Warmth, laughter and lasting friendships built on trust and mutual respect are the hallmarks of daily life at Dauntsey’s.
Our 300 boarders are at the heart of our school community and are joined each morning by over 500 day pupils. The house system gives pupils a secure source of support and guidance in every aspect of life, as well as the chance to get together and have fun.
Every pupil joins either a boarding or day house, these are co-educational in the Lower School (ages 11-13) and single sex in the Upper School (ages 14-18). Each house is run by a Housemaster or Housemistress and a team of tutors who take a close and active interest in pupils’ academic and social development, as well as encouraging them to make the most of the activities on offer. Above all, they really do make sure that the house is a home from home.
A student team in each house organises a range of activities and events throughout the year. There’s always something going on, from outdoor movie nights, themed parties, high teas and bake-offs, to trips to the theatre and the bowling alley, beach games, and more.
Staffed with qualified nurses, our superb medical centre provides 24-hour medical care to all pupils, supplemented by regular doctors’ surgeries and a visiting physiotherapist. Experienced counsellors work alongside house and medical staff and our full-time chaplain to provide all-round support and care. Our pupil-led Listening Service offers peer support through trained volunteers who are available every day to offer a sympathetic ear.
With 169 new pupils from more than 100 different schools joining the School this academic year, our community is both diverse and inclusive. It is easy to find friends with shared interests, and the fact that more than half of the pupils have a sibling here contributes to the family atmosphere.
I’ve always felt I can rely on my tutor and house-staff for support in academic and non-academic ways throughout my time here. I have also felt able to ask other members of staff who are not involved in my House for help too.