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Information for International Students

Welcome to Dauntsey's. We hope that the information here will help you to get ready for your arrival at Dauntsey's.

Transport - Arrival
Please email Mrs Williams,  m.williams@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk our International Travel Co ordinator if you would  like help in arranging transport to Dauntseys at the start of term.

Arrivals and Welcome
On the day or arrival there is a welcome lunch for all new international pupils and your parents and  guardians. You will meet your Housemaster or Housemistress and all of the other new international pupils.

Guardians
During your time at Dauntsey’s you must have a guardian (even if you are over 18 years) . Your guardian will take responsibility for you during exeat weekends and holidays and if you are in hospital or suspended from School. Your guardian must reside in the UK and be over 24 years. Ideally, your guardian will live within a two hour drive of School. You may appoint a relative or a friend as guardian. Should you wish to use a guardian agency please consult the AEGIS (the Association of the Education and Guardianship of International Students) web site www.aegisuk.net

Money
If you want to open an HSBC bank account in Devizes, the nearest town, then your Housemaster/Housemistress will be able to supply the details.

Communication
If you want to bring a mobile telephone, make sure that it will work in the UK. From Hong Kong, you need dual band at least. The cheapest way to stay in touch can be with a PCCW or similar. Set up the account before you leave. There are pay phones in School and phone cards can be purchased.

What to bring
You will be sent a list of the items that you need to bring with you. Do be careful to check what you can and cannot bring into the UK in your hand baggage.

The Weather
British weather is notoriously unpredictable. Here is a rough guide. September: warm (temp. 16 degrees),often showery. October - December: windy, cold (temp 8 degrees), rain. January - March: cold (temp 6 degrees), windy, rain, may snow. March - July: warmer (temp 15-19 degrees), mainly dry with occasional rain.

Meeting English Pupils
Each of you will have a 'buddy' at Dauntsey's. They will usually be in your own year group and will help you out in the first few weeks by introducing you to people and showing you around the School. You will meet your buddy shortly after arrival and, with their help, you will soon feel very much at home.

Food
There is a wide choice of food at School and at The Manor, all of which is prepared on site. A typical daily menu might be as follows: Breakfast - cereal, toast, bacon, eggs, milk, juice, fruit Lunch - curry, meat, vegetables, vegetarian, pasta, salad, dessert Afternoon Tea - Tea, cakes, biscuits, juice Supper - pasta, salad, meat, vegetables, vegetarian food, fruit, bread.

Tuck Shop and Cyber Cafe
The Tuck Shop sells sweets, chocolate, biscuits, tea, coffee and ice cream during breaks and after lessons. The nearby Cyber Café allows you to e-mail home and catch up on news.

Sixth Form
You should wear a smart suit to School, as if you were working in an office. You will need to buy your suits before you come, as these are not sold in School. Please do not bring too many clothes to School, as space is limited.

Asking for help
You will soon discover Dauntsey's is a friendly environment and you should feel comfortable asking anyone for help. However, you will have a tutor in your House, who will usually be your first point of contact if you have any problems. You will have regular meetings with your tutor as well as informal chats around the School.

English Lessons
If they are necessary, English support lessons are available in School. You will meet these teachers and arrange lessons when you arrive; you will be encouraged to improve your language skills throughout your time here.

Visa
Apply for your visa EARLY. All students applying to come to the UK to study will be assessed under the Tier 4 (Child) points based system. Further information can be obtained fromt the UKBA website.  http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/studying/child-students/ 

Doctor & Dentist
The School has its own medical centre, the Sanatorium, whose staff will do their best to sort out all your medical problems. You will be registered with the School Doctor who comes to School, and with a local dentist . The Sanatorium Sister will arrange any appointments for you. If you need to bring any medication with you for the first few weeks (such as asthma inhalers), please, don't forget them. Show all medicines to the Sanatorium Sister and to your Housemaster or Housemistress on arrival.

Useful Contacts

International Pupils Co ordinator - Mrs Halliday - m.halliday@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Visa Applications - Mrs Williams - m.williams@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Travel - Mrs Williams - m.williams@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

EAL - Mrs Whitchurch - d.whitchurch@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Evans House - Mr Yates - n.yates@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Jeanne House - Mrs Jackson - a.jackson@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Fitzmaurice House - Mr Spencer - j.spencer@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Mercers House- Mr Sheffiled - a.sheffield@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

The Manor - Mr Hurst - a.hurst@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk

Head of International Society - Rev David Johnson - d.johnson@dauntseys.wilts.sch.uk