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Vision, aims
and ethos

Academic study is important and we expect all our pupils to adopt a healthy work ethic and achieve high standards but we believe to truly educate one must celebrate the creative, the physical and the spiritual as much as the intellectual. Our overwhelming experience is that those children who derive pleasure and enjoyment from a wide range of activities outside of the classroom are those who go on to perform exceptionally well in their academic work. Whilst our children may perceive they have options, in reality they are obliged to wholeheartedly engage in the multitude of opportunities the school will present before them.

Character at The Downs is shaped over time by a strong set of traditional values and expectations. Constantly mindful of these we nurture happy, civilised, accomplished young adults who go on to make a telling contribution towards their future communities.

Childhood is cherished. Our young children are encouraged to be imaginative in their learning and playing and every opportunity is taken to make the most of our wonderful park and woodland. They wear wellies, climb trees and make dens. They make elaborate daisy-chains, delight in playing conkers and relish bush-craft cooking. The sophisticated world of mobile devices and adolescence remains at the front entrance for later life.

Within this healthy, happy and wholesome environment we seek to nurture unaffected good manners, we embrace grace and humility, and we applaud the qualities of friendship, excellence and respect. We encourage and have high regard for individuality, we endorse aspiration and we celebrate success. Quality of character is then considered equally important as achievement.

Simply put we wish to nurture decent human beings who enjoy their precious childhood in a safe and beautiful rural environment, slightly removed from the pressure and clamour of modern youth.

Our children enjoy a vibrant all round education that is stimulating, challenging and exciting.

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Reviews & Testimonials

"Both our boys have amazing lasting memories of life at the Downs Preparatory School."
"From the moment we attended the Open Day, both our children have absolutely loved The Downs School. Two years on, they are up and ready each morning, both cheerful and eager at the thought of their day ahead. The teacher's commitment to the children is beyond excellent, and you can rely on a careful and considered response to any concerns you may have with your children’s progress."
"The pastoral care and overall support the school provide is thoroughly reassuring and professionally delivered. Whether it is sports, the arts or academic pursuits, your child will be helped to find their strengths very quickly and those strengths will be nurtured. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Downs to any prospective parent and have done so on many occasions."
"From the moment we attended the Open Day, both our children have absolutely loved The Downs School. Two years on, they are up and ready each morning, both cheerful and eager at the thought of their day ahead. The teacher's commitment to the children is beyond excellent, and you can rely on a careful and considered response to any concerns you may have with your children’s progress. The pastoral care and overall support the school provide is thoroughly reassuring and professionally delivered. Whether it is sports,the arts or academic pursuits, your child will be helped to find their strengths very quickly and those strengths will be nurtured. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Downs to any prospective parent and have done soon many occasions."
"Days at School are better than days at home."
A Pupil

Reviews and Testimonials

An independent Prep School, The Downs enjoys healthy and constructive links with many senior schools.

“As a consequence the Headmaster is able to work closely with parents and in
doing so offer considered objective advice as to which senior schools most suit
the needs of their children.”
Parent xxxxx

“Over recent years our Year 8 pupils have successfully moved on to such schools as Badminton, Blundell’s, Bristol Grammar School, Bryanston, Clifton College, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, King’s Taunton, King’s Bruton, Malvern College, Marlborough, Millfeld, Monmouth, Sherborne, Uppingham and Winchester.”
Parent xxxxx

“We take great care in preparing our pupils for their senior schools and we are delighted that the feedback is extremely complimentary. We expect all our pupils to pass into the school of their frst choice and it is gratifying that in recent years 60% have done so with scholarships.”
Student xxxxx

Policies, Inspections, Reviews

For each child we wish to provide an invigorating, stimulating experience,
developing to the full their creative, physical and intellectual potential. We
believe that every child can succeed and we energetically seek the spark that
will light their passion and ignite self-confidence.

We are a Christian foundation which celebrates and respects children from all religious faiths and backgrounds. We nurture confidence in contrast to arrogance and we expect courtesy, consideration, courage and kindness at all times.

Regularly inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, The Downs is entirely compliant with the regulatory requirements.

The following policies are available to view online and download in PDF format.

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Winter Uniform

  • Green Anorak
  • Woolly green scarf and gloves
  • The Downs School Blazer
  • The Downs School Cap
Everyday in Winter Term
  • Grey shirt
  • Green crew neck jumper
  • Grey corduroy shorts
  • Long grey knee socks and garters
Winter Games
  • The Downs School green tracksuit
  • 1 x pair trainers
  • 1 Towel

Summer Uniform

  • Green ‘V’ neck jumper (acrylic not wool)
  • The Downs yellow polo shirt
  • Grey corduroy shorts
  • Short grey socks
Summer Games
  • Green swimming trunks
  • Navy blue swimming cap
  • Sun Hat
  • Cap
Everyday Items Throughout Term
  • Black lace-up/buckled shoes
  • Navy boiler suit
  • Wellingtons
  • Spare pair of pants and socks
  • Book bag
Physical Education
  • Plain white polo shirt
  • Plain white cotton shorts
  • Short white socks
  • White gym shoes
  • Green gym bag
Formal Occasions
  • The Downs School tie
  • Green ‘V’ neck jumper
  • White long sleeved shirt
  • Grey corduroy shorts
  • Long socks - Winter
  • Short socks - Summer

School uniform

Telephone number 01179 620 011 and email: bristol@famousbranches.com

Winter Uniform

  • Green Anorak
  • Woolly green scarf and gloves
  • The Downs School Blazer
  • Straw Boater

Everyday in Winter Term

Winter Games

Physical Education

Formal Occasions

  • White long sleeved shirt
  • Green crew neck jumper
  • Grey Pinafore
  • Green tights
  • The Downs School green tracksuit
  • 1 x pair trainers
  • 1 Towel
  • Plain white polo shirt
  • Plain white cotton shorts
  • Short white socks
  • White gym shoes
  • Green gym bag
  • The Downs School tie
  • Green ‘V’ neck jumper
  • White long sleeved blouse
  • Grey pinafore
  • Green tights

Summer Uniform

  • Green ‘V’ neck jumper (acrylic not wool)
  • Green and White Dress
  • Short green socks
  • Green swimming costume
  • Navy blue swimming cap
  • Sun Hat
  • Black lace-up/buckled shoes
  • Hair bands and ribbons
  • Navy boiler suit
  • Wellingtons
  • Spare pair of pants and socks
  • Book bag

Summer Games

Everyday Items Throughout Term

Winter Uniform

Everyday in Winter Term

Winter Games

Summer Uniform

  • The Downs School tie
  • Green ‘V’ neck jumper
  • White long sleeved shirt
  • Grey corduroy shorts
  • Long socks - Winter
  • Short socks - Summer

Summer Games

Everyday Items Throughout Term

Physical Education

Formal Occasions

Winter Uniform

  • The Downs School green/gold tracksuit
  • 1 x pair trainers
  • 1 x Green rugby shirt
  • Green games kilt
  • Navy blue or white shorts
  • Green rugby socks
  • GartersMouth guard
  • Shin pads
  • 1 x pair trainers (White soled)
  • 1 x pair trainers (White non-marking soles for indoor use)
  • 2 Towels (Loops on long side of towel)
  • Games kit bag

Everyday in Winter Term

Winter Games

Summer Games

Everyday Items Throughout Term

Physical Education

Formal Occasions

Summer Uniform

Winter Uniform

Everyday in Winter Term

Winter Games

Summer Games

Everyday Items Throughout Term

Physical Education

Formal Occasions

Summer Uniform

Winter Uniform


Everyday in Winter Term

Winter Games

Summer Uniform

Summer Games

Everyday Items Throughout Term

Physical Education

Formal Occasions

Winter Uniform

Everyday in Winter Term

Winter Games

Summer Uniform

Summer Games

Everyday Items Throughout Term

Physical Education

Formal Occasions