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Adventure

Pupils at Dauntsey's are encouraged to develop a strong spirit of adventure and the School provides a wide variety of adventurous pursuits.

All pupils in the Third Form undertake a programme of adventurous training called Moonrakers. The Moonrakers course culminates in a week's residential camp late in the summer term, where our own staff work alongside trained outdoor education instructors at an Outdoor Education Centre in North Wales. Thereafter, pupils can choose from a wide variety of other opportunities such as ocean sailing on Jolie Brise, the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, the Brecons Challenge, Triathlon training and diving with the Sub Aqua Club. Expeditions, at home and abroad, are organised by the Dauntsey's Expedition and Mountaineering Society (DEAMS).

Perhaps surprisingly for a landlocked school, we also maintain and sail the Jolie Brise. Built in 1913, this 56-foot gaff cutter was the last boat to carry the Royal Mail under sail and has won the Fastnet Race three times, including the first race in 1925. The Dauntsey's Sailing Club is open to all pupils from the Fourth Form (Year 10) upwards and is run by Toby Marris, the School's full-time sailing master.

Canoeing is taken particularly seriously with several teams entering the annual Devizes to Westminster race and the Brecon's Challenge which attracts pairs of senior girls and boys to spend a weekend canoeing, cycling and running through the Welsh mountains. The Dauntsey's Triathlon is another event that is gaining in popularity and consists of 400m swim, a 1.55 mile cycle ride and ends in a 0.25 mile run. 

Have a go

“ I ask our pupils to have a sense of adventure and try something new. Every day I see the consequences, both in our community and in classrooms where boys and girls have a deeper understanding of how they function, greater self-esteem and a renewed energy and confidence in their abilities. ”

— Head Master, Mark Lascelles