Join the Sixth Form

Catchment areas do not apply in the Sixth Form, nor are we restricted on the numbers of students we are able to offer places to. We are therefore able to provide places to many students who attended other schools before they joined The Downs School Sixth Form, and have been notably successful at integrating students from other schools into the Sixth Form community. Typically, 25% of our Sixth Form students join us from schools other than The Downs. 

We run a wide variety of events, such as the Sixth Form open evening and Sixth Form open mornings, that are designed to showcase our school to students and parents considering whether or not they wish to join The Downs. We would encourage you to come to these events to see for yourself what a special place The Downs School Sixth Form is.

Open Evening 

Our Open Evening takes place on annually in November. There are a number of  interactive displays around the school, and subject teachers and students are available to answer questions. Tours of the school are given, and there are two presentations in the Main Hall. The date for the 2020 Open Evening is not yet confirmed.

Sixth Form Open Mornings 

Our Open Mornings for Rising Year 12s take place on various dates throughout the year. The next one takes place on 2 March. Prospective students and parents will be able to see the school in action and have a tour of our facilities. This will be followed by an informal presentation in the school library. Please get in touch to book a place on the Open Mornings. We look forward to meeting you.

New York trip - April 2021

We are delighted to announce a trip to New York in April 2021 for students studying Performing Arts, Dance, Drama, Media and Music. The trip will include visits to all the key tourist attractions including the Empire State Building Observatory, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Rockefeller Centre, a stage door tour of Radio City Music Hall and a theatre show on Broadway. More details will follow.

Borneo trip - July 2021

We are planning an incredible expedition to Borneo, including Mt Kinabulu in July 2021 with Outlook Expeditions, which will be an amazing, challenging and life changing experience, and the chance to experience different cultures and environments, whilst developing an array of life skills. This trip will be open to Sixth form students joining us in September 2020.

If you would like to find out more – there is no obligation - please visit:

Apply to join the Sixth form at September 2020

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about our Sixth Form or how to apply for a place.

Information about courses is attached below, along with an application form and information about our bursary scheme for financially disadvantaged students. 

Sixth Form Prospectus 2020-21

Sixth Form Option Blocks 2020-21

Sixth Form Course Guide September 2020

Apply to join the Sixth Form September 2020


Information about the bursary scheme

Apply for a Bursary

Information about transport to The Downs School


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