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The school’s unique ‘warrior learning’ model is not just a slick marketing line, it seems, with teachers, parents, and pupils alike give practical examples of how it underpins a Dunottar education. From beatboxing Shakespeare and umpiring sports matches, to designing escape rooms and investigating gas warfare in WWI, the seven warrior behaviours (aspiration, inclusivity, tenacity, independence, collaboration, creativity, and curiosity) are constantly strived for and rewarded. Classrooms are spacious, corridors could do with a lick of paint in places. Outside facilities are a bit…

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The aim of Dunottar is to offer an outstanding education to boys and girls and, through excellent teaching and high levels of individual support, to enable pupils to achieve added value which is comparable with what is achieved in the top schools in the UK. Dunottar is a vibrant, co-educational secondary school which, as part of United Learning’s family of schools, shares the group’s core values of ambition, confidence, determination, creativity, respect and enthusiasm along with the objective of bringing out the “Best in Everyone”. Dunottar celebrates achievement in its broadest sense resulting in a community of happy, confident pupils who achieve their first choice ambition for their future education and employment.
The School was founded in 1926 and joined United Learning in 2014. It is situated in 15 acres of beautiful grounds and woodland on the outskirts of Reigate, convenient to mainline stations and bus routes. The main building is a handsome Palladian mansion and purpose-built wings include additional classrooms, art, design and photography suites, the main hall, Sixth Form Centre, a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool and large sports hall. Outdoor space includes a sports field, several courts and an outdoor classroom and arrangements with Old Reigatian RFC and Salfords CC extend the off-site sporting facilities. In 2021, a £4.5 state-of-the-art performing arts centre was opened, including a 500-seat theatre, drama studio, music classrooms and music practice rooms.
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Mr Mark Tottman

Since 2017, Mark Tottman. Read history at Oxford and has an MBA from Edinburgh Business School. Embarked on a high-flying corporate career including eight years as an international management consultant specialising in strategy and change management, before a moment of clarity led him to take ‘the world’s largest pay cut’ and re-train as a teacher.

Taught business and economics and was deputy head academic, boarding housemaster and head of rugby at Dean Close School, Cheltenham before United Learning identified him as the perfect candidate to lead Dunottar from the brink of closure. ‘It was a risk for me,’ he admits. Pupil numbers were low, staff morale was dwindling, buildings were rundown and financially it was on a cliff edge. He became the school’s first male headteacher and after...

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