School Life

In this section you will find out more about daily routines and life at Dauntsey's.

Dauntsey's has a thriving boarding community, which makes up approximately 45% of pupil numbers.  Pastoral care is given through the structured house system whereby pupils are placed into either a day or a boarding house, under the care of a personal tutor who reports to the Housemaster or Housemistress in overall charge of the house.  Houses in the Lower School (for pupils aged 11-13 years) are co-educational, houses in the Upper School (for pupils aged 14-18 years) are single sex. 

Pupils arriving at either 11+ or 13+ are thus placed into either a  Lower School day or boarding house (day houses are; Scott, Forbes and Rendell, the boarding house is Manor).  At 14, at the start of their GCSE years pupils move into a single sex Upper School house and the Head of the Lower School oversees this process ensuring that talents and abilities are spread throughout the houses.  Houses in the Upper School for girls are; Evans and Jeanne (boarding) and King Reynolds and Lambert (day). Upper School boys move into either Fitzmaurice or Mercers' (boarding) or Hemens or Farmer (day).  New pupils arriving at 16+ for their A Level years are thus placed into one of the eight Upper School houses.

Regular inter-house competitions, sporting or otherwise, foster a healthy but friendly rivalry between houses. In all other aspects of school life, boarders and day pupils are fully integrated. Boarders often make friends with local day pupils, and are able to invite them to stay, at no cost, in their boarding house at the weekend (depending on available space).  Lower School pupils can also invite themselves to stay at Manor on a Friday night, through the, "Friends on Friday's" programme run by the Housemaster, Adam Hurst.  Day pupils also benefit from the many events and opportunities on offer beyond the School day to which they are always most welcome.

A caring culture

“ Strong house loyalties, friendly and positive relationships and atmosphere are fostered by dedicated staff, whose holistic care… is exemplary ”

— Independent Schools Inspectorate, Integrated Inspection Report