Dauntsey's has its own Art School, housed separately from the main school site in a spacious building rich with history.
Fourth and Fifth Form (Years 10 and 11)
The GCSE curriculum is followed in the Fourth and Fifth Forms and is designed to provide the best possible preparation for life in the Sixth Form and beyond. The average class size at this stage is 16.
Several core subjects are compulsory: English language, English literature, mathematics, and science (equivalent to two subjects).
There is also the opportunity for real breadth of study, with a wide range of optional subjects that pupils can choose freely from, rather than having to select from fixed option columns. The majority of pupils choose four option subjects, though the most academic may choose five. Pupils also have timetabled lessons in games on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Optional Subject Choices
ART AND DESIGN • CLASSICAL CIVILISATION • COMPUTING • DANCE • DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY • DRAMA • FRENCH •
GERMAN • GEOGRAPHY • HISTORY • LATIN • MUSIC • PHYSICAL EDUCATION • RELIGIOUS STUDIES • SCIENCE EXTRA • SPANISH
Biology has always been a popular subject at Dauntsey's and the Biology Department has a long history.
At International GCSE, 80% of our pupils now opt to study separate International GCSEs in Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
Classics at Dauntsey's is the study of Latin and Classical Civilisation (and Greek in the Sixth Form)
Computer Science introduces students to the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications.
Drama GCSE is a popular option as the syllabus offers a good balance of practical and text-based work.
Dauntsey's has a flourishing Design and Technology Department that has embraced the rapid changes in technology the subject has seen in recent years.
The EAL department teaches and guides international pupils through their external examinations: IELTS*, English GCSE and IGCSE.
In the English Department, we come in to work in the morning to develop critical thinking skills in our pupils.
Pupils who learn French at Dauntsey's over a period of seven years will leave the school with the ability to communicate in French and read widely in the language
Geography is a popular and successful subject at Dauntsey’s, with approximately 60 pupils usually choosing the subject as a GCSE option
German is taught throughout the school.
Seven years of History at Dauntsey's will take pupils from the Norman Conquest to the Cold War, and often the Gulf Wars, developing critical life skills along the way.
The Mathematics Department, which comprises 10 members of staff, is one of the busiest academic departments at Dauntsey's.
Dauntsey's has a strong musical tradition and a distinguished reputation for musical activities and achievements.
Physical Education plays an important role in the curriculum at Dauntsey's, with all pupils expected and encouraged to take an active part.
The main aims of the Physics Department are to foster an interest and enthusiasm for the subject, to promote an understanding of fundamental principles and to consolidate ideas, but also to encourage pupils to develop an enquiring mind, to question the world around them and indeed to tackle the mysterious!
Religion, philosophy and ethics is one of the most intellectually stimulating subjects in the curriculum.
Pupils at Dauntsey's enjoy the opportunity of learning Spanish from the First Form.