Downside School

Downside is a forward-thinking co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11-18. Founded in 1606, set in 500 acres of beautiful English countryside and based just 25 minutes from the famous World Heritage City of Bath, we are one of England's oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools. Downside is home to 363 pupils where boarders and day pupils share six Houses, four for boys and two for girls.


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ISC associations: HMC, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Coeducational

Size: 334

Downside School fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£10,100 to £13,550

Day fees per term:
£6,850 to £8,130

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
933 / 6021

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 11 to 18 (53)

Boarding: 11 to 18 (144)

Sixth Form: (83)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 11 to 18 (44)

Boarding: 11 to 18 (93)

Sixth Form: (41)

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Downside School offers a number of scholarships for pupils hoping to join the School at the principal ages of entry of 11+, 13+ and 16+. For families who may struggle to meet the full fee payment there is the option to apply for a means-tested bursary and you can apply for this regardless of whether your child is eligible for a scholarship. 

The bestowal of any award carries with it privilege and responsibility. Every award holder is expected to set an example for other pupils in their approach to academic study and participation in the fuller life of the School. The tenure of any award is intended to be for the duration of a holder’s education at Downside, provided that the holder’s academic progress and general conduct remain satisfactory. Awards are reviewed annually. 

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Choral scholarships
  • Design scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Clergy discounts
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

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Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies