Downside School

| Day & Boarding | 11-18yrs

Type: Prep, Senior
Founded: 1617
Entrance Procedure:

Approximately three years prior to entry

Fees per term:
Years 7 & 8:
Full Boarding: £8,412
Day: £5,414
Years 9-13:
Full Boarding: £11,287
Day: £6,417
Day Plus options also available
School Visits: By contacting the Admissions team

Head's Up

“Downside School’s vision – as a leading Catholic School – is to be a bright light in the world of education, illuminating the lives of young people and inspiring service in the world through experience of Benedictine culture. It enables pupils and staff to develop their own identity through experience of a community with Christ as its centre.”

Andrew Hobbs

Inside Scoop from a current parent

We chose Downside as my family has had a long history of being educated there. However, what particularly stood out for us and why we decided to send our children was due to the sense of belonging and community that pervades the school.

Irrespective of the academic or sporting ability of any pupil, Downside always gives its pupils a high level of confidence and self-security that will last them for the rest of their life.

Staff show real interest and an understanding for the children in their care. Also important is that they have all had, or still have, children of their own at the school which gives it a wonderful family feel.

As Parents, We Love...

  • The Headmaster and his senior management team. Andrew Hobbs has been at the school as Deputy Head since 2008, and since he took over as head in January 2018 the whole community has had a really positive feeling about itself. The Head of Pastoral Care, Claire Murphy, is also excellent, as is the Director of Studies Daniel Gibbons. They have all evidenced real care, understanding and consideration for the children under their care.
  • The setting - Downside Abbey is a magnificent landmark and the school was purpose built around it. It has obviously been improved and added to over the years and now provides a truly wonderful place to spend your schooldays.
  • The Network, of both old boys/girls, known as OG’s, and of current parents and the friends of Downside, all of whom work together with the School to make both the child but also his/her family, be they parents or siblings, feel welcome and included.

Our Children Love...

  • The opportunities they have been given to express themselves as themselves, either academically, artistically, or through representing both the school, county or academy on the sports field.
  • The food - as good as any you will get anywhere!
  • The quality of accommodation - it seems spectacularly luxurious compared to the 1970s!

Contact Us

Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Radstock, Bath, BA3 4RJ
01761 235103

Useful Dates

Term dates:
Autumn Term: 2nd September - 13th December 2019
Spring Term: 8th January - 27th March 2020
Summer Term: 22nd April - 26th June 2020

Open days: