Wraxall Bristol BS48 1PF
Tel: 01275 852008
Autumn term: 7 September – 16 December 2016
Spring term: 10 January – 24 March 2017
Summer term: 24 April – 7 July
Day fees: Reception/Year 1: £3,420 per term
Year 2: £3,840 per term
Year 3: £4,200 per term
Years 4 to 8: £5,185 per term
Religious denomination: C of E
The curriculum: The Downs is one of the few truly independent 13+ Prep Schools in the South West. The 13+ Common Entrance syllabus is central to the academic curriculum which includes the traditional subjects, two modern languages and the theory of music. In the Pre Prep School, Maths and English are the central focus, the young children beginning their learning through play.
Extra curricular activities: The school achieves outstanding standards in sport which is genuinely inclusive. There is exceptional achievement in performing arts, 6 choirs, 85% of children play a musical instrument, 60% attend speech and drama lessons. Numerous clubs including Formula 24 Greenpower Racing, fishing and den making are offered after school. Exciting annual prep school camps and reciprocal trips to France, Spain and Holland take place through the year.
Pastoral care: The essence of the school is to really know and understand each of the children – their wellbeing is central to our thoughts. The school is in demand but there is no ambition to increase in size as this would prove detrimental to this core value. Matrons, tutors, form teachers and pupils themselves play an integral role in the process of providing outstanding, considered pastoral care.
Name of principal: M A Gunn M.A.(Ed), P.G.C.E., B.A., I.A.P.S.
Outstanding characteristics: Our pupils are outstanding; they are highly motivated and experience considerable all round success. They nevertheless demonstrate humility and unaffected good manners; confidence in contrast to arrogance is applauded at The Downs. The stunning rural estate is unique in the area and essentially used to best effect. The entire community that is The Downs School is particularly close and happy in support of one another. Over the last ten years on average 50% of the Year 8 Leavers have won scholarships