Welcome to the Senior School
From September 2020 we are pleased to announce that we will be educating pupils through to Year 11 and offering GCSE’s.
At Downsend, we pride ourselves on offering a truly outstanding all-round education to all of our students. At the heart of a Downsend education is the academic foundation, set against a backdrop of ‘Inspiring Young Minds’. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff who set high expectations and inspire the pupils to get the very best out of themselves.
Alongside this academic rigour we also offer an ambitious programme of enrichment; when combined effectively, this prompts our pupils to achieve their personal bests in whichever field they choose. In addition, these activities also assist their development as rounded, confident, ambitious individuals ready for the challenges ahead at A-Level and beyond.
Many schools claim to get the best out of their pupils. At Downsend, our outstanding results suggest that we achieve just that. Because aside from our superb teaching, our attractive, spacious campus, our welcoming community and our wealth of extra-curricular provision, what really sets us apart is that we place a special emphasis on getting the very best out of every child.
Senior School students will complete a 3-Year GCSE programme, offering them every chance to study their chosen subjects at depth and develop a broad understanding of the syllabus. They will learn a range of skills and, crucially, how to apply them in a range of subject areas.
All pupils will study at least 9 subjects to GCSE level (of which 6 of these are compulsory):
The other 3 options come from an array of choices, from:
By the time they leave Downsend at 16, students will have developed an independent, problem-solving approach to their own learning and will be confident of developing these skills further at A-Level standard in the future.