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From the Good Schools Guide

Yes, we’re biased. So how about hearing it from someone else? Capturing the essence of what we do perfectly, the Good School Guide review is enough to make us blush!

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Open Day

Don’t take our word for it. We want you to see it and feel it. To get a true sense of whether our school is the right fit for your family. We’d love to invite you to our next Open Day event on 29 & 30 September.

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Inspection Results

We are proud of our high standards and are committed to ensuring we meet the rigorous expectations of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). See how we measure up.

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Welcome to The Downs

Say hello to our headteacher

Featuring whether Mrs Isaachsen was ever naughty at school and other fantastic anecdotes, this is a chance for our children to do the asking and our headteacher to do the talking.

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Our top 6 reasons To choose The Downs

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Our setting

60 acres of stunning grounds and parkland for our children to explore and enjoy. Plus unbeatable on-site facilities.

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Our Values

Three honest values at the core of everything we do.

Explore. Express. Excel.

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Inspired teaching

Our teachers and support staff are passionate and committed. They bring energy and a little bit of magic to each classroom, igniting a love of learning in every child.

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Senior success

As a truly independent school, we value and nurture individuality. We’ll help you find exactly the right senior school to fit your child.

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Our community

A network of people ready to welcome every family that joins. You'll feel right at home.

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Our values

Meet our values characters

Nik-Nak, Pebble and Twiglet are characters who help bring our three core values to life: Explore. Express. Excel. Values that infiltrate everything we do, helping children find the best version of themselves. Because children who know who they are go on to do amazing things.

Nik Nak Explore value character
Pebble Express value character
Twiglet Excel value character


There is a unique atmosphere of joyful purposefulness at The Downs.

Mrs Fenna-Brown – Parent

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