The Downs School

West Berkshire, United Kingdom

Location: West Berkshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Foundation
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About The Downs School

The Downs School is a co-educational, non-denominational secondary school with sixth form, located in Compton, Berkshire. The school carries the motto "Learning together, learning for life". One of its former attendees is professional footballer Theo Walcott. 

The village of Compton is enveloped by fields and is also home to a Church of England primary school. The Downs School has approximately 1,160 pupils aged 11-18, including 340 students in the sixth form.  

At the Downs, we give all our students the very best start in life; to help them develop into well-rounded young adults able to venture into a rapidly changing world with confidence and determination. These principles are summed up in our vision ‘to prepare today’s young people for the world of tomorrow’


Chris Prosser 

Values and vision 

Staff at The Downs School are expected to be proactive about development and reflective about their work, ensuring they can maximise the potential of each individual pupil. Students themselves strive to uphold an ethos of resilience, responsibility and respect. The secondary school also adheres to the core British values of equality and non-discrimination, democracy and the rule of law. 

Sixth-form students experience a positive relationship with staff in a supportive atmosphere. They benefit from opportunities to expand their independent study and critical thinking. 

The school specialises in language eduction and encourages exchange trips to France, Germany and Spain. Physical education is also an integral part of the curriculum, and Downs is the only school in Berkshire to retain its own swimming pool. 

Ofsted report 

“Students make very rapid progress across all year groups and in a wide range of subjects. The proportions of current Year 11 students making more than expected progress from Key Stage 2 in English and mathematics are very high. Together with students’ very high levels of attainment, this represents outstanding and sustained high achievement throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.” 

View The Downs School's latest Ofsted report 

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Address: Compton, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 6AD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1635 270000