Dauntsey’s School

Dauntsey’s is a leading co-educational boarding and day school with a campus-style environment for 11- to 18-year-olds. Nestled in an idyllic 150 acre countryside estate on the northern tip of Salisbury Plain, the School offers around 790 pupils a challenging and inspiring learning setting both inside and outside the classroom.

The location of Dauntsey’s could not be better. Bath, Bristol, Salisbury and Swindon are not far away, while the centre of London is less than 100 miles away. Transport to and from Heathrow Airport as well as other local airports or train stations is arranged by the School.

All-round education
Maximum effort to achieve academic excellence lies at the heart of Dauntsey’s work. The School prefers to emphasise that education is more about developing skills and positive characteristics, such as flexibility, resilience and a willingness to try your best, rather than marks and grades on a piece of paper. Therefore, enrichment and extracurricular activities are central to Dauntsey’s principles. There are a huge range of clubs and societies, as well drama, dance, music and sport activities. Dauntsey’s also organises volunteering initiatives and adventure programmes so there really are opportunities to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

Entrance requirements
At all stages of entrance – 11, 13 or 16 years old – admission to Dauntsey’s is via examination and interview. It is essential for pupils whose first language is not English to demonstrate both strong spoken and written English.
* Admissions office Mrs Jo Sagers can be contacted for details on the admissions process.

The Dauntsey’s community
Community and teamwork are at the heart of Dauntsey’s operations. Friendship and a sense of community are encouraged by a wide-range of weekend activities and programmes on offer.

The School’s environment is clearly upbeat and one of joy, with a strong family atmosphere. The gracious informality between staff and pupils is highly-respected.

Both boarding and day communities are fully welcomed, cared for and integrated. Many boarders make friends with local day pupils. Boarding houses quickly become a home-from-home for international students.

Dauntsey’s is a very friendly and open school. The staff care about each and every one of us. It really is like being in a large family.’
Margaret Chung, Sixth Form boarder


Give of your best, look after each other and never be afraid to try something new.”  Mark Lascelles, Head Master


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