Pupils at Dauntsey's are encouraged to develop a strong spirit of adventure and the School curriculum includes a wide variety of adventurous challenges and the option to take part in expeditions, home and abroad, to locations such as the Brecon Beacons, Glencoe in winter, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and Tanzania.
We have a discerning approach to developing our adventure education curriculum and are particularly keen to take advantage of our lovely 150 acre campus and surrounding area, offering activities such as camping, kayaking, climbing and orienteering to our younger pupils. All pupils in the Third Form then undertake a programme of adventurous activities every Friday afternoon called Moonrakers. After 35 weeks, Moonrakers culminates in a residential camp late in the summer term, where our own staff work alongside trained outdoor education instructors in Aberdovey, North Wales.
Challenge events are also taken particularly seriously with several teams entering the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race every year. We have also devised our own Brecons Challenge which attracts pairs of senior girls and boys and involves a weekend of canoeing, cycling and running through the Welsh mountains. The annual Dauntsey's Triathlon is another event that is gaining in popularity.
Through our adventure programme, pupils’ confidence and self-esteem rise dramatically as they discover what can be achieved, often under challenging conditions.head of adventure education, sam moore
Perhaps surprisingly for a landlocked school, we also maintain and sail the Jolie Brise. Built in 1913, this 56-foot gaff cutter was the last boat to carry the Royal Mail under sail and has won the Fastnet Race three times, including the first race in 1925.