Downside School

Founded in 1606, Downside School is a leading, forward-thinking school for girls and boys based just 25 minutes from the famous World Heritage City of Bath.

“Wonderfully caring and nurturing. Academics are superb and it punches well above its weight on the sports field. Would wholeheartedly recommend it!” Current Parent

The School is home to 360 pupils where boarding and day pupils share six Houses, four for boys and two for girls. The School is set in 500 acres of beautiful English countryside and has extensive facilities including an indoor pool, a Mac Suite for music, a Performing Arts Centre and a 24/7 Health and Wellbeing Centre. Pupils benefit from the boarding ethos of the School, whether they are full boarders, as the majority are, or day pupils, who are fully and positively integrated, with all that means in terms of friendships, independence and life skills.

Downside is a Catholic School, yet open and welcoming to non-Catholics who feel encouraged by our approach to education and the values we live by. We are uncompromising in our pursuit of academic excellence, and the vast majority of our Sixth Formers get a place at their first-choice university.
Our co-curricular programme is excellent and includes over 100 options including sailing, debating and Environmental Group. Weekends are busy and purposeful with pupils engaged in a wide variety of activities including socials, trips out, sporting fixtures and Sunday Mass.

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HeadMr Andrew Hobbs
School TypeCombined co-education school
Junior Age Range11 - 13
Senior Age Range13 - 18
AcademicGCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
VocationalSport BTEC (single) Enterprise & Entrepreneurship BTEC (single)
Jnr Boarding Fees£9,415.00 per term
Snr Boarding Fees£12,635.00 per term
Sixth Form£12,635.00 per term
Forces DiscountCEA plus bursary to cover the balance of fees (parents pay 10%)
Total Students360
Youngest Boarder11
Junior Boarders31
Senior Boarders232
Int'l Students80
Closest Airport 1Bristol (30km)
Closest Airport 2Heathrow (150km)
School AddressDownside School
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