Dunottar School is a happy, vibrant community where every child is encouraged to be the best they can be. Our admissions team is available to answer any questions you have about Dunottar and to guide you through the admissions process. Mr Mark Tottman, Headmaster, is always happy to meet with prospective parents to offer advice and to help you find out more about how your son or daughter would benefit from a Dunottar education.
Being a relatively small school means that we can genuinely spend time with every single pupil, get to know and understand them and deliver an educational programme which best suits their needs. We focus on ensuring that every pupil, regardless of ability, is able to achieve excellent “added value” in their academic work. All pupils are encouraged to aim high, to challenge themselves and not to fear making a mistake.
We pride ourselves on our warm and nurturing, family environment. Pupils have many opportunities to mix across their form groups and with other year groups which extends their sense of belonging. The school’s founder, Mrs Elliot-Pyle, chose the motto “Do ut Des” (I give that thou may’st give) and that sentiment remains just as relevant today. We believe that by nurturing and encouraging pupils, we allow them to develop the confidence to contribute and succeed in all that they do.
We believe that busy children achieve more. Our extensive co-curricular timetable offers pupils the opportunity to try something new, develop hobbies and of course, have fun! With a wide variety of clubs on offer covering sports, art, music, robotics, dissection, Duke Of Edinburgh, chess, bee-keeping and many, many more, there is always something for pupils to get involved in.
Learning at Dunottar is not just about the classroom. For pupils to achieve great outcomes, they need to be creative individuals, who can solve problems, be resilient and be armed with a strong set of values. By encouraging our pupils to develop the Warrior Learner behaviours of aspiration, creativity, curiosity, tenacity, independence, inclusivity and collaboration, we are equipping them with the skills they need to deal with the challenges they will face in life after school.
While every child’s particular abilities, circumstances and needs are different, you can read here some comments made by our pupils (past and present), their parents and visitors to the school about why they believe that Dunottar is somewhere special.