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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 independent school is the right fit for your family. We’d love to invite you to our next Open Day event on Friday 27 & Saturday 28 September 2024.

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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 Preparatory School

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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Open Days

We put the open in Open Days. Our approach is to give you an honest picture of everyday life at The Downs Preparatory School. Talk to our pupils, meet our staff, and experience our school in action.

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Our top 6 reasons To choose The Downs Preparatory School

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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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Meet our teachers

Hear from our team

Watch our video to discover the unique reasons why some of our team fell in love with education and with our school. It’s these people (and all our staff) and their stories that make The Downs truly special. So over to you, team…

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.

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

Mrs Fenna-Brown – Parent

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