Celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of the founding of Queen’s College were launched with two events.

Queen’s – a member of the Methodist Schools’ Independent Trust (MIST) – began life at Castle House in the ground of Taunton Castle in 1843 and a VIP reception took place in the original building which has been restored on Friday, September 28.

Guests included Rev Dr John Barrett, Deputy Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Fran Smith, and the Head Teacher, Dr Lorraine Earps.

After hearing songs performed by four students, the gathering was addressed by school historian, Geoff Bisson, who looked back over its long history.

Dr Earps gave an update about present life at Queen's College, which now has 500 day pupils and 200 boarders in attendance.

“We are dedicated to developing the full potential of the individual,” she said. “At Queen’s, we challenge our pupils to think for themselves.”

Chairman of Governors, Mr Mark Edwards, then gave details of the events planned to mark the 175th anniversary including a special community play.

Earlier in the day, students and staff attended the Founders’ Day Service at Temple Methodist Church.