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Address: Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Radstock, Somerset BA3 4RJ
Founded: 1606, in Douai, France
Number of Pupils: 340
Ages: 11-18
Fees: Boarding: £8,707-£11,682 per term; Day: £5,063 – £6,642 per term.
Day Plus (two nights’ accommodation): £6,578-£8,226 per term.
Day Plus (three nights’ accommodation): £7,066-£9,018 per term.
Headmaster: Mr Andrew Hobbs
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic
Entrance Procedure: Testing, previous schools reports and references. We offer a range of scholarships to talented pupils at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Bursaries are also available.
Contact: Mrs Issy Hartnell
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: We warmly invite you to book your virtual visit to Downside on a date to suit you. Explore our school from the comfort of your own home. Talk to the Head Master, our Director of Admissions and our pupils. Please click here to reserve your place.


We have a broad and balanced curriculum with particularly impressive maths, science, sports and creative arts departments. These are supported by extensive co-curricular options including Digital Leaders, Environmental Group and outreach to primary schools.

Games & the Arts

At Downside our sporting and arts cultures exists in harmony with our academic values. Major sports are rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, athletics and tennis. We have a Performing Arts Centre and offer specialist tuition across a wide range of arts subjects. Our CCF band leads the Bath Remembrance Parade each year.

Pastoral Care

We are known for our high levels of pastoral care. We remain a 76 per cent boarding school which means that we are a seven-day-a-week community, with all that brings in terms of friendships, esprit de corps and the sense of belonging which is at the very heart of our pastoral care.

‘The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.’ ISI Report 2018

Recent University Places

The majority of pupils achieve their first-choice university. Popular subjects this year were engineering, sciences and languages.

Headmaster’s Philosophy

At Downside, we are committed to working in partnership with families and to providing an environment which nurtures young people of integrity who can think for themselves, stand up for their beliefs and act to make a positive difference in the world. Downside is miles from the ordinary and beyond expectation.

Outstanding Characteristics

Our school ‘chapel’ is Downside Abbey Church – one of only four minor basilicas in England. The school is set in 500 acres of blissful Somerset scenery and boast extensive facilities including several sports pitches, an indoor swimming pool, a music-dedicated Mac-suite, a health centre and a performing arts centre containing a recording studio and 400-seat theatre.

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