Headmaster’s Welcome

Jim Massey Headmaster

At the heart of our philosophy lies the firm conviction that for children to thrive they must be happy and confident in their relationships.

There is an exceptional degree of collegiality and mutual support at Daneshill, both among the children and also between pupils and staff. There is a confident and respectful informality between staff and pupils, which allows for excellent discipline without fear.

Rather than the simple imparting of knowledge, the best schools are also focused on fostering strong values and key skills too. Themes such as team work, resilience, critical thinking, problem solving, creative processes and growth mind-set are prominent in both curricular and extra-curricular planning. We unashamedly celebrate excellence because it is inspiring. A key goal for us is to ensure that each pupil is able to experience the exhilaration of excellence in some field or pursuit, whether it be on the sports field, in the classroom or in showing particular kindness to others.

We believe in and support the right balance between family and school time. Children work hard at school, but we consciously avoid encroaching on time at home with excessive demands after school and at weekends.

With wonderful facilities and set in the rolling Hampshire countryside, Daneshill offers an inspiring, safe and fresh environment in which children can play, learn, grow and breathe. Do please come and visit us.

From September 2023, Jim Massey will be stepping down as headmaster, making way for Angus McDonald, who has been deputy head here since 2018.  His succession will not only ensure continuity of the school’s values but also energetic, thoughtful, and humane leadership: qualities so obvious to those who have met him.


Daneshill operates under the proprietorship and governance of Wellington Estates Limited, The Estate Office, Stratfield Saye, Hampshire, RG7 2BT.  01256 882 694.  info@wellingtonestates.co.uk