
doctor on duty at the French Weir Medical Center.

The school employs 8 qualified nurses.
Some of them work full-time, some not full-time, and there are
medical assistant.

Nurses have an extensive and varied medical
experience and their responsibilities include:

  • unhealthy and traumatized students
  • support
    children with chronic diseases 90,028

  • screening
  • tips
    travelers 90,028

  • programs
    immunization / vaccination
  • individual
    work with students on various health issues, including alcohol,
    drugs, smoking, food, exercise, diet and help with any
    problems that students may have
  • support
    and promotion of good mental health among students
  • courses
    first aid
  • escort
    students to see doctors
  • teaching
  • 90,025 consultations
    and support from parents and staff

Food: supply
excellent nutrition throughout the day is very important for children to be
healthy, purposeful and full of energy in their busy life at school
Taunton.Children will learn about the importance of healthy, varied and balanced
food even in kindergarten, where they are encouraged to choose healthy meals during
food, and the school continues to promote the benefits throughout the educational
paths of students.

Highly qualified and experienced school team
catering company prepares dishes for all tastes and dietary preferences, offering
a delicious selection of healthy and nutritious meals and snacks for breakfast, lunch and tea. From
hot and continental breakfasts to start the day before hot meals you like
meat eaters and vegetarians for lunch and during tea drinking.Plus, soups
in winter, an extensive salad bar, desserts, homemade treats and plenty of fresh
seasonal fruits are available daily.

Taunton is one of the few schools in the region that does not
outsourcing food – all meat, vegetables and dairy products from local
production. All meals are served in school canteens. No chance
get hungry.

Accommodation in
Taunton School International

Younger students live in
separate hostel The Grange.Offering all the comforts of a family environment,
guests call The Grange their home away from home.

Boarding plays a key role in
educational journey of students, helping them to find lifelong friends,
build confidence and develop independence. Various activities,
sports programs, trips, excursions and cultural events help
students to integrate and broaden their horizons.

For students to have a good job,
feel safe and happy, dedicated to their cause
the hostel staff provides a high level of pastoral care around the clock
care.They understand that many are alone for the first time, far from
at home, and therefore the team of caregivers do their best to create
friendly family atmosphere. Employees are also enthusiastic about
supporting students in their academic needs by ensuring that they have
every opportunity to achieve excellence.

The school takes great pride in caring for
which is provided to students living in school residences.

Key features:

  • Friendly, safe and spacious campus with
    lots of greenery, open spaces and clean rustic
  • Separate dormitories for boys and girls
  • Access to the residence with a key card for
    additional security and peace of mind
  • Spacious, attractive and well
    furnished bedrooms with a maximum of four beds
  • Onsite health care with
    24/7 access to the Taunton School Medical Center with the team
    doctors, nurses, sports physiotherapists and consultants
  • Each guest has their own work
    a place and an electronic safe in which you can store valuables
  • Excellent phone access and Wi-Fi on
    the whole territory of boarding houses and the campus as a whole
  • Collecting laundry three times a week
  • Providing all dietary needs and
    requirements, including homemade food in the public department
    power supply
  • Large Dormitory Team of Devotees
    their business, experienced and qualified employees, including a manager
    pastoral care, senior educator, assistant educator and assistants
    resident alumni 90,028

  • No days off, which are mandatory
    leave school, which means that during the semester, students can
    stay in guesthouses at any time, eliminating the inconvenience associated with
  • Access to excellent facilities on site
    campus, including the Carrington Library, School of Music, Theater, two
    swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness room, gyms and much, much
  • Variety of options available every weekend
    exciting trips and activities, whether visiting nearby
    cities such as Bath, Exeter and Bristol, or try your hand at
    paintball, water zorbing or mountain biking – each
    will find something for himself


international students are required to have a guardian in the UK.Guardians are needed for
so that in the UK someone can act on behalf of the student, and with whom
could be contacted on educational issues and in case of
emergency situations. The guardian must be a UK resident, freely
English speaking and in most cases, be over 25 years old.

The most
the best option is to use the services of a professional guardian
agencies. For our part, we recommend using the services of the English
company INTENSE EDUCATIONAL, which works on this
market since 1994.

90,000 Didn’t have time to get bored The dictator who was ousted 25 years ago returned to Haiti: World: Lenta.ru

In January last year, an earthquake struck Haiti, as a result of which up to a quarter of a million Haitians died, and the capital of the country, Port-au-Prince, almost disappeared from the face of the earth. A year later, the island state, which had never recovered from the blow of the elements and was devastated by the recent cholera epidemic, once again attracted the attention of the world community. This stems from former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, who returned home after 25 years in exile, shortly after the failed presidential election.

Jean-Claude Duvalier, accompanied by his girlfriend Veronica Roy, flew to Port-au-Prince by Air France. According to officials in France, where the ex-President of Haiti has lived for the last quarter of a century, the plane with Duvalier flew from Paris with a planned stopover in Guadeloupe. At the same time, as it turned out later, Jean-Claude Duvalier traveled on an expired diplomatic passport, but no one paid attention to this.

At the airport, the former president was greeted by about 200 supporters, including ministers from his previous cabinet, as well as armed soldiers of the UN peacekeeping contingent.Upon arrival, Duvalier, as befits a figure of his level, gave a couple of interviews, after which he went to the capital’s fashionable hotel – almost the only one that survived the earthquake in Port-au-Prince.

A little later, on the air of a local radio station, Duvalier hastened to assure citizens that, contrary to rumors, he did not plan to return to politics. “I am here to help rebuild the country,” the former head of state said. He especially stressed that he was not interested in political activity. How he intends to rebuild Haiti, Duvalier, 59, did not elaborate.

According to Veronica Roy, she and her companion flew to Haiti for only a couple of days.

Duvalier’s return to his homeland sparked an outcry among human rights organizations, as well as relatives and children of Haitians who fled the country in search of escape from his regime. Major Western non-governmental organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called on the Haitian authorities to immediately arrest Duvalier and try him for crimes against humanity. For its part, the Haitian community in Miami – a favorite destination for expatriates from Haiti – threatened Duvalier with protests.

His father’s son

Jean-Claude Duvalier came to power in Haiti in 1971, immediately after the death of his father François, who ruled the country since 1957. By the way, François Duvalier became famous as one of the most eccentric dictators of our time. Having won the elections, Duvalier Sr. began to consolidate power in his hands, relying on the black population of the country and the cult of voodoo. In mid-1958, the army, which had previously supported Duvalier, rebelled against him, but the attempted military coup was unsuccessful.

Taunton Macoutes. Photo from loc.gov


After that, Duvalier set about forming the guards personally loyal to the president, which by the 1960s outnumbered the regular armed forces. The presidential guards were popularly called tonton-macoutes and differed from other security officials in their characteristic clothing (sunglasses, denim shirts) and weapons (firearms along with machetes). The Taunton Macoutes traded in abductions, ritual killings and massacres of entire settlements, which inspired superstitious fear in the inhabitants of Haiti.

Throughout his “reign” François Duvalier, like other dictators of our time, often fell into a strange mental state, proclaiming himself either the spirit of the island, or the chief voodoo priest, or some other mystical creature.

State propaganda also worked tirelessly: the Haitians were convinced that their president was the chosen one of Christ and almost the viceroy of God on earth. However, all this did not prevent the president from keeping the severed head of one of his political opponents at home.

President at 19

However, this is not about François Duvalier. Having come to power, Duvalier Jr. became one of the youngest presidents in history – at that time he was only 19 years old. The young head of state decided not to reinvent the wheel and followed in his father’s footsteps, albeit with some reservations.

For example, Jean-Claude Duvalier stripped the Tontons Macoutes of their former influence, eased pressure on the media, allowed public criticism and, in general, created the impression of a much more balanced person than his father François.Another important decision was Duvalier Jr.’s refusal to promote the cult of voodoo.

All these “reforms” were to the liking of the administration of the then US President Richard Nixon, who in the first year of Duvalier Jr.’s presidency resumed the humanitarian aid program for Haiti.

Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1987. Photo (c) AFP


Jean-Claude was known as a favorite of women and a fan of expensive pleasures. The President was interested in expensive sports cars and restaurants, while state activities faded into the background for him.The luxurious life of the president, clearly financed from the country’s budget, coexisted with the poverty and devastation that reigned in backward Haiti.

At the same time, Duvalier did not forget to suppress opposition activities and liberal sentiments, and he did it by any available means. In turn, the Tontons Macoutes continued to keep the Haitian population at bay, periodically eliminating citizens who were disagreeable to the regime.

All this could not but cause indignation in the Haitian society. By the mid-1980s, riots began in the country, which the Duvalier Jr. regime tried to suppress using traditional methods – harsh repression, arrests and murders.”We stand firm as a monkey’s tail,” Duvalier said in 1986, refusing to surrender power.

And yet, under pressure from the public, Jean-Claude Duvalier had to resign and in a hurry to leave the country. He settled in France, where he continued to live on a grand scale, until his ex-wife Michelle Bene seized almost all of his fortune from him, and Switzerland froze all accounts. In recent years, according to some reports, Duvalier lived in a modest house in Valaurie with an elderly mother and five dogs, and then moved to Paris, where he settled with his girlfriend Veronica Roy.

Home sweet home

Rumors that Jean-Claude Duvalier might return home have been circulating for a long time. At the same time, international human rights defenders did not give up the hope of bringing Duvalier to trial for crimes against humanity and corruption. Similar intentions were expressed by the Haitian authorities – from the military juntas that ruled Haiti after the overthrow of Duvalier until the 1990s, to the legally elected presidents Jean-Bertrand Aristide (who was also overthrown) and Rene Préval.

In 2007, Duvalier launched an address to the citizens of Haiti urging his supporters to prepare for decisive action. Duvalier did not mention the possibility of his return to his homeland, but he asked forgiveness from Préval and the Haitians for past sins. President Préval rejected his former colleague’s apology, promising to bring him to justice on occasion.

It is absolutely clear that Jean-Claude Duvalier has not accidentally returned to Haiti right now – the moment for his return was well chosen by the former dictator.

At the end of November 2010, presidential elections were held in the country. In the first round, Rene Préval’s replacement (the Haitian constitution prohibits him from running for a third term) failed to choose. In the second round, which the authorities have scheduled for January 16, the former first lady of the country, Mirland Maniga, and Préval’s protégé, Jude Célestin, were to meet.

However, supporters of another candidate – singer Michel Martelli, who did not qualify for the second round with a slight gap – rejected the results of the vote and took to the streets.The result – massive protests, clashes with the police and the postponement of the second round for an indefinite period.

Participants in riots in Port-au-Prince, December 2010. Photo (c) AFP


In such circumstances, it is possible that Jean-Claude Duvalier decided to take advantage of political instability in order to return to power in the country after a quarter of a century. Concerns about this have been expressed by some Western countries, including the United States and Canada. In Washington and Ottawa’s view, in such a tense environment, the return of the former dictator could be a decisive blow to the fragile Haitian democracy.

Haitians have mixed attitudes towards Jean-Claude Duvalier. Many can name a dozen relatives who died as a result of repressions by the power structures controlled by the president. Others claim that living under Duvalier Jr. was not so bad and that it was he who was able to pull the country out of the political and economic crisis.

However, some experts attribute the return of Duvalier to other motives. For example, the arrival of a former dictator could have been organized by Rene Preval, who thus wants to buy time for his protege Celesten.Others see Duvalier’s connection with the oppositionist Martelli, who is allegedly surrounded by many supporters of the ex-dictator.

Meanwhile, it may turn out that Duvalier’s return will play a cruel joke with him. The UN notes that the arrival of the ex-president in Haiti gives the authorities a long-awaited opportunity to finally detain him and put him on trial. And where, if not in Haiti, to judge the former dictator, who, according to human rights activists, is guilty of the deaths of thousands of local residents.

Meanwhile, according to news agencies, former members of his cabinet and prominent in the past fighters of the Tonton Macoutes, officially disbanded by the early 1990s, continue to visit the Duvalier Hotel.On January 17, Duvalier was going to give a press conference on the occasion of his return, but it was postponed to Wednesday. Perhaps we will find out the true intentions of Duvalier Jr. soon.


On the night of January 19 in Moscow, it became known that Jean-Claude Duvalier was taken to the court of Port-au-Prince, where he was charged with corruption and embezzlement of public funds. However, it is too early to celebrate the victory for the fighters for justice: the court has yet to decide whether the prosecutor’s office has enough evidence to start the trial of the former dictator.90,000 Reviews – Ekaterina, Taunton School

Ekaterina is a graduate of the Taunton School, where she spent 4 years: first she studied for two years in the GCSE program, and then continued her studies in the two-year IB (International Baccalaureate) program. In 2009, Katya brilliantly entered the University of Warwick, which, along with the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, is one of the most prestigious in the UK.

Katya, tell us about your first impressions of Taunton School.

The very first impression is a shock: the school seemed to me a real palace, like from a book about Harry Potter – majestic and awe-inspiring. At that time, my knowledge of the language was insufficient. Naturally, I was ashamed of my accent. But it turned out that the accent was not difficult to get rid of. Compared to Russian schools, everything is different and on a different level. Of course, like all schools, there are drawbacks, but on the other hand, it is never perfect anywhere. In Russia, I studied at an ordinary city school.Therefore, at Taunton School I was impressed by the state of the classrooms, teaching, the attitude of teachers towards us, the availability of computers and televisions.

What subjects did you study in the GCSE High School program?

English, mathematics, biology, physics, business, art, Spanish. It was possible to take more subjects, but since I was a foreigner and everything was difficult for me, I was given one less subject and one subject English as a foreign language.This is an additional study of the English language, which actually gave a lot more than I thought. I didn’t like taking extra lessons at first, but the teacher was wonderful and supportive even after I finished the subject.
The GCSE program was difficult because I spent the first year studying the language, not the subjects. And when the mock exams passed, they gave me D and C in subjects. The teachers told me: “Well, nothing, we will work out with you, we will pull up to C.”But this did not suit me, and as a result I passed at the end of the second year of study exams in subjects A and B. Only one subject in C.
In total, there are up to 12 exams at GCSE, 1.5 months are given for them. There are 1-2 days breaks between exams. In English, for example, there are two exams: one – English, the other – English literature. Mathematics is also 2: on one you can use a calculator, on the other you cannot. Spanish – 3 exams: oral, reading, essay. Physics – 2 exams.This is probably good, because you don’t have to learn all the material in one day. For example, this year I passed exams for IB: in 4 days – 12 exams!

Why did you choose IB (International Baccalaureate) and not A-level?

When I was taking GCSE, I was told: “We have a new progressive program – IB. Universities love her, students will have more chances to enroll. ” And I really wanted to do it successfully, so I decided to try it.I attended presentations introducing the course. Six subjects in exams is not that much.
Studying at IB is very interesting. We are told: “Do what you want. Study yourself, and we will help you. If you ask, we will try to answer. ” The main IB motto is “Independent Learner”. It seems to me that this program is suitable for versatile people who have not yet decided which path in life to choose. For example, I like physics, economics, but I also want to learn languages. It would be difficult for me at the A-level.
At IB exams are taken only once, while at A-level exams can be taken several times, that is, retake. At the A-level, you can take the lightest items. I could have taken the same economics, philosophy, psychology, and mathematics and would have gotten four A’s. And at IB, teachers open up such horizons for you, encourage you to strive for such heights that it is much more difficult to get an “A”. I made a choice to get not the highest number of points, but the highest amount of knowledge.

What subjects did you study at IB?

Arts, physics, Chinese, English, economics, mathematics.Knowledge theory is a must-have subject that shocked everyone. This was the most incomprehensible subject that I wrestled with for 2 years. You come to class and they tell you: “Everything you know is not true.” We discussed topics: who you should become, what human qualities you should have, why everything should be questioned. At Taunton School the International Baccalaureate was just introduced, we were the pioneers.

During the course it was necessary to write a large term paper of 4000 words. It was interesting because first you choose a subject, then you choose a topic, then you ask yourself a question and answer it to yourself.The teachers evaluate whether you answered it well. I chose physics because it is my favorite subject. I wrote a term paper on batteries. I took three batteries and compared their physical qualities. For this job I got a “B” and it is much better than I was predicted.
Also in the group we had to prepare a presentation. You choose what to talk about, ask a question, answer a question. Our group made a presentation on the topic “How to find yourself, what it means to be yourself.” We shocked everyone with our thoughts.It was interesting, but difficult.
I really liked Chinese. At first it was difficult, the teacher was from China, she spoke English poorly. And on the exam I got a “six”!
One of my favorite subjects was art. We had a wonderful teacher, amazing personality. This man just turned the art department at our school. We were given a topic: Home and abroad. Do what you want. And we have such a class gathered: an Englishwoman, an Italian, an African, and I – a Russian.I started with a nesting doll, then I studied other cultures.
I liked that art needs to be studied. It is not necessary to be able to draw, sculpt. You just need to study, read about artists, analyze their paintings, find features, compare it with other artists. I liked the process itself. Maybe what I did myself was not so great. But the process itself, the fact that there was some idea in each work – this brought me the greatest pleasure.
The art exam takes the form of an interview.All your works are displayed in the hall, the examiner comes and starts asking why, how, why did you do all this. A grade is given on the basis of the interview. It was my most enchanting performance, the best exam, which I am most proud of.

What sports have you played?

In Russia, I went in for alpine skiing professionally, but the year before studying in England I was injured. I decided to save my knee for a year, to learn English.So I did not play field hockey with my classmates, and in general I am not a fan of hockey. Then she played tennis, squash, went in for athletics, fitness. I tried a little hockey and rugby, looked at the bruises, was horrified and realized that it was better to play football.

What about extracurricular activities?

At IB, you must definitely do 150 hours of extracurricular work in two years: 50 hours of creativity (I went to a circle, studied with the younger ones, drew), 50 hours of vigorous activity (sports) and 50 hours of community work.I liked the community service the most. I decided to help children with physical or mental disabilities. On the very first day, I went to play bowling with them, supported and communicated. There I met Anna. The girl moved in a wheelchair, experienced difficulties with speech and motor skills. Anna asked my mother to come to their house. And I started going to them for 1.5 hours once a week. I helped do homework, clean up the room. Anna, like me, was engaged in art, in which I helped her.We became friends, she began to tell me a lot, and while I was on vacation in Russia, she wrote letters to me. In fact, community service has proven to be such a noble endeavor! You get great pleasure from the joy that you see in the faces of people.

What are the living conditions at Taunton School?

At home, of course, is better. To understand English food, you have to be born in England. As for the conditions in the residence, before that I went to training camps a lot, doing alpine skiing, so I got used to the Spartan conditions.I’m not particularly complaining. You know that perfect is nowhere. What is really important, we had a good class at school, I found many friends, several people from England have already come to my house. If you like people at school, then you will not pay attention to everyday issues. And if you could not make friends, find yourself a company, then you will not like any school.

How did you choose the University of Warwick and how do the English pronounce the name of the university?

Pronounced “Warwick”.It was one of the few universities where the subject “Politics, Economics, Philosophy” is taught. By the way, first I chose the University of Oxford, where this subject was. They said to me: “Why are you going there? There are only future prime ministers! ” But I’m really interested in international relations. I decided: just taking a course in international relations is not enough. I want to learn more about each subject. I want to get a bachelor’s degree, then a master’s degree. And for the second higher education to take some specialization, which is more pleasant.Maybe international relations separately, maybe economics or politics. So, I started looking and found that the University of Warwick offers the same subject. This university is prestigious, always in the top rankings. I also sent documents to the University of Edinburgh, University of Bath, Queen Mary, University of London. All universities accepted me, but then I settled on the University of Warwick and the University of Edinburgh – the first and second choice. After submitting the IB exam results, the University of Edinburgh was the first to send confirmation of acceptance, and it was only on August 20 that I learned that I was also accepted at the University of Warwick.

What is the application process for UK universities?

You are applying to five universities before January, Oxford even earlier. You send your preliminary grades, motivation letter, teacher recommendations. By April, answers from universities come: if you get the number of points that the university requires, then you will be accepted. Further, out of 5 universities, only two can be selected. University of Edinburgh was my second choice because it required fewer points for admission.He accepted me right away, and the University of Warwick was awaiting my exam results, and only recently he agreed.

How did graduation go at your school?

Graduation takes place in the form of a ball. Balls are loved in England, they are held three times a year. Every time you buy a new dress, everything is top notch. A diploma on stage, as in America, is not awarded, there are no speeches either. First a ball, then a few days later documents on IB come, and on A-level – even later.
Graduation in a British school is not as stormy as in a Russian one, with less adventures. When you graduate from school in St. Petersburg, it is clear that you can see your classmates, but here everyone travels all over England. In general, I could have gone to Scotland, and who knows, when we met. So it was a little sad.
This school gave me a lot, and thanks to it I am now entering the university. The teachers at the school are very good. I am so grateful to them for the amount of attention and support that I received when I entered the university.In a few years, I will definitely come to school to see the teachers!

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As a whole country for several decades, terrorized by the terrible death squads

They were nicknamed Tonton Macoutes, and this strange, alien word from the mythology of a distant tropical country has become a household name throughout the planet.The members of these paramilitary groups themselves liked to compare themselves with zombies – not living, but not dead creatures that cannot be killed. The inevitability of terror, impunity, and outrageous cruelty allowed the militants to keep millions of people in fear, but in the end their time has passed. Taunton Macoutes became the product of one of the most odious dictatorships of the last century, a dream of the mind of a caricatured “king” who imagines himself to be a god. History of Haitian Death Squads in Onliner Review.

The most persistent anti-communist

In August 1956, Haiti, the Caribbean state that shared the island of the same name with the Dominican Republic, was preparing for the next elections. On this occasion, and against the background of regular popular protests in the country, an amnesty was announced for dissidents. Among those who took this opportunity to get out of the underground was Dr. François Duvalier.”Doctor” in this case is not some kind of honorary title: Duvalier was indeed a doctor, received a decent education by Haitian standards, underwent an internship in the United States, and in the second half of the 1940s even held the post of Minister of Health of the country for some time. But since 1950 he was forced to hide, but after 6 years he took full advantage of liberalization. This seemingly intelligent person turned out to be an outstanding populist. Skillfully playing on the dislike (and “dislike” in this case is a very mild term) between the black population of Haiti and the mulattoes living there, he was able to win the presidential election in October 1957 and for 14 years, until his death, with a stranglehold on the presidency, straightening out with any applicants for it.

However, his reign was just another bloody page in the history of unfortunate Haiti. In the 18th century, the island was the jewel in the French colonial crown. More than half of all coffee and 40% of sugar consumed in Europe were produced here. Local plantations made fortunes, but at the heart of Haiti’s wealth was the merciless exploitation of African slaves. Up to 40 thousand people were imported to the island annually, and these figures also indicate that the imported people died there just as intensively.However, unlike slaves in the United States, Haitian slaves had a much earlier chance of freedom. The French Revolution, with its Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, ultimately led to a slave uprising in the French part of the island and the declaration of Haiti’s independence on January 1, 1804. It was a truly historic event. Haiti became the first independent state in Latin America (and the second in the Western Hemisphere after the United States), as well as the first state to be ruled by former slaves.

Nevertheless, the desired freedom did not bring the country the expected prosperity. First, the condition for the recognition of its independence on the part of France was the payment of huge reparations for the property lost by the inhabitants of the metropolis. Their total amount reached 150 million francs, and although this figure was eventually reduced significantly, Haiti paid money until 1947. Up to 80% of the state budget was spent on servicing this debt, which was a monstrous burden on the country. The second factor complicating her life was the concentration of the island’s richest resources in the hands of a small minority of mulattoes.The black population lived in complete poverty, only accumulating hatred no longer for the white French, but for their descendants from ties with black concubines, who seized the colonial heritage into their own hands.

François Duvalier took advantage of this, playing on the feelings of the oppressed black majority. He launched an aggressive populist campaign, while becoming very popular among the poor, who later became the mainstay of his regime. The ideology invented by the doctor ultimately turned out to be such a bizarre cocktail of conflicting positions that there was nothing to compare it with.Political scientists had no choice but to come up with a separate term for the regime created in Haiti – Duvallerism.

So, on the one hand, Duvalier declared himself the most staunch anti-communist on the planet, using all the appropriate rhetoric (this ensured him support from the United States), on the other hand, the slogans of revolution and social justice were declared to the target audience (the same black poor) with might and main. (ie, the conditional “dispossession” of the rich mulattoes and the redistribution of incomes of the population).It got to the point that “the most staunch anti-communist” directly compared himself with Lenin. “Black racism” was promoted with might and main, and the cherry on top of this multi-layered cake was Duvalier’s hobby for voodoo mysticism.

It was not only about the use of voodoo, traditional Haitian African beliefs, mixed with Christianity. It seems that Duvalier actually came to believe in his oneness, associating himself with Baron Shabbat, one of the most revered and at the same time terrifying voodoo spirits associated with the cult of the dead.Even in his everyday behavior in public, he tried to cosplay Baron Saturday, dressing in black, deliberately slowing down his movements, talking in an ominous whisper. Voodoo shrines in Haitian villages and towns became the regime’s propaganda centers, and clergymen were invited to presidential receptions. Even for himself, Duvalier personally invented a nickname that is understandable in the popular environment – Papa Doc.

The power of the personal guard created by Pope Doc was based on voodoo superstitions, which essentially replaced both the police and the army, and also acted as “death squads”.Soon after Duvalier came to power in Haiti, the Tontons Macoutes appeared there.

Caribbean Vampires

Duvalier spent six years underground, but, having received an amnesty and becoming president, he began to act not just with the same methods. He tightened them significantly. Political trials over the opposition were launched immediately. The state apparatus has been cleaned out. Presidential contenders sent into exile. The reaction was immediate. In March and July 1958 (after less than a year of Pope Doc’s presidency), there were two military coup attempts in the country.Born in an army environment, they ended in failure, but they forever convinced Duvalier of the unreliability of the old security structures. He decided to create his own formation, participation in which was based primarily on the principles of unconditional personal devotion. The unit was officially called the Volunteer National Security Militia, but its employees were only called Tonton Macoutes.

Taunton is a character from Haitian folk mythology: an evil uncle who kidnaps naughty children by pulling a jute bag (macut) over their heads and then eats them.It is clear that such a nickname did not arise from scratch. The terrorist practices used by the Tontons Macoute were quite in line with the Creole myth.

This structure, subordinate exclusively to Pope Doc, recruited youth from the black poor. For the vast majority of them, this was the only chance to escape from hopeless poverty and constant hunger, and this rapid social lift provided absolute loyalty to the dictator. They were not paid their salaries, the Tontons Macoutes existed on the basis of self-sufficiency, but at the same time they received an indulgence to violence.This was reminiscent of the oprichnina of the times of Ivan the Terrible, only if the Russian tsar gave his “dogs” to “devour” separate cities with volosts, then in Haiti the tontons macoutes “milked” the whole country.

Their detachments, dressed in a kind of uniform (denim shirts, hats, often black glasses), were essentially engaged in legalized racketeering, collecting a “voluntary tax” for public needs from the remains of Haitian business. In fact, the needs were to provide for the Tontons Macoutes themselves, their family members and officials who make up the mainstay of the Duvalier regime.

The task of the structure was the absolute terror of dissidents. Having received a monopoly on violence, young people, who yesterday did not have any prospects in life, suddenly turned out to be the masters of the fate of civilians. The brutal suppression of popular protests, the kidnapping and murder of imaginary and real opponents of the dictatorship with a public display of mutilated corpses were supposed to sow an atmosphere of horror in the country, deprive its inhabitants of the will to resist and even a hint of the idea of ​​some other “leader of the nation.”The Tonton Macoutes also actively used the voodoo superstitions of the masses, presenting themselves as incarnate zombies, creatures that could not be killed. The processions of the Tonton Macoutes were often accompanied by voodoo rituals, and their entire aesthetics reminded Haitians of the cult of death.

However, they used their position in very real actions related to the dead. The leaders of the structure launched a trade in corpses for anatomical laboratories and established the export of donated blood to Europe and the United States.The scandal that erupted on this occasion was called “Black Blood”, and the long-term leader of the Tonton Macoutes, Lukner Cambronne, was nicknamed the “Caribbean Vampire.”

The fall of the “uncles”

By the end of Duvalier’s reign, the number of Tontons Macoutes reached 20 thousand people. This number turned out to be quite enough to terrorize the entire country and achieve the solution of the main task – the complete neutralization of the opposition. Attempts to overthrow the regime were brutally suppressed, their initiators were repressed or (at best) expelled from the country.There were no opposition parties and the media, trade unions, and other public organizations on the island, but there were concentration camps and prisons in the assortment, where torture was widely used. Apparently, there was even a special cell for “interrogation with partiality” in the basement of the presidential palace.

A complete sense of his own impunity allowed Pope Doku to carry out blatant rigging of his own elections. When voters came to the polls in April 1961 to vote for the new parliament (many were forced to vote by the Tontons Macoutes), the ballots besides the names of candidates for deputies bore the overprint “François Duvalier – President”.The next day, it was announced that the parliamentary elections were simultaneously presidential, and Papa Doc was elegantly re-elected President with 100% of the votes in favor (and 0% of the votes against). Three years later, in 1964, Duvalier’s powers were extended for life in a referendum. The consent to this (the answer “Yes”) was originally typed into the ballot, the answer “No” had to be written by hand. Each voter could vote an unlimited number of times.

Fortunately for many Haitians, Papa Doc, although he was a doctor himself, did not look after his health very much and lived much less than he could.In 1971, a heart attack on the background of diabetes brought Duvalier to his grave at the age of 64. He, like many dictators of his type, took care of a successor in advance, or rather even an heir. The new president of Haiti was his son Jean-Claude, who, by analogy with his father, immediately received the official “popular” nickname Baby Doc. A separate remarkable nuance was that Duvalier Jr. was only 19 years old. At the time of his “election” he was the youngest head of state in the world.

Throughout his short life before the presidency, Baby Doc was accustomed not to deny himself anything.He was a hedonist and a sybarite, which could not but affect public policy. The Taunton Macoutes continued to terrorize the people under him, but less brutally. Their leader Luckner Cambronn, who got into a scandal over the export of donated blood, was expelled from the country. The son also forced his own mother, Simone, the widow of Papa Doc, to emigrate. He even ordered the creation of a separate Leopard Corps as an alternative power structure to the Tonton Macoutes.

Baby Doc was able to hold on to power for 15 years, even longer than his father, but, apparently, brutal cruelty and willingness to do anything to stay in the presidency were not in his nature.The era also changed. Odious regimes fell even in Latin America and Africa, which seemed accustomed to everything. At the end of 1985, massive anti-government demonstrations began in Haiti, attempts to disperse them led to the death of civilians, but this did not stop the protests. The Taunton Macoutes, formerly the regime’s hungry watchdogs, had already relaxed, settled down and lost their vigilance by that time. In February 1986, amid numerous demonstrations by his opponents, Duvalier Jr. chose to flee the country.Approximately $ 900 million, which by that time had accumulated by his family due to the “wise” management of their country, helped to relieve Baby Doku the hardships of emigration on the southern coast of France.

After the natural fall of the Duvalier regime, many Tontons Macoutes were simply lynched by grateful compatriots. The rest chose to go underground for a while, waiting for revenge. Some have waited successfully. The extremely unstable political situation in Haiti led to a constant change of conditionally left and ultra-right forces in power, and the locomotive of the latter was precisely a number of organizations founded by former Tonton Macoutes.Nevertheless, many militants, who took it into their heads to terrorize their own people, nevertheless suffered a just punishment. And this is what made it impossible in the future to repeat the atrocities of the times of Duvalier. That is, the lesson was understood even in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

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