Allister Sheffield - Housemaster & geography teacher

Allister joined Dauntsey’s in 2007, teaches Geography and is currently Housemaster of Senior Boys' Boarding House, Mercers. He is responsible for the care and leadership of between 50 and 60 boarders.

Allister has also been Head of Personal and Social Education (PSE); in charge of the Moonrakers programme for Year 9; Assistant Housemaster for Mercers' House and a Tutor in Hemens House and Forbes House.  

Before joining Dauntsey’s, Allister spent some time in banking with HSBC. Prior to this, he was Forward Observation Officer in 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, having attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, being awarded the prestigious Sword of Honour in 2000.

More about Allister…

What do you enjoy most about your subject?

The interaction with the boys in the House. Sharing their success and supporting them when things don't quite go to plan.

What do you enjoy most about life at Dauntsey’s?

The genuine sense of warmth and friendliness from staff and pupils. There is a very special feel to the community with tolerance, acceptance and support which I have not experienced at other schools to the same degree.

How do you spend your holidays/time out of school?

I spend my time with my wife Zoe and our two young children. We are usually trying to tag-team opportunities to run and cycle but I am hoping it won't be too long before we can be having active adventures as a family.

When we are not physically active, we are usually pottering from café to café in Bath, digging in the garden or building dams in streams.

Your favourite place on earth and why?

In a sleeping bag, in a tent, in the Lake District having been fell running with my wife, with the stove bubbling outside and tucking into a bag of marshmallows.

Who do you most admire in public life and why?

I have a man crush on Mike Rosenberg from “Passenger” but admire Steve Prefontaine's "never give up" mentality.

If you could have a “superpower”, what would it be and why?


Which book is top of your pile right now?

I tend to read Like the Wind – a magazine for runners, by runners.

Anything else you would particularly like to highlight?

I am a big believer in giving your best and hope that everyone can be all that they can be and have a positive impact on others. "Cheerfulness in the face of adversity" is a life-long motto from my time as a Commando.

The House system at Dauntsey's

At Dauntsey's each pupil joins a boarding or day house and is supported by his or her Housemaster or Housemistress and a team of tutors. Their aim is to ensure each pupil fulfils their potential and makes the most of the many and varied opportunities on offer at Dauntsey's. There are five boarding houses and seven day houses at Dauntsey's - find our more