Pastoral Care

Who looks after me?

Pastoral care is provided in many ways, but principally through the House system. You will be in a House run by either a Housemaster or a Housemistress. Along with a team of tutors, the Housemaster or Housemistress is responsible for most aspects of your development whilst at Dauntsey's; they are caring and knowledgeable, and aim to ensure that you make the most of your time here. You will develop a close relationship with House staff, and former pupils often stay closely in touch with their House staff long after leaving Dauntsey's.

Your tutor will liaise with your subject teachers, and so monitor your academic progress, or help deal with problems as they emerge. He, or she, will provide a listening ear when you need someone to talk to. Your tutor is also in regular contact with your parents and is normally the person that they should contact to discuss your progress. At the end of each term your parents will receive a written report on your progress and interim progress is monitored through regular staff comments.

Who else can I turn to?

Sometimes you may prefer to discuss a personal problem with an adult who has no disciplinary role in the School. There are a number of people you can turn to, including the Chaplain, the sanatorium staff or one of our counsellors. The Student Listening Service is also available to give confidential help and advice if required. You can get in touch with them via the Library.

Pattern of the school week:

The school day begins with registration at 8.25am on weekdays and lessons end at 4.00pm; Saturday lessons end at 12.45pm. Sixth Form lunch is at 1.10pm and at 12.45pm on Saturdays, but if you have a free period during periods five or six you can go to lunch early. Day pupils who arrive late must check in at Reception as soon as possible. School transport leaves at 5.30pm and at 4.30pm on Saturdays - you may only leave School early if you have permission from your House staff.

Will I be the only new Sixth Former to the School?

Absolutely not! The good news is there is always a significant number of new boarders and day pupils at Sixth Form level.


Ask for help

“ Everyone is new in experiencing what the Sixth Form has to offer, even those who have been at the School for many years.There is no doubt that the workload demands a lot of your time but there are so many people who can help you, so don’t hesitate to ask if you are struggling. The social life is incredible; there is a huge sense of community within the Sixth Form, where relationships with staff and friendships become a lot more mature and respected. ”

— Sixth Form pupil