Scholars are supported and extended beyond the classroom.
Clubs & Activities
Dauntsey's prides itself on the huge range of clubs, societies and activities that exist to provide enrichment and breadth to the academic curriculum. The most successful Dauntseians are those who work hard, play hard and are willing to give it a go.
All clubs are run by enthusiastic members of staff and many of these clubs have been started at the direct request of pupils. For example, the girls’ cricket club is a fairly recent addition to the school's clubs programme. The girls are very enthusiastic and train twice a week in the Summer Term, play fixtures and on occasion join in mixed training nets sessions. Two long breaks are scheduled during the day giving pupils plenty of time for their chosen activities.
Open to all Upper School pupils, this club aims to get pupils engaged about talking about international Human Rights, both in the UK and globally.
The Archery Club is run by James MacDonald, a qualified professional archer.
The Art School run a variety of sessions throughout the week.
Open to any pupils taking external music exams or those wanting to develop their all-round musical skills.
Players of all standards are welcome.
Bee Club runs every Monday for the first half of the Autumn Term, starting again in the second part of the Spring Term and all through the Summer Term.
A weekly club where you can come and join in playing a range of strategy-based board games to pit your wits against your friends and have a bit of fun.
Cricket clubs will run in all three terms.
The Brecons Challenge is an annual event in which pairs of Lower Sixth students take part in an energetic adventure race across the National Park.
We meet on a weekly basis to informally discuss, attempt and dissect challenging Chemistry questions in order to prepare for the RSC Chemistry Olympiad in January and the Lower Sixth Cambridge Chemistry Challenge in June.
All year groups and abilities are welcome to play chess and develop their own skills.
Dauntsey's Christian Union meets weekly in the Upper Room providing a supportive community and a quiet space for pupils to meet and encourage one another.
In this club, we do classical board games, including Labyrinth, Horrible Histories, This is Sparta, Zeus on the Loose, Top Trumps (gods, emperors and heroes) and Cluedo (the Roman villa version).
In this club, we follow the adventures of Odysseus, the legendary Greek hero who took twenty years to get back home.
In this club, we make classical stuff, including a ballista (a Roman siege engine), a castra (a Roman fort), a villa (a Roman house), a mosaic, a Greek vase, a paper model of a gladiator (fiendishly tricky).
Choral Clerk award holders attend this choir to fulfil their award.
Come and learn how to use the Mac suite and recording studio to make your own music.
Computing Club offers an opportunity for all pupils to develop their skills in programming, web development, Photoshop and cyber-security.
This is a large ensemble for players usually at Grade 4 and above, including wind, brass, percussion and bass guitar.
Students are welcome to consider whether they would like to make the significant personal commitment of being confirmed into the Christian church.
Ten weekly session in the Autumn Term and five in the Spring Term at Vaughan's Cookery School in Devizes, designed to cover all basic cooking skills.
Cultural Escapes offers you a weekly opportunity to see the best of what
France, Spain and Germany has to offer from the comfort of ML3.
A jazz band for selected saxophone, brass, bass, guitar, piano and percussion players.
These include contemporary, ballet, commercial, musical theatre, tap, GNI (Boys dance club) and tumbling.
We have two Dance Companies at Dauntsey's, one for the Lower School pupils and one for the Upper School.
This choir is by audition.
Pupils at Dauntsey's will have the opportunity to take part in the Dauntsey's Shakespeare competition and compete for the Shakespeare Shield.
Paddled each Easter weekend, this 125 mile canoe race draws competitors from many walks of life, either pupils of schools or private competitors from around the world.
Run on alternate weeks, the Drama book club will give pupils across the school the opportunity to study a play through fun discussion and analysis.
Drama sessions for all ages are designed to complement the school production at the time.
The DT Department is open through the week, at both long break and prep.
The 'DofE' Award Scheme is a nationally organised scheme of activities for young people involving an expedition in teams of four to seven, physical recreation, learning a skill (hobby) and giving service to the community.
A chance to end the week looting dungeons, slaying dragons and completing quests.
All are welcome to come along to the EAL Department on Wednesdays during long break to help with the EAL Podcast, have a chat, play board games and have hot drinks and biscuits.
An opportunity for an early morning swim from 6.00 - 8.00.
This is a discussion group for those interested in current UK and global economic issues, who possess a desire to develop analytical ways of thinking.
Enterprise in Action is a programme for Lower Sixth Form Business students that helps them to apply their A Level learning to a real business situation.
Open to all pupils, the Equestrian Club competes in a number of riding competitions.
At Dauntsey's Fencing Club you will learn how to fence with all three weapons; foil, sabre and Epee.
The Filmmaking Club will offer an introduction to life on a professional film set, outlining the various roles which exist.
At Reading Club, we only do one wonderful thing: read.
This is an opportunity for pupils in the Lower School to keep abreast of current issues facing the world through a geographical lens.
As with the boys, this club will be run as a fun softball session, with group coaching, leading in to hard ball nets, where appropriate.
The Girls' Football Club is a chance for pupils of all abilities to come along and have fun playing a game they love or want to try for the first time.
A theory class to prepare pupils for the ABRSM Grade 5 exam.
A theory class to prepare pupils for the ABRSM Grade 6-8 exams.
A weekly club that introduces many crafting techniques including: making your own friendship bracelets, jewellery and greeting cards.
HEMA is short for Historical European Martial Arts.
Hockey clubs run every week, encompassing all aspects of the fantastic game.
All are welcome to come along to the EAL Department on Thursdays during long break for discussions and a hot drink.
The Climbing Club will give pupils the opportunity to use the indoor climbing and scrambling wall in the Sports Hall.
Junior Orchestra is open to all instrumentalists in the Lower School, whatever instruments they play.
Using the school pool, pupils can learn to kayak and to play canoe polo in a warm, safe envirnment.
Lane swimming is available to all pupils at different times throughout the week.
This is a pupil led group for those who would like to gain experience in building robots and learning how to programme them.
The Listening Service is made up of members of the Upper School who have volunteered to support others in the school who are having difficulties of some kind and would rather talk to a fellow pupil than to an adult.
Lower School Athletics Club runs in the Summer Term.
This society meets on a weekly basis in N5 to debate topical issues raised by Lower School pupils.
Lower School Football runs in the Autumn and Spring Terms and is open to all keen footballers.
Lower School Rugby runs in the Autumn and Spring Term only.
The running club offers a fun, informal way to enjoy exercising with other Lower School pupils.
For people who LOVE science!
The Mercers' Lectures programme brings a fascinating range of speakers to the school.
The Musical Theatre Society has quickly established itself as a successful and popular group, with nearly 50 members across all year groups.
Netball clubs are run for each year group in the Autumn and Spring Terms.
The Petanque Club (Boules) is open to all Lower School pupils and takes place on the front lawns next to the Head Master's garden.
'We The Curious' is a freestyle Philosophy Club for those who are curious!
The Poetry Society offers pupils a space in which to immerse themselves in poetry for an hour every fortnight.
The Rifle Club shoots (.22mm rifles) during prep sessions from Monday to Thursday at the Sandleaze Rifle Club in Potterne.
For all the wannabe rock stars!
The Rookie Lifeguard Club offers an introduction to lifeguarding skills and follows the RLSS Rookie Lifeguard syllabus and awards.
Dauntsey's School Sailing Club (DSSC) sails and maintains the famous 24 metre Pilot Cutter Jolie Brise.
We sing a variety of repertoire, including music for services, large scale choral works and pop pieces.
Show Choir is open to all pupils in the First to Third Form. No previous singing experience is necessary and there are no auditions.
This 100-hour course offers an internationally recognised qualification which will help pupils gain employment as hosts in ski chalets, holiday villas or as yacht crew or junior chefs in a commercial kitchen.
Sixth Form Film Club has been running since January 2019 and has gone from strength to strength, welcoming new members at every session.
The Sports Scholars are supported and extended beyond their games sessions with an exercise programme designed to challenge and further enhance their physical literacy.
Squash coaching is available to all pupils and is provided by professional coaches four days a week by prior arrangement.
A large ensemble for string, wind, brass and percussion players usually at Grade 4 and above.
All pupils are welcome at this popular club.
The Tech Crew provides lighting, sound and AV support for most events such as studio plays, the Christmas production, house parties, concerts, lectures and the Summer Festival
Every term, private tennis coaching is available during lunch times, prep times and in the evenings.
An elected committee of house representatives of Upper Sixth students run the 17 Club and organise a variety of events throughout the academic year.
The Society aims to provide for the interests of all overseas pupils by organising trips and arranging events.
This is a pupil led group for Fourth Form through Sixth Form pupils who are contemplating a career in medicine.
The society is run by pupils and meets regularly through the term.
The Veg Patch is situated in the amazing walled garden at the Manor.
Dauntsey's VSU enables Sixth Form volunteers to help in the local community.
Everyone is welcome to come and learn how to play games of tabletop warfare, paint models and make scenery.
A club for experienced players who want to play competitively in the Warhammer Schools Alliance.
Our aim is to enjoy wildlife and the countryside by exploring the wildlife in school grounds and surrounding countryside.