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We cannot recommend The Downs highly enough; we only wish our children could stay until Year 13!

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Open days

There’s no better way to explore our school, meet some of our staff and of course, see our children in action, than at one of our Open Days. If you get a great feeling, that’s a big tick in the box and a great place to start when picking the right school for your child.

Book your visit

We'd love to welcome you to our school. We normally offer at least one Open Day each term. Our upcoming Open Days are:

Autumn Term Open Days

Friday 27 September 10.15am - 12.15pm : School in action tour
Saturday 28 September 10.15am - 12.15pm: Family Fun Morning for Reception 25 starters & Staff tour

Alternatively, if you'd like to see the school sooner, or you're not able to make our next Open dates, you can request a personal tour at a time to suit you.

What to expect

A flavour of what’s on offer from an Open Day visit to our school.

Friday Open Day – School in action

Friday 27 September: 10.15am - 12.15pm

If you want to be a fly on the wall to get a snapshot of real daily life at The Downs, this is your chance. You’ll have a student guide on hand to show you a wide range of activities and lessons taking place. You’ll see teachers in their natural habitats and have the chance to ask plenty of probing questions!

At the end of your visit, you’ll get to have a cup of tea with our senior leadership team. They can offer insight into the future vision of our school or discuss anything still on your mind.

Open Day set up

Saturday Open Day – Staff tour

Saturday 28 September: 10.15am-12.15pm

A slightly quieter option to our Friday Open Day, this is an unhurried way to take a look behind the scenes. An experienced member of our teaching staff will show you around and answer questions. There’s a good chance there will be some after school clubs in progress so you’ll get a feel for the energy around that. And if they’re free, some of our Year 8 students might even pop up to have a chat.

As with the Friday tour, this one ends over refreshments and conversation with our senior leadership team. You might even get a taste of our famous tea-time tiffin treats (that’s quite a mouthful)!

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Saturday Family Fun Morning

Saturday 28 September 10.15am - 12.15pm

This is our annual family fun morning for any children due to start in Reception the following September. We run a space themed event where children and parents are able to meet our Pre-Prep staff, take part in activities in our Pre-Prep classrooms and get a feel for what life at school will be like.

There's also a chance to meet other families who will be starting in reception at the same time. This event is not to be missed if you're child is starting Reception in September 2025.

Reception outdoor play

Booking is simple…

Just complete the form and select which date you'd like to come. We’ll be in touch to confirm details and supply you with all the information you need. Children are welcome to attend with you, or not, it’s 100% up to you.

If there’s not an Open Day which fits with your calendar, please select the 'Personal Tour' option on the form.

If you’d like to see our nursery & pre-school on the same day, we can easily arrange this. Just let us know on the booking form. 

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We also offer the opportunity for you to visit our Pre-School setting Bertie's which is on site.