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International Families' Guide

We look forward to welcoming you to Dauntsey’s in September and hope that the information below helps you prepare for your arrival.


Arrangements for the beginning of Term

Thursday 7 September 2017

Your boarding house will be open from 10.00 on Thursday 7 September and House Staff will be on hand to greet you. Please see Start of Term Arrangements either under Lower School or Upper School for the arrangements for the rest of the day.

Arrangements for Lower School Pupils

Arrangements for Upper School Pupils

Please arrive in good time for lunch at 12.15.

We can help you with booking taxis from the airport. Please let Mrs Williams know the details in plenty of time by sending her an email on m.williams@dauntseys.org

If you are arriving before the 7 September and would like to arrange accommodation locally then please refer to this list – Accommodation Close to School


Important Notices and Reminders

Visa and Police Registration

PLEASE APPLY FOR YOUR VISA EARLY. Should you require a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) please contact Megan Williams at m.williams@dauntseys.org

It is a requirement for non-European pupils to register with the Police on arrival. Megan Williams will organise this for you.

Please bring four passport-sized photographs to School with you.

Guardians

Whatever your age, whilst you are a pupil at Dauntsey’s you must have a guardian who is residing in the UK during term time. Your guardian must be available to collect you if you are too ill to be at School or if you are suspended from School. Your guardian may also look after you during the exeat weekends during the year and for half term holidays, if you are not travelling home.

All the requirements for a guardian are listed here - Guidelines for choosing a Guardian (pdf)

Should you wish to use a guardian agency please consult the AEGIS web site http://www.aegisuk.net/

Medical Care at Dauntsey’s

Dauntsey’s has its own Medical Centre which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Medical Centre Sisters (Nurses) will do their best to sort out all your medical problems and you will automatically be registered with the School Doctor.

Important – Action Required
Please download a Medical Form here - Medical Form (pdf) . You must complete this form and return it to the Medical Centre by Friday 5 May 2017. 

The Medical Centre will arrange appointments for you. If you bring any medication with you, you must show this to the Medical Centre Sister and to your Housemaster or Housemistress on arrival. Emergency dental treatment can be organised through the Medical Centre, as can routine appointments. However, most pupils arrange routine appointments with their own dentists during half term or holidays.

Find out more - Medical Care at Dauntsey's

The Medical Centre, Dauntsey’s School, West Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 4HE. Tel: 01380 814576 E-mail: medicalcentre@dauntseys.org


Music Lessons

Dauntsey’s is very proud of the Music Department and there are many music groups and orchestras to join.

It is important to sign up early for music lessons if you want them by completing our online form.

Important - Action required
Please follow link to complete our online form - Musical Instrument Lessons


School Uniform and Dress Regulations

You will wear your School uniform or Sixth Form clothes until 17.30 from Monday to Friday, and up to 13.30 on Saturdays. After these times you may change into your own clothes.

All boarding pupils should be dressed smartly at breakfast. Boys may not wear earrings, and other jewellery must not be visible. Girls may wear only one small sleeper or stud earring in each lower lobe and other jewellery should not be visible. Nose studs, tongue studs and the like are not allowed. Hair – there should be no extremes of style, colour or cut. Boys’ hair should be groomed and tidy. Hair should be off the collar and boys should be clean-shaven. Girls’ hair, if worn long, should be groomed and tidy or tied back.

Uniform for First to Fifth Forms

You will need to visit the School Shop to buy your uniform and sports kit on arrival at the beginning of term. The Shop will be open on Saturday 02 September, 10.00 – 16.00 and then every day the following week from Monday 04 September, 09.00 – 17.00

Important - Action required
Please follow the link below to make arrangements for visiting the school shop when you arrive in September and also to complete our online order form for name tapes and your School Sports bag.

Please note that every item of clothing and equipment must have a name label.


The School Day

A week day always begins with breakfast from 7.30 and registration in your boarding house at 8.15.  From 8.35 am there is an assembly, a house meeting or a meeting with your tutor. There are nine lessons a day, each lasting 35 minutes. A full break down of the school day can be found here … The School Day

Sundays

On Sundays, a varied programme of activities is organised at The Manor. Recent activities have included visits to the cinema, ice skating in Swindon, pancake, cookie and cup-cake making. Brunch is served at 10.30, there is a ‘Sandwich bar’ between 13.00 and 15.00 and supper is served at 18.30.

During the day, Upper School pupils have free time and can choose to study, play sports, enjoy time with friends or take part in an organised outing.

Upper School and Lower School pupils may leave School at the weekend to stay with a friend or go on a day visit once House Staff have received the necessary permission from parents.


Joining the International Society

All new joiners are assigned a ‘buddy’, a pupil from their own year group, to introduce them to other people and help them find their way around.

The International Society is a club for all overseas pupils. There are many events throughout the year. The Society is run by pupils and there are representatives from every house on the Society’s Committee.

Recent events have included: sightseeing trips to local attractions, formal dinners, cinema and ten pin bowling, ice skating, Laser Quest, Chinese New Year Dinner, weekend shopping trips and a trip to Thorpe Park Theme Park and Oxford during the first exeat weekend in September and another to London in the January exeat.

Find out more - International Society News


Sport

Everyone does games or sport at Dauntsey’s and the School has extensive facilities. In the Lower School (1st to 3rd Forms) boys play Rugby, Hockey, Tennis, Cricket, Swimming and Athletics; girls play Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Swimming and Athletics according to the season.

Lower School Games: Monday and Wednesday 14.45 – 16.00. For pupils in the 4th and 5th Forms, there is some choice, if you are not in a School team.

Upper School Games: Tuesday and Thursday 14.45 – 16.00
For the 6th Form, there is a choice of games and sports; attendance at these sessions is compulsory as they are a part of the School day.

A fitted mouthguard is required for rugby and hockey. Please see details here - Mouthguards

Sports Clubs

There is a large variety of sports clubs which run in the Long Break or after School.

These include: Basketball, Tennis (lessons), Squash (lessons), Swimming, Martial Arts, Badminton, Table Tennis, Dance, Mountain Biking and Archery. During the first week of School, there is a Clubs and Societies Fair, at which you can see what is on offer and sign up for activities.


Language Support – English as an Additional Language (EAL)

All overseas pupils who do not have English as a first language are supported by the EAL Department to further develop their English language skills. This support is structured to meet individual needs and circumstances. Classes focus on enhancing language skills, exam preparation and additional language support to access the School’s curriculum. This support, in addition to preparing them for university, is to help pupils to be successful in their studies and life at Dauntsey’s.

Lessons are either one to one or in small groups in order to maximise the support given in writing, reading, listening and speaking. This is important when it comes to exam preparation for either I/GCSE in the Fifth Form or IELTS in the Sixth Form.

The EAL Department also offers a weekly club for pupils to come for a chat, get help with their work, practise their English and make friends. The younger pupils find the support from older pupils invaluable.

Find out more - EAL Department


Useful Vocabulary – please download our short vocab guide (pdf)

Some words will be new and some are not in a dictionary!


What should I bring from home?

Here are a few ideas from Dauntsey’s Overseas pupils. You do not need everything on this list! * items are essential.

  • * Passport-sized photographs (minimum of 4)
  •  * Personal items and clothes
  • Clothes for a party
  • * Dressing gown/onesie and towels
  • Posters/Photographs of family and friends
  • Soft toys
  • Tennis/squash/badminton racket
  • Umbrella
  • * Permanent marker pen
  • * Personal medication (All personal medication has to be handed in to the Medical Centre)
  •  * USB pen drive
  • * Spare glasses or spare contact lenses and solution if worn
  • * Slippers/flip-flops (indoor shoe wear)
  • All paper, files and text books are provided by the School, so there is no need to bring your own.
  • Duvets, sheets and pillows are supplied, but you may wish to bring your own duvet cover and pillowcase for a single bed.

Mobile phones and Electrical equipment

Mobile phones may be used in your free time. They must be switched off during lessons. Please make sure that your mobile phone will work in the UK. If required, top-up phone cards are on sale at the School Shop. Most of the School is covered by WiFi and you may bring your own laptop.

To meet the current British Standard requirements on portable electrical equipment (BS 1363 pts 1–5) the School operates a policy whereby pupils are requested not to bring their own adapters or extension leads into School. A selection of adapters and extension leads are available for purchase from the School Shop which meet all international standards.

To meet its legal responsibilities the School arranges for all portable electrical equipment to be tested by a qualified electrician; this will be carried out in September and at the start of each new term in all the boarding houses.


Money

Devizes is the nearest town to Dauntsey’s and there are a few banks with electronic cash points. You can also set up a UK bank account. It is useful to do this when you arrive and your House staff can help. It is not recommended that you bring a large amount of cash with you.


Food

Lower School pupils have breakfast and supper at The Manor, whilst lunch is at Main School. Upper School pupils have all their meals at Main School in the Dining Hall together with boarders from all the other senior boarding houses. There is a wide choice of food on offer, all of which is freshly prepared on site. There are hot and cold options including vegetarian and meat or fish dishes, salads, cheese, bread, soup, fruit and desserts. At tea, you may have cakes or biscuits with a hot or cold drink. Only pupils in the Sixth Form may drink alcohol and only in specified circumstances. You are not allowed to bring alcohol into School.

Tuck Shop and Cyber Café

The Tuck Shop sells sweets, chocolate, biscuits, tea, coffee and ice cream during breaks and after lessons. You may sign for what you buy and this will be added to your School bill (please check with your parents!) The nearby Cyber Café allows you to email home and catch up on news.


School minibus service to Devizes

A minibus service to and from our delightful nearby market town of Devizes is provided three times a week in order that pupils can buy extra supplies, go to the local bank and anything else they may require. Devizes has many of the UK high street stores as well as independent stores and coffee shops.

This service is provided free to boarders, you simply need to go to the main Reception to put your name on the list for the day/s you would like to go into Devizes.


The Weather

In the UK we have hot days and cold days and sunshine, rain, wind and snow. You will need to bring clothing to suit all seasons.


Asking for Help

We hope that you will have a very positive experience here at Dauntsey’s and there are many people willing to help, if you have a problem.

These include:

Your Tutor, who monitors your academic progress, and is concerned for your welfare and happiness. You will have a weekly meeting with your tutor and will soon establish a good working relationship.

Your Housemaster or Housemistress who will always be there to help.

Your teachers are always a good source of advice.

The School Listening Service is based in the Medical Centre and professional counsellors are always available; there are also student listeners to whom you can turn for help and advice.

The Medical Centre – if you feel unwell or worried you can visit the Medical Centre 24 hours a day.

As a general rule, if you are unsure about anything, it is important to ask for help. You will find that all staff and pupils at Dauntsey’s are willing to assist and, if they don’t know the answer to your question, will put you in touch with somebody who does.

Rev. David Johnson - Head of International Society

“ I look forward to welcoming you to Dauntsey's in September and encourage you to participate in all the events organised by the International Society. ”


Megan Williams - Visas and Transport requests

“ Please come and see me when you arrive in September if you have a biometric residence permit (BRP) to collect and need to register with the police. I can also help you with any transport arrangements. ”



Contact Addresses

The School mailing address is:
Dauntsey’s
West Lavington
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN10 4HE UK

Telephone Number: (+44) 1380 814500 and  Email: info@dauntseys.org

You will be given a School email address and, during the School day, you will be able to use it. You are also able to use other email sites, such as yahoo and hotmail.

Boarding House addresses

Dauntsey’s has five boarding houses:
The Manor – Junior boys and girls
Fitzmaurice House and Mercers House – Senior boys
Jeanne House and Evans House – Senior girls

All of the Houses use the address of the School, but you need to add the name of the House before the School’s name e.g. Mercers House, Dauntsey’s School, West Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 4HE, UK


For a taste of life at Dauntsey's please watch our latest short film.


Action Required

Please remember to complete and return your Medical Form (pdf) by Friday 5 May