Hemens is a Day House for approximately 80 boys from 14 -18 years of age. The House came into being in the late 1960s and is named after Arthur Hemens who was Chairman of the Governors from 1965 to 1982. The first Housemaster was Ted Hickford.
Hemens is located next to the Lower School Centre and provides the boys with a base during the School day. The House has common rooms and work areas for all pupils as well as leisure facilities such as TVs, Xboxes, Wi-Fi and music systems. The boys have a small kitchen to make snacks, toast and drinks.
The aim in the House is to encourage the boys to enjoy their school life, and to flourish and develop as responsible, confident young men. Hemens boys are asked to consider others in the community, to respect them for their strengths and to help them in their weaknesses. The boys are contributors and people who relish every challenge thrown at them, whether in the classroom or on the games field. Dauntsey’s offers a huge range of activities and the boys in the House are doers rather than spectators.
Everyone in the community should feel that they have something to offer and should not be afraid to give their all in whatever they do. Hemens is home to county sportsmen, academic scholars, grade eight musicians and fine actors and all boys strive for excellence in their own field.
Housemistress - Tory Wilks
After graduating from Exeter University with a degree in Modern Languages, Tory worked in London for a German brokerage company. In a subsequent change of direction, she returned to Exeter to complete a PGCE. She taught at Northallerton Grammar School, then on Cross Lake Native Reserve in Northern Manitoba and at Kingdown School, Warminster before joining the staff at Dauntsey’s in 2006.
Head of German since 2007, she has also run the Prefect Training Programme and is the Edexcel/Pearson reviewer for IGCSE German. She was an Upper School tutor in Lambert and Evans for six years before joining the Hemens team in 2013.