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Downside School

Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Radstock, BA3 4RJ

Downside School is an independent, co-educational boarding school for students aged 11-18, situated near Bath. Downside resides on 500 acres of land in rural Somerset, with a vast campus of state-of-the-art facilities paired with traditional and beautiful historic buildings. The...

Phone: 01761235100

Website: www.downside.co.uk

Head: Mr Andrew Hobbs

Registrar Details:

Mrs Claire Low
+44 (0)1761 235103

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Downside School is an independent, co-educational boarding school for students aged 11-18, situated near Bath.

Downside resides on 500 acres of land in rural Somerset, with a vast campus of state-of-the-art facilities paired with traditional and beautiful historic buildings. The school is notable for its Catholic and Benedictine ties, having been founded in France in 1614 by Benedictine monks. Downside Abbey Church is a Grade 1 listed building, and is one of only four minor basilicas in England. Their faith underpins the method of the school, and Downside follows 8 core Benedictine values.

There are 6 boarding houses in total, of which 2 are for girls; Isabella, for girls of all ages, and Caverel for girls in 3 Form (Y9) upwards. The four boys’ houses are Powell House, for First, Second, and Third Form boys (Y7-9), and the three senior boys’ houses: Barlow, Roberts and Smythe. Downside has a boarding proportion of 72%, and follows a traditional full boarding model. Day students can choose to become a Day Plus student, whereby they board 2-3 nights a week.

Downside has over 100 extracurricular activities on offer throughout the entire week including weekends. These range from Ceramics to Horse Riding (for Lower School Students), and Upper School Students’ options such as Wine Appreciation, Engineering, and Sailing.

The school has a thorough and selective admissions process to determine which students will thrive in their academically rigorous environment. Downside’s attitude to academics ties in with their benedictine values, and the belief in transformation. Cardiff, Durham and Edinburgh are popular university destinations among Downside students.

Sector: Independent

Type: Senior School, Sixth Form

Day/Boarding: Boarding Only

Setting: Countryside

Total Pupils: 334

Ages Covered: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Gender: Co-ed

Religious Ethos: Roman Catholic

Opening Date: 1614

Sibling Policy: Yes

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Selection: Academically Selective