Outside the Classroom

Whether you are a boarder or a day pupil, our Sixth formers enjoy a thriving social life, and there are a large number of events and activities to ensure there is never a dull moment. All Sixth Form pupils are expected to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the School and are encouraged to participate in some of the many activities on offer.

Music at Dauntsey’s encompasses almost every conceivable musical style, ranging from rock to classical, medieval to modern, folk songs to music technology. Events take place most weeks, such as musicals, solo concertos, choral spectaculars and the highly competitive Rockfest.

Drama is one of our most exciting areas and there are plenty of opportunities to be involved either on stage or behind the scenes.

Clubs and societies: we pride ourselves on the huge range of clubs and societies that exist to provide enrichment and breadth to the academic curriculum. All clubs are run by enthusiastic members of staff and many of these clubs have been started at the direct request of pupils.

The Head Master’s Essay Society is organised by Mr Nigel Yates. A selected group of Upper Sixth pupils are each asked to give a presentation to their peers on a subject of their choosing, providing a forum for the School’s most senior pupils to thrive intellectually.

The Mercers’ Lectures: a visiting lecturer holds workshops with the Sixth Form in the afternoon, followed by a lecture to the wider school community in the evening. Past eminent speakers include Jeremy Bowen, Mariella Frostrup, Steve Backshall and Heather Stanning. See our forthcoming events page for more details.

Every Sixth Former is expected to attend at least two of the lectures, although it is hoped that you will make the most of this excellent opportunity and attend many more.

Dauntsey's School Mercers Lectures

Do not be shy to ask people for help around School when you’re new. Everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming, and get involved with as much as you can.

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A short film showing the preparations for our 2016 production of the musical Billy Elliot.

Social Life

The 17 Club

The Sixth Form social 'epicentre', the 17 Club, is based in the heart of the School and is open at various times in the School day and at weekends. The Club sells sweets and drinks, and in the evenings it also serves alcohol under adult supervision. At the moment, boarders in the Sixth Form are entitled to two free alcoholic drinks for each week of the term. Annual highlights are the Halloween Party and the Valentine's Ball. If you wish to join the 17 Club you must apply for, and be granted, membership - the application process involves parental agreement.

Sixth Form Activity Day

This is held at the beginning of term and offers a great opportunity to get to know fellow pupils in a relaxed and fun environment. There are competitions, games and ice-breakers: the embarrassment potential is equally high for all participants and it is therefore a great way to break down the barriers and challenge inhibitions! Last year over 100 Sixth Formers took part, and it was a resounding success.

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