Joining the Manor
The Manor is Dauntsey's Lower School boarding house. It was built as a family home in the 1860's and today, 150 years later it still is, although probably a rather noisier one than the original owner, Sir Edward Pleydell-Bouverie MP, anticipated.
Entry to the Manor is usually in the Third Form (Year 9), although a number of younger pupils join the Manor at aged 11 into our First Form (Year 7).
The Manor is a co-educational house where boys and girls study, socialise and eat together, forming friendships that often last a lifetime. The boys' and girls' accommodation is on separate floors, with staff accommodation on each corridor.
Each week, two girls and two boy Sixth Formers act as big sisters and brothers on Manor duty, organising games and helping with prep and bedtime routines as well as providing a listening ear if needed and a friendly face during the day at main school .
We recommend that potential Lower School Boarders and their families attend one of our Open Mornings which are held in October and May each year and /or contact the Admissions Office who will be pleased to organise an individual appointment. Open Mornings include a presentation by the Head Master, a visit to the Manor and guided tour with current Manorites, a tour of main school and an opportunity to meet teaching staff over a buffet lunch. Individual tours which typically take two and a half hours, include a meeting with the Registrar and the Head Master as well as a visit to the Manor and tour of main school .
If you would like any further information about visiting Dauntsey's and the Manor, please contact the Admissions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) where staff will be pleased to advise and to organise individual visits.
Those entering the First Form will sit an entrance examination in January followed by an interview. Those who do particularly well may well be awarded Academic Scholarships, Music Awards are also available through an audition.
Entrance in the Third Form (Year 9) is either by the Independent Schools' Common Entrance Examination (CE), taken at a pupils' prep school in June of their Year 8, or via our own entrance examination, taken at Dauntsey's in November of a pupil's Year 8. Registered pupils in Year 7 who are considering entry to Dauntsey's in Year 9 are invited to come on the popular "Taste of Dauntsey's" programme, which is held in June. This provides an excellent opportunity to experience life at Dauntsey's and the Manor first-hand. Over two days, potential pupils stay overnight, participate in lessons, take part in a full programme of activities with our current First Form (Year 7), and have an interview with a senior member of staff. For those who have taken CE pre-tests at their prep school, unconditional places may be offered after the "Taster", for those not taking CE, places may be offered, subject to subject to examinations at Dauntsey's in November.
Please do contact the Admission Office for further detail and advice.