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Thank you for visiting The Downs School website and welcome to the new academic year 2014-15. Our vision is clear and simple: to develop well rounded individuals to prepare them for a rapidly changing world. We strongly believe that developing responsibility, resilience, and respect are essential ingredients of this preparation.
Set in the heart of the West Berks Downs, The Downs School is a special place where I am proud to say the staff are totally committed to the achievement and personal development of all our students. Our success is directly linked to a relentless focus on learning and teaching, which is at the heart of everything we do and we are striving to move this beyond outstanding through our philosophy ‘Learning Together, Learning for Life’.
For each of the past 9 years we have been designated a high performing school, and this year we have achieved excellent results for students of all abilities. In 2014 84% of students achieved 5 A* - C grades and above at GCSE (74% including English & Mathematics) which is an improvement on last year and once again the school was one of the top performing schools in West Berkshire. At A Level 70% of entries achieved A* -B grades 36% of grades were A*- A and 10% of the grades were A*. These results are the best the school has achieved for 5 years and not only make us the top performing school in West Berkshire, but also outperforming some influential independent schools within the region. At a time of national variations these results are particularly impressive. Read more