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The Manor

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.

Manor Pupil


Housemistress - Anne Sampson

Anne joined Dauntsey’s in 2013 and became Housemistress at The Manor in 2017.  Anne is also a member of the English Department and coaches pupils in hockey and netball. Prior to joining Dauntsey’s, Anne worked as a teaching assistant at various primary schools having previously worked as an Air Traffic Control Officer in the RAF.

Alongside Housemistress Anne, the pupils are looked after by a dedicated team of resident tutors and house staff.  Mrs Emma Jolly, is Assistant Housemistress with responsibility for the First Form and Mr Jack Mynott, is Assistant Housemaster with responsibility for the Second Form.

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. 

History of The Manor

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.

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral care at Dauntsey’s is about striking a balance between care and personal development. 

Our Food

Our primary focus is ensuring that there is an abundance of choice for all pupils, catering for different likes and dislikes, dietary requirements and appetite sizes.

Clubs and Activities

The most successful Dauntseians are those who work hard, play hard and are willing to give it a go.