History of the School

Dauntsey's School was founded in West Lavington, Wiltshire, in 1542, under the will of Alderman William Dauntsey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

"I William Dauntesey Citizen and Alderman of the Cities of London... will that in West Lavington a house called a church house and a house for a schole be kept... and that Ambrose Dauntesey shall name and appoint one apt and convenient person to teach gramer in the Schole house..."

From these humble beginnings over four and a half centuries ago, Dauntsey's has grown into a thriving, modern co-educational school with more than 700 pupils, with continued links with the Mercers' Company.

Please use links below for more about our History from 1895 to Today.

Pre 1885

1885 to 1959

1960 to 1980

1980 to 1999

2000 onwards