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A group of happy children

Dauntsey’s is a leading co-educational boarding and day school for 11-18 year olds.  Set in an estate of 150 acres of idyllic countryside, on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, we offer some 860 pupils challenge and inspiration both inside and outside the classroom.

Academic success is at the heart of all that we do, but our ethos is about much more than exam grades.  It’s about developing the skills and characteristics, such as resilience, flexibility and a willingness to have a go, which we all need to have a successful, happy life. We aim to be a school where everyone can be themselves, where friendship and kindness really matter and where pupils make the most of their talents and abilities.

An Adventurous Education

Central to this ambition is our approach to adventure.  Adventure at Dauntsey’s is not simply an event but something that teaches invaluable life skills and changes attitudes and behaviour for the better.  This spirit of adventure reaches into the classroom where inspirational teaching stretches and nurtures each pupil’s learning.

This approach ensures that we are equipping pupils with the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in whatever the future holds for them. 

Give of your best, look after each other and never be afraid to try something new.”

Head Master, Mark Lascelles.

Dauntsey's at a glance


pupils aged 11-18 in the school


acres of land


miles from London Heathrow airport


different clubs and activities


matches played each year


concerts, recitals, music competitions or master-classes each year


average number of pupils in I/GCSE class


average number of students in an A Level class

An insight into life at Dauntsey's

The Manor is home to all of our Lower School boarders (First Form - Third Form).  The house is set in 65 acres of grounds and ancient woodlands and is just a short walk from the main school. 

Explore Dauntsey's through the eyes of some Upper Sixth students.  They will take you around the campus and into some of the Houses. 

Joining the Lower School is an exciting time - there are many opportunities and adventures waiting for you!  Have a look at what life is life for our pupils in the Lower School

Jolie Brise, arguably one of the most famous tall ships in the world, has been sailed and maintained by pupils from Dauntsey's School for 43 years.

Life in the Lower School

When pupils arrive into Lower School at Dauntsey's they will be part of a cohort of around 100 children who have come from over 60 different schools, state and prep, local and overseas.

Life in the Middle School

Joining the Middle School (Fourth and Fifth Form) at Dauntsey's is a pivotal moment in a pupil's life. 

Life in the Sixth Form

Moving up into Sixth Form is a key milestone in any pupil’s educational journey.  It is a step up academically, emotionally and socially and the Sixth Form offering at Dauntsey’s has been developed to reflect this.