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Dauntsey's School
Address: Dauntsey’s, West Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 4HE
Founded: 1542, under the will of Alderman William Dauntsey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers
Number of Pupils: 830 (316 boarding, 514 day)
Fees: Boarding £11,200, Day £6,765, International Boarding, £12, 525
Ages:  11-18
Head Teacher: Mark Lascelles
Religious Affiliation: Christian
Entrance Procedure: Admission is at 11 (both day and boarding places are available), 13 (mostly boarding places only available) and 16 (both day and boarding places available) and is by examination, school report and interview or, for Sixth Form, by I/GCSE grade predictions or equivalent and interview.
Contact: Mrs Jo Sagers, Registrar
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: By arrangement with the registrar. Open days held in May and October. Small group tours also available on some Saturday mornings.

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Manor Film – Feb 2022 from Dauntsey’s School on Vimeo.

The Curriculum

The academic life of the school is vibrant, challenging and progressive, and the broad, balanced, curriculum offers opportunities for all pupils to enjoy their lessons in a stimulating, dynamic environment.


Dauntsey’s is serious about adventure education with an extensive programme for all pupils. The Sailing Club centres around Jolie Brise, our tall ship which is sailed and maintained by the pupils. There are excellent facilities for all the sports you would expect and some you would not. Outstanding performing arts with several major productions each year and almost half of pupils play a musical instrument

Pastoral Care

Our school community is lively, creative and caring; it is a happy place with a strong family atmosphere, where friendship matters and where the courteous informality between staff and pupils is highly valued. Our pastoral framework is simple – it is one of warmth, care and discipline, where individual needs are addressed.

University Places

Almost all follow a degree, strong entry to Russell Group.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

‘I believe if we get the environment of the school right, where courtesy, consideration for others and kindness are valued above all else, then every single one of our pupils will grow up to be confident without being arrogant, in a tolerant and harmonious atmosphere where they are happy, stimulated and inspired to succeed.’

Outstanding Characteristics

  • Pupils are encouraged to develop a spirit of adventure
  • A broad and balanced curriculum is supported by extensive extra-curricular activities
  • Wonderful opportunities are offered in performing arts
  • Caring and supportive community where lifelong friendships are made
  • Talented and committed staff
  • A stunning campus set in 150 acres of Wiltshire countryside

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