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Downside School

Stratton-on-the-Fosse, nr Bath, Somerset, BA3 4RJ. Tel: 01761 235103, email:, web: Twitter: @downsideschool Instagram: downside_school Facebook: @DownsideSchool

Name of principal: Mr Andrew Hobbs

Age of pupils: 11 – 18

Number of pupils: 370, Sixth Formers 122

Number of boarders: 76%

Fee structure: (Day) £5,827 – £6,908 per term (Boarding) £8,968 – £12,032 per term

2020 exam results: GCSE % 9-4 (A-C): 98% A Level % A-C: 94%

Religious denomination: Catholic

Unique characteristics: The School provides over 100 exciting and engaging co-curricular opportunities, many of which offer outdoor learning in the magnificent rural 500 acre campus. Taking advantage of one of these activities could take your child on a journey that defines the rest of their life, create new friendships, help them to perfect a new skill, and develop their confidence — such as Ten Tors, Rock Night, CCF and Environmental Group.

Pastoral care: Downside are fully committed to providing the best possible pastoral care for each individual pupil. The House communities are at the heart of the School and they are where lasting friendships are made and memories forged. The Houses always have plenty of activities, competitions and social events at weekends and there are numerous trips especially offered to the younger years. There are chances for responsibility and leadership in each year group throughout the School and everyone is encouraged to step out of their comfort zone, enjoy new challenges and embrace a growth mindset.

Outstanding characteristics: The school’s aim is for every child to be excited and challenged by the curriculum they will follow. The personal growth and change that occurs by being part of a community with Benedictine values at its centre allows every pupil to feel accepted and valued unconditionally. This means that they can grow and develop in confidence to achieve their best and to support others to do the same. Downside is uncompromising in the pursuit of excellence, in the classroom and out. In 2019, for adding value at A level, Downside was placed second in Somerset and 39th nationally in the DFE performance tables, ranking the value added score in the top 30 independent schools in England.