Somerset College is a co-educational day school from Pre-Prep to Year 12, located in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast, Queensland, and is situated on approximately 22 hectares of land.
The site upon which Somerset College is built was originally used for dairy farming, was uniquely rural and owned by the original pioneering families to the area. Since 1983 the surrounding countryside has undergone considerable urban development.
The College opened with a simple ceremony on 27 January 1983 with 158 students in classes from Years 1 to 8. Somerset's first Headmaster was Mr Rod Wells. By the commencement of Term Four, total school enrolments had grown to 248, 189 of which were in the Junior School. The growth of numbers through this first year proved that there was a need for another independent school on the Gold Coast and, indeed, secured the College's future.
2012 marked the 30th Anniversary of the commencement of Somerset College
Major contributing factors to the success of Somerset College have been a very well-qualified, talented and deeply committed staff, and the presence of very strong support from parents and the community. The most up-to-date equipment and the fine facilities enhance an educational environment in which academic, cultural and sporting opportunities are maximised.
Massive building developments have taken place almost continually as the College increased in size to its present enrolment of approximately 1400 students. The first Year 12 students graduated in 1987.
Dr Barry Arnison OAM retired at the end of 2008 after 26 years at Somerset College. Dr Arnison was a foundation member of staff and was Deputy Headmaster before being appointed as Headmaster late in 1986. Upon Dr Arnison's retirement, Mr Craig Bassingthwaighte was appointed Headmaster in 2009.
The history and traditions of the College are recorded and maintained by the Head of Archives. The history of Somerset College has been recorded in 'The Bird and the Tree: the First 25 Years of Somerset College'. Copies of this book are available from the Admissions Office.