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Academic Life

At Dauntsey’s we are proud of our academic reputation and long tradition of exam success.  Throughout the school, the curriculum is broad and balanced, offering the opportunity to study an extensive range of subjects.  The timetable offers a great deal of flexibility; there are no set options columns at I/GCSE and A level, allowing pupils freedom of choice to accommodate their different interests and aptitudes. 

Our focus on adventure extends into the classroom, where teachers and pupils are encouraged to question and explore intellectually, approach topics from unexpected angles, unpick and rebuild ideas and attitudes. We promote independent learning, enabling pupils to fulfil their potential and develop the skills they will need in later life. 

A photography studio with lights and reflectors, a student photographs a model

Alongside the academic curriculum, we have developed our own complementary curriculum which covers important aspects of life beyond study, including current affairs, mindfulness, critical thinking and money management.  Complementary curriculum lessons are timetabled; they are not an optional extra. 

We aim to encourage all our pupils to become flexible and intellectually curious thinkers with an understanding of the world beyond the school gates.


Our talented and committed staff deliver teaching that is modern, challenging and inspiring.  They ensure that a culture of academic ambition is firmly rooted in the school and we expect our pupils to achieve examination results that they can feel truly proud of.

David Noble, Deputy Head (Academic)


Latest News

A boy stood in front of his art work
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It was once again the time of year for First Form pupils to test their creativity and imagination and enter into the battle to win the Shakespeare Cup!


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A Level students visit Berlin
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Our Upper Sixth German A Level students have just spent an unforgettable three days in Berlin, cementing their cultural knowledge of today’s Germany in a modern, multicultural city packed with history.

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OD offers career advice to Sixth Form students

Throughout both Lower School and Upper School the Careers Department brings in a variety of different speakers and industry experts to meet with pupils, with the aim being to give pupils an insight into as many different career options as possible.   

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Academics in Lower School

First to Third Form (Years 7 - 9)

GCSE Years

Fourth and Fifth Form (Years 10 and 11)

A Level Years

Lower and Upper Sixth (Years 12 and 13)