Whether being stimulated in the classroom, challenged on a hockey pitch or engaged in serious debate in Model UN, there is never a dull moment…

The school is set on a beautiful, 62-acre campus in the glorious depths of the North Dorset countryside. As such, all our pupils, both day and boarding, have space and nature and peace and beauty alongside all the more familiar facilities one would expect. They work very hard but they have the time (and energy!) for a lot of fun, too.

When you join Clayesmore, you will join one of our five houses. Each of these is run by a team of house staff, matrons and tutors, and has its own distinctive atmosphere. There are common rooms and kitchens to hang out in, and areas for work and play. For boarders, your House will be your home away from home. You will eat with friends from all the other houses in the main school dining room – where the food is fantastic.

Day pupils are full members of the houses. As a day pupil you are welcome to join in with House activities and events in the evenings and weekends, can be a prefect and even Head of House. We do not offer flexi-boarding but if you have to stay for a school event we can offer a bed if there is one available. Day pupils share every aspect of school life with the boarders and receive every bit as much of care and attention from House Staff. They are fully integrated into the house structure (we do not have separate day houses at Clayesmore) and are more than welcome to join in with House activities and events in the evenings and at weekends.

The school day begins at 8.15am and lasts until 5.15pm, Monday to Friday, with a full programme of lessons, sports and activities, and from 8.15am until 4.00pm on Saturdays.

In order to help day pupils get to school, Clayesmore operates a fleet of its own smart, liveried mini-buses, serving an extensive area including Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, and Salisbury as well as the many outlying villages and the nearby towns of Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury.