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Dauntsey’s is a leading co-educational boarding and day school for 11-18 year olds.  Set in an estate of 150 acres of idyllic countryside, on the northern edge of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, we offer some 850 pupils challenge and inspiration both inside and outside the classroom.

Pupils are expected to look after each other and this culture of mutual respect leads to a real sense of belonging.  Happiness, self-esteem and confidence are the consequence of a Dauntsey’s education. We aim to be a school where everyone can be themselves, where friendship and kindness really matter and where pupils make the most of their talents and abilities.

Academic success is at the heart of all that we do, but our ethos is about much more than exam grades.  It’s about developing the skills and characteristics, such as resilience, flexibility and a willingness to have a go, which we all need to have a successful, happy life. 

Central to this ambition is our approach to adventure.  Adventure at Dauntsey’s is not simply an event but something that teaches invaluable life skills and changes attitudes and behaviour for the better.  This spirit of adventure reaches into the classroom where inspirational teaching stretches and nurtures each pupil’s learning.  The resilience, determination and willingness to push personal boundaries that many pupils discover through physical challenges are a key aspect of life in the classroom too.  Every member of the school – teachers as well as pupils – is encouraged to question and explore intellectually, approach topics from unexpected angles, unpick and rebuild ideas and attitudes.  We want our pupils to challenge ideas, do their own research and form their own opinions.  This approach ensures that we are equipping pupils with the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in whatever the future holds for them. 

The schools asks all pupils to “Give of your best, look after each other and never be afraid to try something new.”

“The school is highly successful in developing well-rounded, skilled, confident young people who are well-equipped for the next stage in their education.”  ISI Schools Inspectorate

“A big-hearted, unpretentious country school that manages to be traditional yet forward thinking at the same time – no mean feat.  Academic results are good, the extracurricular programme is exceptional and we can’t think of many teens who wouldn’t jump at the change to crew Jolie Brise.”  The Good Schools Guide

“The enthusiasm and general approachability of the staff, along with the promotion of community spirit with all its associated benefits and responsibilities, are what we value most about Dauntsey’s.  We also very much appreciate that pupils are taught respect and confidence, without self-importance.”  Dauntsey’s parent.

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Event type
South West & Wales
Year Established:
Mark Lascelles
Church of England
Boys & Girls
School Setting:
Age Range:
Fee Range (Termly):
Day Pupils: £7,600 Boarding Pupils: £12,580 International Pupils: £14,530
Exit exams:
13+ Common Entrance & Scholarship
A level


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Dauntsey’s, West Lavington, Wiltshire, SN10 4HE

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