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Lower School Boarding

Boys and Girls aged 11-14yrs

Our pupils in the First, Second and Third Form (Years 7-9 inclusive) make up our Lower School and boarding for this group is at The Manor, a fabulous Victorian mansion set in 65 acres of grounds, a short walk from the main school site. 

A number of boarders join us at aged 11, the majority join at 13, into Year 9.

Year 9 (Third Form) entrants are welcomed as senior pupils of the Lower School (pupils aged 11-14 years) and spend their first year at Dauntsey's in co-educational houses, either boarding or day, before moving into the single sex senior houses (aged 14-18).

The co-educational environment at the Manor allows boys and girls to form firm friendships, based on mutual respect and trust before their move to the Upper School boarding houses (pupils aged 14-18) and the start of their GCSE studies.

Manor boarders arrive at main school for lessons after breakfast and a short stroll through the Manor woods or ride on the school shuttle bus.  After lessons finish at 4pm, they either stay at main school for clubs and activities, returning to Manor at 5.30pm or  return to the Manor for tea and cake at 4.20pm.  Supper at  Manor is at 6pm and prep and activities are organised and supervised by house staff until bedtime.

Manorites enjoy first class facilities and a range of exciting weekend activities: Laser Quest in the Manor woods, regular football and tennis tournaments, the ever-popular water slide, cooking, arts and crafts, film nights, a "pub" quiz, the Manor Marathon and Manor dash as well as trips to local attractions, such as; Splashdown water park, ice skating, Wokey Hole Caves, and an annual surfing weekend in Cornwall. 

Undoubtedly, The Manor is a unique and special place for pupils to begin their boarding careers, and one which remains dear to all those who pass through it long after they have moved up to Upper School and beyond.

"The distance from the main school site and the 65 acres of space means Manorites are free to enjoy a proper childhood for that bit longer." - Housemistress, Anne Sampson


Boarding at The Manor

The Manor provides an exceptionally warm and friendly 'home from home' for younger boarders and will feel very familiar to those arriving at Year 9 from prep school, who instantly become senior pupils, rather than the youngest in a senior boarding house.

Pupil Profiles

An insight into how some of our pupils at The Manor came to be here and what they think about boarding at Dauntsey's.
Please read here.

In the Press

A Closer Look at The Manor

Please read recent  article published in our In Focus magazine - May 2015 (pdf)

Take a Tour

Please follow link for a Virtual Tour of the Manor