Head: Mr Andrew Hobbs
Telephone: 01761 235 103
Twitter: downsideschool
Head of Boarding Contact Information
Name: Mrs Claire Murphy
Telephone: 01761 235 183
Number in School: 380
Number of Boarders: 300
Boarding Age: 11 to 18

Downside is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school and is one of England's oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools having been founded in 1606. Housed in magnificent buildings set in a 500-acre estate in Somerset close to the historic city of Bath. Downside is committed to remaining a traditional full-boarding school with over 75% of pupils boarding full time. Weekends are full, busy and purposeful with a full programme of activities that day pupils often come in to take part in. The School is known for the outstanding pastoral support for all pupils and are proud of its award as “Best for Well-being”. Co-curricular activities also provide vital experiences and opportunities and Downside offers an exceptionally wide choice to its pupils.

Downside's Abbey Church is one of only two minor basilicas in England making the school's 'School Chapel' unusual.

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Twitter: @downsideschool

Boarding Age From: 11 | Boarding Age To: 18

Year Fee Extras included in fees
2014-2015 From £14,436 to £29,226 Majority of activities, laundry
2013/14 From £14,154 to £28,374 Majority of activities Laundry

Pupils are extremely well educated both inside and outside the classroom.ISI Inspection Report 2013