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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 our pupils to achieve added value 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 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 and design suites, the recently opened £4.5m Performing Arts Centre, the main hall, state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre, a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool and large sports hall with 4 lane cricket net system . Outdoor space includes a sports field, several netball courts, an outdoor classroom/theatre and arrangements with Old Reigatian RFC and Salfords CC extend the off-site sporting facilities.
Religion: The School holds the Christian ethos paramount and welcomes children from any denomination or none.
Curriculum: The school offers a broad education and preserves a balance between arts and science subjects. Early specialisation is avoided, though some subject options become necessary from the beginning of the GCSE year. Subjects include English Language and Literature, Mathematics, French, Spanish, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Biology, Physics and Chemistry, Business and Economics, Design and Technology, Computer Science, Physical Education, Drama, Food and Nutrition, Music and Art and Design. Dunottar has strong sporting and music traditions. Teaching is given in a wide range of musical instruments and pupils are encouraged to join the orchestras, music groups and choirs. A busy fixtures list offers many opportunities for competitive sport and ‘sport for all’ is encouraged within school and through the co-curricular programme. Rugby, football, athletics, netball, lacrosse, swimming and cricket are amongst the sports on offer. Co-curricular clubs are designed to broaden horizons and encourage new skills, hobbies and interests and range from current affairs debating to science-based groups such as ‘dissection club’ and sports including badminton and swimming. Students also participate in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
Careers: Dunottar offers an interesting and varied careers programme for pupils, from online careers research tools through to careers networking lunches and suppers. The school welcomes a range of speakers from a diverse range of fields to offer our pupils an insight into application processes, daily life of employees and the skills employers are looking for.
Examinations taken: GCSE and A Levels, Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Imperial School of Dancing, Royal Society of Arts.
Admissions: The admissions process at Dunottar is designed to identify those pupils who will thrive at the school. The admissions process is as friendly and relaxed as possible. The main intake is in Year 7 and Year 12. We are happy to consider pupils joining into other year groups where spaces are available. Prospective pupils can be registered at any time prior to the registration deadline. For Year 7 entry pupils should be registered before 30th September of the year prior to entry and assessments take place in the Autumn term. Applications for entry to Year 12 are usually required by 31st December in the year of entry.
For Year 7 entrants, there is no application process for an Academic Scholarship. These are awarded to those pupils who reach the highest standard in the entrance assessments and show the greatest potential for growth.
Year 12 Academic Scholarship candidates will need to write one essay (chosen from a selection of titles provided by the school) and then discuss their essay with the Headmaster. Candidates will also sit a test paper in a subject selected by the candidate (November of Year 11). Some scholarships are also available in Year 7 and Year 12 for those who show exceptional promise and talent in Music, Art, Performing Arts and Sport. Further particulars may be obtained from the Admissions Department.
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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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