South Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
About Downend School
Downend School is a co-educational, non-denominational secondary school with sixth form in South Gloucestershire. At its most recent inspection, there were 1,015 students aged 11-18 on the school roll. The village of Downend is located to the north-east of Bristol and is known as the birthplace of cricketer WG Grace.
Downend School is located near to Stanbridge Primary School. Facilities at the secondary school are shared with Downend Sports Centre. Downend School was established on its current premises in 2005 and it can be traced back to Staple Hill girls’ school, which was founded in 1933.
Values and vision
Downend School is an exciting and vibrant learning community where every young person is supported to achieve their very best. Students are encouraged to be honest, just and fair in their dealings with each other and those in the world around them.
The secondary school aims to offer a very wide range of opportunities both within the classroom and in the wider life of the school, nurturing the talents of every student to ensure their school experience is fulfilling and enriching. The curriculum is based on a number of “Pathways”, with every child following a carefully designed package of courses that allows the right level of personal challenge, while enabling all students to achieve excellent qualifications.
“The school’s curriculum is broad and balanced and provides clear options to suit students’ different abilities, interests and talents at Key Stage 4. There are ample opportunities for students to pursue more academic, practical or vocational courses. There is a programme of lessons which promotes the core values of democracy, law, respect and tolerance. These are enhanced by outside visits, for example to law courts and places of worship.”