Wraxall Bristol, BS48 1PF
Tel: 01275 852008
Autumn term: 6 September – 15 December 2017 Spring term: 9 January – 23 March 2018
Summer term: 23 April – 6 July
Day fees: Reception/Year 1: £3,510 per term
Year 2: £3,935 per term
Year 3: £4,305 per term
Years 4 to 8: £5,315 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 provides a broad all round education, genuinely inclusive of each child. The standard of all sports is exceptional (six internationals in six different sports in recent years) but there is a team for every child. There is enormous interest and activity in the Performing and Creative Arts: six choirs, 80% play an instrument, 140 attend Speech and Drama lessons, 9 productions a year, 160 attend dance lessons. There is also an extensive range of clubs, all Prep school children camp every year and regular trips are taken abroad.
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.
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 decade almost every child has passed the 13+ entry requirements into the school of their first choice, over 60% with scholarship.