Pupils at Dauntsey's are encouraged to develop a strong spirit of adventure as we believe that this is just as useful in the classroom as in the wider world. The School curriculum includes a wide variety of adventurous programmes and challenges and the option to take part in expeditions, home and abroad, to locations such as the Brecon Beacons, Iceland, Arctic Sweden, 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 wonderful 150 acre campus and surrounding area. We offer our pupils activities such as camping, orienteering, kayaking, climbing, outdoor cookery, survival skills, cycling, as well as first aid and lifesaving.

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. We are also unique in maintaining and sailing our very own Tall Ship the Jolie Brise, which provides adventurous ocean sailing.


Adventure at Dauntsey's

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



Jolie Brise

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.

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