1980 to 1999

A Timeline of Dauntsey's History

1980 - 1999


March: the Awdry Sports Hall opened. Day and Boarding Houses given separate areas. Housemaster's House built on to the Olive building, which becomes Fitzmaurice House. Front of main building accommodates Dauntsey House (senior day girls), Farmer and Hemens (senior day boys).


Five Courts converted into shops. Second-hand clothes and Sports Shop opened.


July: New (indoor) Swimming Pool started.


13th July: Heated Indoor Swimming Pool officially opened. Mr. G.E. King-Reynolds retires. New Head Master - Mr. C.R. Evans. 533 pupils. 450th Anniversary of the introduction of Dauntsey's School in William Dauntsey's will.




September 1986: new Lower School Day Houses Scott and Rendell formed. Craft Design and Technology Centre built and opened.


New Sanatorium built. Creation of Mathematics Block by infill on ground floor. Six Maths Rooms and Staff Room provided. Extension of Biology Labs - addition of Project Room, Staff Area and New Laboratory.


Two-storey extension to Science Building to provide: two Physics laboratories, Project Room/Library and Technician's room. New wing to Jeanne House (further 35 beds).


606 pupils.


New Boarding House for senior boys - Mercers' House - to provide 64 beds for pupils and accommodation for married staff. Occupied September 1991. Opened by Mr. J.J. Fenwick Master of The Mercers'Company.

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Refurbishment of the area vacated by Mercers' House to create 15 new classrooms for History, English, Economics, Classics and Religious Studies; five Art Studios and new accommodation for Hemens and Farmer houses.


All-weather playing surface constructed.


Extension to Fitzmaurice House built. 16 additional beds.


625 pupils.

Extension to Music School and Dining Hall. Celebration of the Centenary of the School's reopening on its present site.


Jeanne House Extension. The splitting of Jeanne House to form Evans House, run by Mr and Mrs R. Dunn, and Evans House, run by Mr and Mrs N. Yates.


Retirement of Mr Christopher Evans, Head Master. New Head Master - Mr Stewart B. Roberts.  Dedication of Henderson Gardens (in memory of Harry Henderson).
Building of new Staff Common Room and unveiling of statue of Euterpe (designed by David Backhouse).

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New netball/tennis courts.


New Art Department opened on old Primary School site. Opened by R.K. Westmacott Esq., Master of the Mercers' Company.

The Dauntsey's Aided Primary School moves to a new purpose-built school in the village.

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