Upper Senior School Teaching (ages 14-16)

Upper Senior School Teaching (ages 14-16)

By delivering a 3 year GCSE programme, leading directly from our Year 7 and 8 programme, we enable students to fully engage with the subject area at greater depth and to gain a broad understanding of the syllabus without rushing their learning. We also consider it important that pupils have the time to undertake enrichment or extra-curricular activities that enable that learning to come to life, and believe this leads to stronger educational outcomes.

Young people at Downsend will learn independence, problem-solving and confidence and how to apply them to a range of subject areas. We have a strong and dedicated team of GCSE specialists who have shaped their teaching to deliver the curriculum in imaginative, engaging and inspiring ways.

Mr Karl Newland – Head of the Senior School

Karl Newland


The full GCSE offer at Downsend comprises of:

6 Core Subjects

English |  English Language |  Maths | Biology | Chemistry | Physics.

4 Options

Geography, History, RS | French, Spanish, German | Art & Design, Drama, Music | Computing, PE, Further Maths.

Downsend Enrichment

Tailor-made STRETCH Programme | Sports | Creative Arts | Further GCSE options | PSHE.

01372 372197