Meet Our Pupils

We are enormously proud of our pupils. They are good fun to be with – irreverent at times and respectful at others. Their happiness and fulfilment is our ultimate priority as, in our experience, if our pupils are happy then success will follow.Dauntsey's School - meet a selection of our pupils

Lower School Day Pupils

Jake

Jake is a day boy in the First Form at Dauntsey’s

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I came to Dauntsey’s because I was so impressed by the sports facilities when we visited on Open Day. Also, the teachers are all very nice and the prep is very well balanced so it’s not too overwhelming.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subject is games/PE because I love sport and being active a lot of the time.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I play rugby and football because they are really physical and I like physical sports.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
My superpower would be to be superspeedy so that I could catch up if I was late and in rugby I could score lots of tries!

Annabel

Annabel is a day girl in the Third Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
When I visited Dauntsey’s I was blown away by the strong sense of community and the culture of hard work. I also thought the pupils were all very welcoming and friendly.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subject is biology because I really like learning about our bodies and the animals on our planet. I’m also very interested in the biodiversity spread across our planet.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
For sport I do hockey – I love being in a team and playing matches. I also love dance – Dauntsey’s offers really amazing opportunities for dance.

What is your favourite film and why?
My favourite film is 'Forest Gump'. I think it is one of the most moving and inspirational films I have seen. It touches on every aspect of life and the question of what is right and wrong. It makes you think that everyone has a destiny and that everything happens for a reason. It’s a very entertaining film but it also makes you think.

Alex

Alex is a day girl in the First Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
When we came to visit the School I was really impressed by the science, maths and design technology departments. I am very keen on sport too so I was excited to see all the great sports facilities.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subjects are sport, because I love taking part in all the matches, and maths, because we have learnt a lot of new things and it has been really good fun.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
Most of my clubs are sport. I do hockey, climbing, netball, rookie life-guarding, tennis, PE and cricket. All the clubs are soooooo much fun!

What is your favourite place on earth and why?
Cornwall, on the beach because I love to be by the sea.

What is your favourite book and why?
'Girl on a Plane’ by Miriam Moss – I love true stories.

What is your favourite film and why?
The Harry Potter films are fantastic.

Who do you admire most in public life and why?
Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai as they are great role models and are working to make the world a better place.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like to fly.

Bella

Bella is a day girl in the First Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I really liked the friendly atmosphere and felt that I knew the School before I started. A lot of my friends have joined and we are all really enjoying it. The drama and sporting opportunities are amazing.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
I really like French. I want to be able to speak it fluently when I am older and I really enjoy the lessons. I also love dance because there are so many different types and styles you can do.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I enjoy hockey because I like improving my skills and I also love long distance running.

What is your favourite place on earth and why?
My favourite place to visit is France – I love it.

What is your favourite film and why?
I really enjoyed ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘Paddington 2’.

Who do you admire most in public life and why?
Steve Backshall.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
My superpower would be to be able to become invisible.

Ted

Ted is a day boy in the Second Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I wanted to go to Dauntsey’s because I had heard how good the music is and also it has a really good academic reputation.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subject is music – I find it fun and exciting.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
For sport I do hockey – I really like all the running you have to do on the pitch. I enjoy athletics too – particularly all the throwing sports like javelin.

What is your favourite place on earth and why?
Barbados – because it’s quiet and not densely populated. There are lots of open spaces and amazing beaches.

What is your favourite book and why?
The Percy Jackson series of books by Rick Riordan because I love stories about the Greek gods.

What is your favourite film and why?
The Percy Jackson films.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like to be able to breathe under water.

Mollie

Mollie is a day girl in the First Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
When we came to visit Dauntsey’s I was really impressed by all the sports facilities – there are so many things you can try. The teachers also seemed really nice and friendly.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subject is sport – the teachers want you to do well so they give you a lot of support and encouragement. They make the lessons a lot of fun - we always play games which help us improve at the sport we are learning. As well as sport in lesson time, there are masses of sports clubs to join. At the moment I am doing hockey, netball, cricket and rookie life-guarding.

What is your favourite place on earth and why?
I don’t know my favourite place on earth yet but I loved Greece when we went there on holiday because of the blue sea and the sunny weather which was very different to England. I am looking forward to travelling the world when I am older.

What is your favourite book and why?
I am enjoying a book I am reading at the moment called ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio so maybe that will become my favourite.

What is your favourite film and why?
I loved ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ – I found it exciting and I love war movies.

Who do you admire most in public life and why?
I admire Theresa May for standing up for what she believes in.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
My superpower would be to be able to become invisible because I would love to know what is happening even when I’m not supposed to.

Upper School Day Pupils

Jessica

Jessica is a day pupil in the Upper Sixth, King Reynolds House.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I joined Dauntsey's because my brother came here two years before me. He really enjoyed Dauntsey's and found all the people very friendly and kind, so my parents knew that I would like the School too.

What is your favourite subject at School and why?
I really like chemistry and study it as one of my A levels. The practicals in class are great and the equipment that we get to work with is amazing. The teachers in the Chemistry Department, like other departments, are really eager to help and have clinics and revision sessions. They also let me help out with some of the younger students, which deepens both my learning and theirs, which is really cool.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I do lots of clubs and really like them all. I love the choir, especially Dauntsey's Female Voices, because, although we have competed nationally and want to be the best we can, there is a relaxed, casual atmosphere, which has meant I have become really good friends with the other girls and we like spending time together.

Senior choir is also great, because there is a huge age range, which means I get to interact with some of the Lower School pupils who I may not see otherwise. Helping them to sing and enjoy singing is awesome.

What is your favourite book?
My favourite book is ‘The Lie Tree’ by Francis Hardinge. I really like this book as it not only makes reference to what I want to study at university, natural sciences, but I really empathise with the characters as they all have a thirst for knowledge and work really hard to find scientific truth. Obviously, the author works in some thrilling and tension-filled moments that are really exciting for the reader, but the fundamental meaning of the book and the depth of the message is what makes it my absolute favourite.

Thanks to the Reading Ambassadors Group at School, I actually got to meet Francis Hardinge and ask her questions about her books and how she creates these amazing story lines. It was really cool, because she was so nice and the whole situation was quite informal, so I got to enjoy talking to her person-to-person.

Rebecca

Rebecca is a day girl in the Upper Sixth, King Reynolds House.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I visited a number of schools (both state and private) in my final year of primary school. When I came to Dauntsey’s I fell in love with it from the first journey up the main driveway. I loved the School, the grounds, the great teachers I met, and every pupil was so happy and enjoying their Dauntsey’s life. I couldn’t wait to join.

It has been every single bit as good in reality.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
That’s a really hard one….. I love all my subjects for A level. I really enjoy Mathematics for the numbers and the great teachers, learning a foreign language with the amazing Spanish department, and English Language for all the fun we have understanding what makes our native tongue so complex.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I am in the choir; do swimming and Mandarin and lifeguarding for the School pool. I am also a member of the Christian Union.

The great bit about Dauntsey’s clubs and sports is that you can pretty much do anything you want to do!

What is your favourite place on earth?
Fuerteventura … for sun, sea, great friends and a fabulous time every time I go.

What is your favourite film?
My guilty pleasure would be ‘High School Musical’ and my grown-up answer would be ‘The Other Woman’.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
A photographic memory – that would be very helpful for the final six months of my A levels!

Charlie

Charlie is a day boy in the Upper Sixth, Hemens House.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
Dauntsey’s was near to where my family lives and it provided unique opportunities to its pupils in a friendly environment. I found it incredibly reassuring how friendly and welcoming every pupil and member of staff were when I visited for the first time.

What is your favourite subject at School and why?
Drama – I enjoy the creativity of the subject and the more active process of learning.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
Swimming – it’s the only sport I can do! I spend most of my spare time lifeguarding and doing drama. I think it’s great that Dauntsey’s offers lifeguarding to its pupils, giving them an opportunity to see what it’s like in a working environment and to earn some money.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
My superpower would definitely be to be able to fly. I fly at the moment, obviously not under my own power, but surely that’s the next step?

Lower School Boarding Pupils

Ryan

Ryan is a boarder in the Third Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I was impressed by the facilities which are modern and new and the School has good results.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
I love maths and find it quite easy to learn.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I love basketball which I have now played for eight years. I have recently started rugby and am really enjoying that too.

What do you enjoy most about boarding at Dauntsey’s? What is your favourite memory of boarding here?
My favourite part is being with my friends and building those relationships over time. My best memories of boarding are the first few days of September when we come back after the holidays.

What is your favourite place on earth and why?
Hong Kong – it’s home for me.

What is your favourite book?
‘Paper Towns’ by John Green – and I love the film of it too. I feel just like the characters in the book.

Who do you admire most in public life?
I love basketball and often watch the America NBA. I really admire Kobe Bryant who is an ex professional basketball player and businessman – he’s a legend.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
I wish I could read people’s minds so that I could do more for them and understand more about them.

Jago

Jago is a boarder in the Third Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I knew the School pretty well before I came because my sister and brother went here before me. I love the sports facilities and the pupils further up the School are really nice to the younger ones.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
I love design technology. I really enjoy making things and using all the equipment.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I play football and hockey. I really enjoy playing with my friends and getting better at each sport as I practise.

What do you enjoy most about boarding at Dauntsey’s? What is your favourite memory of boarding here?
My favourite part is being with my friends – my best memories of boarding is the fun I have had spending time with my friends.

Who do you admire most in public life?
I really admire people in the armed forces. I look up to them because they protect us from a lot of things. It’s a hard job to do and they spend a lot of time away from their families.

Grace

Grace is a boarder in the Third Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
My parents and I really loved the very welcoming and homely atmosphere both at The Manor (the Lower School boarding house) and at the main School.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
I enjoy art because it gives you so much freedom and there is a lot you can do with it. I also like English, especially with Mrs Hunter as she brings a lot of art into the lessons – the two subjects are closely related.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
During games I do hockey. I’m not the best at it but I do find it fun. I also do ballet – I find it quite relaxing but it also uses a lot of energy.

What do you enjoy most about boarding at Dauntsey’s? What is your favourite memory of boarding here?
My favourite part is that everyone is really close – almost like one big happy family – and you live with your friends. I don’t have one specific favourite memory but the Rockley trip in the first and second forms was really fun and I have lots of good memories created by spending time with my friends over the years.

What is your favourite film?
‘Mamma Mia’ is definitely one of my favourites. I love all the singing and I think it’s an enjoyable and heartwarming film.

James

James is a boarder in the Third Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I moved from a nearby state primary school. When we came to visit Dauntsey’s seemed like a really friendly place and I was very keen to come here. Also, my sister went to Dauntsey’s and really enjoyed it.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
My favourite subject is Design Technology. It’s great fun and you make things that are really useful!

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
Since joining Dauntsey’s, I have taken up shooting. We do it twice a week and I love it.

Who do you most admire in public life?
I most admire the American businessman Elon Musk. He is revolutionising the world with SpaceX and Tesla. I would love to be like him when I am older!

Alvita

Alvita is a boarder in the Third Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I decided to come here because the pupils and staff were all very friendly and welcoming and the facilities were brilliant.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
I love English because I like to read books and find details in them and French because it sounds nice and I understand it well.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I really enjoy all the active things you can get involved in here. At the moment I do hockey, tennis, netball, dance (street and ballet), cricket and running.

What do you enjoy most about boarding at Dauntsey’s? What is your favourite memory of boarding here?
I like all the people I live with and the atmosphere here which is very friendly and welcoming. A great memory was helping to decorate the Christmas tree last year and I also enjoy just sitting with my friends and chatting.

What is your favourite book?
I love reading and my favourite book would be ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ from the series by Sarah J Maas. They are very romantic and action-packed.

Who do you most admire in public life?
Martin Luther King – for standing up for what he believed in.

Annabelle

Annabelle is a boarder in the Third Form at Dauntsey’s.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I was impressed by the wide range of opportunities and activities available at the School.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
I enjoy languages and do Spanish and French. It’s so much fun to learn how to speak another language and also to learn about different cultures.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I do swimming, tennis, hockey and also have flute lessons. Sport is a really fun way to spend time and I have always loved playing the flute.

What do you enjoy most about boarding at Dauntsey’s? What is your favourite memory of boarding here?
One of my best memories is when, in the second form, all the girls in our tutor group went to our tutor’s house to watch a movie all together and eat pizza and ice cream. It was such a fun evening.

What is your favourite book?
I love ‘The Northern Lights’ trilogy by Philip Pullman. They are a great read.

Upper School Boarding Pupils

Kofi

Kofi is a boarder in the Upper Sixth, Fitzmaurice House.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
We visited the School on the recommendation of a family friend. My parents liked the Head Master and I felt it was welcoming and kind.

What is your favourite subject at school and why?
Biology: I find the human side of the course immensely interesting and I have wonderful teachers. (Not that I don’t for my other subjects.)

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I am a member of the Medical Focus Group. It’s really interesting given that I plan to pursue a career in medicine!

In the Lower Sixth I did the Devizes to Westminster canoe race. Although I can’t confess to have loved the process, it was certainly one of the best things I’ve done in my life, my biggest achievement.

What do you like most about boarding at Dauntsey’s? What is your best memory from boarding here?
Whilst I’ll not try to invoke the cliché "It’s like a permanent sleepover with your friends", my favourite thing about boarding is undoubtedly the enduring friendship with your fellow boarders and the countless number of laughs and jokes that are shared within the boarding houses each day.

I believe the friendly and inclusive nature of Dauntsey’s works to enhance this sense of fraternity and truly amplifies the enjoyment of both individual boarders and the boarding community as a whole.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Well, had you asked me a year or so ago, I’m sure I would have said something cool like flying or The Force, but right now I think I’d have to settle for the power to rewrite the OCR A-Level Maths syllabus or perhaps the power to make my University offers unconditional?

Patrick

Patrick is a boarder in the Upper Sixth, Mercers House.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
When we visited, I really liked the School environment and sense of community. I also really liked the fact that everyone was friendly towards me - that really helped me to get started here.

What is your favourite subject at School and why?
It would have to be drama. It was a completely new thing for me to study and my teacher made it a lot of fun for me.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I really enjoy rugby and tennis. I love playing competitive sport and have made some good friends through taking part in clubs.

What do you like most about boarding at Dauntsey’s? What is your favourite memory from boarding here?
The boarding community is great and it offers a lot of activities and free time for you to enjoy life and explore different things.

My favourite memory must be meeting all my friends for the first time on my first day in Mercers House.

What is your favourite place on earth and why?
My favourite place on earth is Shenzhen in China. It’s where I come from and it’s my home.

What is your favourite film and why?
I would have to choose ‘Inception’.

Annabel

Annabel is a boarder in the Upper Sixth, Evans House.

What did you like about Dauntsey’s when you first visited?
I came to Dauntsey’s because I liked the wide variety of both curricular and extra-curricular activities the School offers. I also fell in love with the main School’s huge red brick building, and the masses of outdoor space that living on the edge of Salisbury Plane provides.

What is your favourite subject at School and why?
I love drama at Dauntsey’s. No two days are the same and the amount of effort the staff and pupils put into each production, large or small, creates the most stunning, talent-filled performances.

What clubs or sports do you do? What do you enjoy about them?
I am involved in the back stage technical team for drama performances. I really enjoy learning how to use the equipment, the people are great and it’s a lot of fun.

What do you like most about boarding at Dauntsey’s? What is your favourite memory from boarding here?
I like boarding because there are always teachers around to help you with work or any other problems you may have. It’s also fun to hang out with friends in the evenings.

My favourite memories are the First and Second Form Manor trips to Cornwall, staying in caravans, surfing, coasteering and campfires with my closest friends – they are all wonderful experiences to look back on.

What is your favourite place on earth and why?
It’s not one specific place, but I love to be in a position where my adrenaline starts to flow. My favourite place would be in some deep powder skiing. When I’m skiing I feel a sense of freedom that’s hard to get anywhere else in our modern, hectic lives. I feel strong, invincible and happy.

Dauntsey’s has really given me a love for adventure. When I leave here I will start my gap year and am heading off to Sri Lanka before travelling up through India. I feel excited about the trip and well prepared thanks to the life skills Dauntsey’s has given me.

Here at Dauntsey’s there is time and space to try new things, make new friends and challenge yourself. I have certainly done things I never thought I could do.

margaret, sixth form pupil