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Tatler Schools Guide 2017

How refreshing to hear that head Mark Lascelles hunts our the ‘spirited kids over and above the academic ones’. And a new ‘head of adventure’ has been appointed to reinforce the school’s have-a-go ethos. Dauntsey’s joined forces with Marlborough in the summer to climb Kilimanjaro – next stop Bhutan. Meanwhile their very own tall ship, the Jolie Brise, won the Tall Ships Races 2015, venturing within 60 nautical miles of the Arctic Circle and battling gale-force winds and 15-foot waves.

Acadmically, results are faring jolly well – 82 percent A* ̶ B last year, with six off to Oxbridge and a decent batch to Imperial and LSE. The main intake is at 11+ (much to the dismay of the local preps), and demand is sky-high thanks to those very reasonable fees, with the admissions office regularly turning disappointed parents away.

Toes are twinkling here like never before: a tow-night-run dance adaptation of Moulin Rouge was a sellout, and the all-boys’ group GNI (Girls Not Invited) blew the audience away at the annual dance show ̶ ‘dance for boys has now become cool,’ days head. The slick new eco-pavilion is a stunning space for sport (as well as lectures and dinners), and the construction of a new teaching block is up next. Around 40 percent board and Friends on Friday gives day chums the option to sleep over.