All admissions for years 7 to 11 at The Downs School are managed by West Berkshire Council and information and details of the application process are available on their website.

Click below for the link to the West Berkshire admissions website. From September 2018 the PAN (the number of students admitted to year 7) is 210.

Admission Arrangements Documents

The Admission Arrangements include an explanation of our over-subscription criteria and the West Berkshire Council appeals process.

Admission Arrangements for 2019/20

Admission Arrangements for 2020/21

Admissions Arrangments for 2021/22

Catchment Area

There will be a change to our catchment area from September 2019. The Downs School catchment area is unique to The Downs School and, although in general the school catchment areas in West Berkshire border each other, this is not a rule that must be followed. Catchment Area 2 (labelled as Zone 2 on the 2019/20 catchment map) will overlap parts of the existing Kennet School and Trinity school catchment area and children who live in these areas will live in two secondary school catchment areas.

Catchment Area from Sept 2019

Sixth Form Admissions

Students wishing to join the sixth form should apply directly to the school, not to West Berkshire Council.  Please find more information by clicking the link below.

Join the Sixth Form

Travel to school

Information about school transport can be found by clicking the link below.

School Transport & Bus Routes

Visit our School

Click for information about open evenings and mornings and tours of the school.

Open Evenings

Tours of the School


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