Upper School Boarding (Boys 14-18yrs)

Some sixty five Upper School boarding boys live in Mercers' House, a modern and spacious building close to the centre of the School, but enjoying fine views of the northern edge of Salisbury Plain. Accommodation in the large and airy rooms is excellent; pupils share rooms in their first three years and all Upper Sixth pupils have a single room. There are separate television and common rooms for the boys, a fully equipped kitchen, as well as two "brew rooms". On cold winter evenings, an open fire in the common room gives a welcoming homely feeling.

The desire of the Housemaster is for each boy to feel secure and significant during their time in Mercers', encouraging them to make the most of all their abilities and the opportunities on offer. Hopefully, by the time they leave, they will be realising their potential as individuals, and realising that collectively they are even better! Helping to make this possible is a fine team of tutors, who support and encourage the boys in all aspects of life, Miss Nisbeck our Matron and the Mercers’ ‘Ladies’ who keep the accommodation looking and smelling fresh!

Housemaster - Allister Sheffield

Prior to entering teaching, Allister served as a Forward Observation Officer in 29 Commando Regiment, as well as working for an international bank. Since joining Dauntsey’s in 2007, he has been a Tutor in both Forbes and Hemens House as well as Assistant Housemaster of Mercers. He has also been the Head of PSE and Master i/c of the Moonrakers outdoor activity programme, as well as running the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race team for a number of years. He is married to Zoe, and they have two small children, Caspar and Poppy-Mae.