The Manor is home to all of our Lower School boarders (First Form - Third Form). The house is set in 65 acres of grounds and ancient woodlands and is just a short walk from the main school.
Lower School Boarding for Boys and Girls
First Form – Third Form inclusive
The Manor is home to approximately 80 Lower School boarders (aged 11-14). Positioned just a short walk away from the main school campus means pupils are able to enjoy the sense of coming home after school and there is never a shortage of activities waiting for them on their return.
Set in 65 acres of grounds and ancient woodland, which the school has owned since the 1920s, the Manor provides the perfect ‘playground’ for any pupil, with flood-lit tennis courts, fields for football and cricket, and woods for exploring. In addition to this there is a large array of indoor leisure facilities. Activities are laid on for pupils every weekend, as well as a number of larger outings in the year, such as trips to the pantomime and a summer activity weekend away.
A dedicated team of house staff and their families all live on-site, ensuring a safe and structured environment for Dauntsey's youngest boarders, who enjoy living in a caring and friendly home from home atmosphere.
In keeping with the Lower School day houses, The Manor is a co-educational house, with boys and girls studying, socialising and eating together. The boys' and girls' accommodation is on separate floors, with house staff accommodation on each floor.
Film and popcorn night is my favourite! Along with the woods. And the games. And the trips.
Housemaster - Greg James
Greg James joined Dauntsey’s in 2019, working within the Learning Support department, following 13 years spent as a SENCO both in the Channel Islands and Salisbury. The following year he also joined the French department, having started his career teaching French and Spanish. He is currently the Mental Health & Wellbeing Coordinator and is heavily involved in Lower School sport. Greg lives in The Manor with his wife Müge and their children Dylan and Nesrin. Mr James enjoys country walks with his family and is a keen runner and swimmer.
The pupils are looked after by the Housemaster Greg, along with Mr David Jolly, Mrs Emma Jolly, Mr Ben Sandell and Mrs Gemma Sandell, all of whom live in the building. They are supported by three other full-time resident tutors, Gerry, the Housekeeper, and a small army of other excellent support staff.
The house was originally built in the 1860s for Edward Pleydell-Bouverie, who was MP for Kilmarnock in Scotland for 30 years and held various posts in the Liberal administration of Lord Palmerston. The house motto ‘Patria Cara Carior Libertas’ (your country is dear; but freedom is dearer) is taken from the Pleydell-Bouverie family motto.