Co-educational boarding and day in Devizes, Wiltshire

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, it offers some 860 pupils challenge and inspiration both inside and outside the classroom. Academic success is at the heart of the school, but the 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 are needed to have a successful, happy life. It is a school where everyone can be themselves, where friendship and kindness really matter and where pupils make the most of their talents and abilities.


Central to this ambition is Dauntsey’s 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.

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“...the school is highly successful in developing well-rounded, confident, skilled young people who are very well equipped for the next stage of their education.” ISI Inspection Report 2018

This approach ensures that pupils are equipped with the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in whatever the future holds for them. 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 consequences of a Dauntsey’s education.


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

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Head Mr. Mark Lascelles
School Type Senior co-education school
Junior Age Range 11 - 13
Senior Age Range 14 - 18
Academic GCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Total Students 865
Youngest Boarder 11
Int'l Students 66