Dunottar School

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Dunottar School
High Trees Road

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Coordinates51°13′52″N 0°11′05″W / 51.2312°N 0.1846°W / 51.2312; -0.1846Coordinates: 51°13′52″N 0°11′05″W / 51.2312°N 0.1846°W / 51.2312; -0.1846
TypeIndependent day school
MottoDo ut Des
(I give that thou may'st give)
Established1926 (1926)
FounderJessie Elliot-Pyle
Local authoritySurrey
Department for Education URN125356 Tables
Chair of GovernorsRos Given-Wilson
HeadmasterMark Tottman MA Oxon, MBA
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentup to 460

Dunottar School is an independent school in Reigate, Surrey, England, established in 1926.


The school was established in 1926 by Jessie Elliot-Pyle in Brownlow Road with three pupils, and was named after Dunnottar Castle. She gave it the motto Do ut Des, which is translated as I give that thou may'st give. She chose for the school’s crest a pelican mother nurturing her young. In 1933, the school moved to the High Trees Estate in a mansion called "High Trees"[1] which had been built by Walter Blanford Waterlow, fourth mayor of Reigate, in 1867. In 1874, Waterlow remarried his younger brother's widow, Maria Waterlow (née Corss), mother of Sir Ernest Albert Waterlow.[2] Additions had been made to the mansion in about 1908.[3] In 1961, it changed from private ownership to being owned by a charitable trust.[4] In 1975, it joined the Association of Governing Bodies of Girls' Public Schools, which is now called the Girls' Schools Association.

In March 2014 the school became part of United Learning and announced that it would become co-educational from September 2014. United Learning has committed to run the school for a minimum of 10 years.[5][6]


The school premises is a grade II listed building,[3] and the grounds are adjacent to Redhill Common.[7] The nearest railway station is Earlswood.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "High Trees Road". Old Reigate - A Pictorial History. Paul Walters. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  2. ^ Moore, Alan; Sean Hawkins; Trevor Hobden (17 September 2010). "4th Mayor - Walter Blanford Waterlow JP, 1870 - 1872". Mayors of the Borough of Reigate (1863-1974) and its successor, the Borough of Reigate and Banstead (1974 to the present day). Alan Moore. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b "HER 10193 - Dunottar School (known as High Trees), High Trees Road, Reigate". Historic Environment Record. Exploring Surrey's Past. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Dunottar School Foundation Ltd". Company Profile. Mata Media. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  5. ^ Delight as takeover saves Reigate's Dunottar School from closure. http://www.unitedlearningcareers.org.uk/dunottar-school-saved-secure-and-now-welcoming-boys/
  6. ^ Surrey Mirror, March 1, 2014 http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/Delight-deal-struck-save-Reigate-s-Dunottar/story-20735252-detail/story.html
  7. ^ Mark, Brunt (17 March 2010). "Get up with the larks to hear early morning birdsong". Around the Borough - Environment Leisure. Merstham Councillors. Retrieved 10 May 2011.

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