Dunottar School News

Dunottar Welcomes Ian Bell at the Cricketer Club Bat Testing Day

6th April 21

On Monday 22nd March, we were delighted to welcome five-time ashes winner Ian Bell to the school, along with the team from the Cricketer magazine, for their annual Club Guide Bat Testing Day. Pupils spent the morning testing out over 50 new cricket bats for the magazine, following which the Editorial Team from the Cricketer…

Dunottar Hailed “A Secret Surrey Star” by Tatler

1st April 21

We are delighted to announce that Dunottar has been given a glowing review in the Tatler School Guide 2021, describing the school as “a secret Surrey star” and praising the pastoral care. Each year, Tatler’s team of researchers gathers information on the UK’s finest independent schools, to produce a shortlist which will feature in their…

Dunottar School Inspires Community Primary Schools to Entice the Bees and Bugs!

31st March 21

This winter, our Beekeeping Club, invited Year 5 pupils from local community schools to take part in a design a bee / bug sanctuary competition. Pupils were asked to research sanctuaries to learn what makes the best bug house to inform their own unique bee house design. ‘We were really impressed with the quality of…

Keeping our pupils, staff and parents inspired with a team of professional athletes

29th March 21

This spring our Sports Department joined forces with its network of professional sports people, to host a series of virtual ‘Meet the Pro / Q&A’ events open to pupils, parents and teaching staff. Designed to inform and inspire, these events provided unique insight into the lives of some highly accomplished sportsmen and women, including the…

Funny Faces inspired by an iconic Italian artist

8th March 21

This January we launched our annual ‘Funny Faces’ art competition, inviting Year 5 pupils from local primary schools to submit their own ‘Funny Face’, inspired by the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Pupils were encouraged to be as creative as possible, utilising different kinds of objects, in homage to the Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and…

Simon Manning, Director of Sport, Championing Sport for all During Lockdown 

3rd February 21

Dunottar’s Director of Sport, Simon Manning, is working closely with the Surrey Schools Athletics Association (SSAA) in his role as Race Organiser to launch the very first ‘virtual’ Secondary Schools’ Cross-Country Championships, due to take place over one week, from Sunday 7th to Monday 15th February 2021. In the current lockdown situation, and with the absence of school and district…

Year 5 Pupils Bake up a Gingerbread Man Themed Treat!

1st February 21

Over the Christmas holidays, we invited Year 5 pupils in the local community to bake a show-stopping creation for a gingerbread man themed competition. Inspired by The Gingerbread Man poem, pupils were asked to listen to the poem, read by the Head of Food & Nutrition, Annette French, and to incorporate the story into their designs….

Dunottar School Hosts Virtual Carol Service

13th January 21

On Tuesday 15th December, we hosted our first virtual Carol Concert, which went live on Youtube at 7pm. As the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is part of our school’s yearly tradition, we did not want the effects of the pandemic to stop us from coming up with a creative and safe way to…

Dunottar School is ‘not out’ of the Top 100 Senior Schools in the UK for cricket!

26th November 20

We’re delighted to announce Dunottar will, once again, feature in The Cricketer Schools Guide top 100 senior schools, for our County standard cricket facilities, coaching, fixtures and compelling commitment to this inclusive sport. Despite the ongoing pandemic there were a record number of entries this year, judged against an extensive criteria, with those making the…

Head of Year 10, Darron Kokott, smashes fund-raising target for cricketer Andy Patterson

23rd November 20

Darron Kokott, Head of Year 10, has helped raise over £53,000 for Andrew (Andy) Patterson, ex-Ireland international and father of three, who, in March 2013, was diagnosed with Spastic Paraplegia (a rare hereditary disorder which results in wheelchair confinement). Darron’s original ambition was to help Andy raise £1-£2,000 to install a lift into his house. …

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