Our Ethos

Downsend is an established, academic preparatory school which is dynamic and contemporary. We provide each child with a broad education, through experiencing a vibrant school life that extends beyond the classroom, and provides outstanding academic development. We encourage our pupils to become well-rounded individuals in a modern society. Staff and children enjoy excellent relationships and pastoral care is of paramount importance.

Our Aim

Our aim is to ensure that Downsend offers our pupils a wealth of opportunities to develop their individual skills.

We achieve this by:

  • Providing a welcoming and stimulating environment;
  • Finding areas where each child can succeed and gain confidence;
  • Offering excellent all-round education for examination success;
  • Developing potential both inside and outside the classroom.

We have:

  • Happy and well-motivated children;
  • An impressive record of success at 13+ examinations;
  • First-rate facilities for Sport, Music & Drama;
  • Extensive ICT, Design and Food Technology provision;
  • A large range of extra-curricular activities and extended day care;
  • A dynamic holiday care programme outside normal term time, offering 50-week care to the children of working parents.