The Downs is an inclusive school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities.

Most children enter the school in the Reception Year however, it is common for children to join in the later years. Children can join the school at any time of the year.

We are non-selective as children enter the Reception Year. Those children that wish to join the school in later years are informally assessed before being awarded a place. This is to ensure the school is able to suitably manage the individual needs of children.

Places are offered on a first come first served basis. In the event of a year group being full a child’s name is entered on the waiting list and parents are informed as places become available. Pre-Prep children are expected to progress into the Prep School, but the school reserves the right to refuse entry. Children are expected to remain at The Downs Preparatory School until they are 13 and have completed Year 8.

We would be delighted to welcome you to The Downs Preparatory School. Should you contact the school Registrar she will be happy to help you. I believe that as soon as you enter our gates you will begin to appreciate what distinguishes The Downs Preparatory School.


The Downs School Journey begins at Bertie’s, our beautiful nursery nestled in a majestic setting just 800 metres down the drive.

Bertie’s is our outstanding, inspirational nursery. Here our young children learn with laughter: they have the close attention of caring, interested staff, they enjoy diverse activities in the lovely house and they relish the immediate extensive outdoor opportunities.

There are no particular academic expectations but they are cheerfully  & carefully nurtured so that they are ready to begin more formal learning as they enter the Reception Year at school.

It is a charming, happy nursery, an idyllic start for little children from 6 months to 4 years.

Transport Links

The routes details here are flexible - please do get in touch with the school office if you would like to use the mini bus service or have any questions

The routes detailed here are flexible and we can try to fit in with you.
Please call us if you have any questions.

Bus routes and timings 2018

Fees & Scholarships


A small number of scholarships to the value of approximately 10% are awarded after assessment to children entering the prep School at Year Four. The scholarships celebrate academic excellence.

Assessments take place each January.

Financial Assistance / Bursary Awards

Bursary awards are made to those families that require financial support to send their child or children to The Downs Preparatory School. The awards range in value from 100% to 10% however, they are limited in number each year.

Applicants are required to follow a formal process that includes a Confidential Means Test.

The Governors Bursary Committee evaluate the applicant’s circumstances and the school's context before conclusion. The awards are reviewed annually and adjustments made if an applicant’s financial circumstances change.