A learning environment ‘of their own’ – here the pupils in Year 8 have space to think, to work, to play. A well-deserved privilege.
At Downsend we see ourselves very much a 13+ school, and we place great value and focus on the development that pupils make during their final years with us. As they reach the top of the school Years 7 & 8 we expect our pupils to set the standards for the younger children, as Prefects, House Captains, peer mentors and buddies, and they do so gladly.
As such it is fitting that the older pupils have their own special base and two years ago Howard House, a beautiful Victorian period building and part of the original 125 year old school design, was completely refurbished and modernised, with state of the art furnishings and décor.
Here they have their own Common Room, Study centre and dedicated classrooms and the building has very much a ‘6th Form’ centre feel to it where pupils can relax and enjoy themselves at break-times, lunchtimes and during form periods.
Whether catching up on work using the networked ‘Thinkpads’, planning house event activities, having Year group or House assemblies or just catching up with friends and playing table football, the older pupils can always be found here enjoying some well-earned time out from their busy days.