The Downs School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
1279
AGES
11 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Foundation school
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How Does The School Perform?

4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(6/6/13)
Full Report - All Reports
78%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths



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Manor Crescent
Compton
Newbury
RG20 6AD
01635270000

School Description

The Downs School is a larger-than-average secondary school. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported through school action is much lower than that found nationally. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than the national average. Almost all students are of White British heritage with a very small number who speak English as an additional language. A small proportion of the students attending the school are known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional government funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals, those who are looked after by the local authority and those from service families) and this is much lower than the national average. The highest proportion of eligible students is from service families. The school uses alternative provision for a very small number of students at Key Stage 4. Students have work experience placements in various locations arranged by the local Education Business Partnership for one day a week. A placement at the local authority’s pupil referral provision is used to support a student. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. In September 2010, the headteacher of The Downs School also became the executive headteacher of the Compton Primary School. In September 2012, the two schools became federated and a new governing body was established, which includes members of the two previous governing bodies.

Can I Get My Child Into This School?

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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2020, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

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