Meet Our Pupils

We are enormously proud of our pupils. They are good fun to be with – irreverent at times and respectful of others. Their happiness and fulfilment is our ultimate priority as, in our experience, if our pupils are happy then success will follow.Dauntsey's School - meet a selection of our pupils

Meet Alex...

Alex is a day girl in the First Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
When we came to visit the School I was really impressed by the science, maths and design technology departments. I am very keen on sport too so I was excited to see all the great sports facilities.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subjects are sport, because I love taking part in all the matches, and maths, because we have learnt a lot of new things and it has been really good fun.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
Most of my clubs are sport. I do hockey, climbing, netball, rookie life-guarding, tennis, PE and cricket. All the clubs are soooooo much fun!

What is your favourite place on earth and why?
Cornwall, on the beach because I love to be by the sea.

What is your favourite book and why?
'Girl on a Plane’ by Miriam Moss – I love true stories.

What is your favourite film and why?
The Harry Potter films are fantastic.

Who do you admire most in public life and why?
Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai as they are great role models and are working to make the world a better place.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like to fly.

Meet James...

James is a boarder in the Third Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I moved from a nearby state primary school. When we came to visit Dauntsey’s seemed like a really friendly place and I was very keen to come here. Also, my sister went to Dauntsey’s and really enjoyed it.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subject is Design Technology. It’s great fun and you make things that are really useful!

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
Since joining Dauntsey’s, I have taken up shooting. We do it twice a week and I love it.

Who do you most admire in public life?
I most admire the American businessman Elon Musk. He is revolutionising the world with SpaceX and Tesla. I would love to be like him when I am older!

I really liked the friendly atmosphere and felt that I knew the School before I started.

First form, day pupil

Meet Skeet...

Skeet is in the Upper Sixth, in Mercers House.  He is studying English Literature, Religious Studies and French for A-level.

Why did you decide to come to Dauntsey’s, and what did you like about the school when you first visited?

I have always heard great things about Dauntsey’s and so wanted to join when I could.  The School just has such a welcoming atmosphere that is noticeable from your first day, whichever year group you start in.

What would you say to someone just entering the Sixth Form?

Make sure you get to know everyone in your classes in Sixth Form; they’re often smaller and more intimate and you’ll be with those people for the next two years!

What has been the highlight of your time in the Sixth Form so far?

The social events in the Sixth Form have definitely been a highlight, especially with events like the 17 Club parties as well as the Valentine’s Ball which are amazing opportunities for everyone to get together.

What is your favourite book, and why?

The Great Gatsby has always been a favourite of mine; it’s not that long but captures so much of what life was really like in 1920s America.

What is your favourite place on earth, and why?

This Summer I returned from a trip in Japan; the food, culture and people were just incredible, and I definitely want to return to explore further - it’s such an interesting place.

Meet Sophie...

Sophie is in the Upper Sixth, in Evans House.  She is studying Biology Chemistry and Spanish A-levels and an EPQ.

Why did you decide to come to Dauntsey’s, and what did you like about the school when you first visited?

There was never any doubt as to whether Dauntsey’s was right for me.  I decided at quite a young age that this is where I wanted to come as I regularly visited my four older siblings during their time here.

I was drawn to the range of opportunities that I had seen them have at the School such as being involved in music or drama, playing in sports teams at a high standard, and other activities which made the school unique, like sailing on the Jolie Brise.

What would you say to someone just entering the Sixth Form?

As someone who worries a lot themselves, I would tell them anyone joining the Sixth Form that, despite having a potentially stressful and anxious two years ahead, everything will be OK.

Dauntsey’s is a really supportive and kind community and there is always someone who can help you.  I would also say, although academic work is important, not to waste the extra-curricular opportunities that the School offers because the balance between work and having a social life is so important.  During a hectic year, you really learn to appreciate down time!

What has been the highlight of your time in the Sixth Form so far?

The highlight has probably been enjoying the benefits of reaching the top of the School. I can remember walking past the 17 Club in the Lower School or hearing about all the balls and parties during the year and not being able to wait until I could join in with those things.

I’ve also developed really solid friendships with people that I have known (and in some cases lived with!) for the last six years and so being able to experience Sixth Form together does mean something.

What is your favourite place on earth, and why?

One of my favourite places on earth would have to be my godparents’ kitchen.  As they are chefs, it’s packed full of really vivid memories of tastes, smells and sensations that take me back to when I was really little... before I knew the stress of A-levels!

Here at Dauntsey’s there is time and space to try new things, make new friends and challenge yourself. I have certainly done things I never thought I could do.

margaret, sixth form pupil