Leadership Team & Key Contacts

C Prosser


Mr C Prosser

I joined the school in January 2008 as Deputy Headteacher for Learning and teacher of Geography. I became Headteacher of The Downs School and Executive Headteacher of Compton Primary School in January 2014 and more recently was appointed Executive Headteacher of Beedon Primary School which together now make up the Downland Federation.


Deputy Headteacher

Ms D Allen

I joined the school in 2020 having previously worked in Lancashire and West Yorkshire in a range of consultancy and senior leadership positions.  I firmly believe that a good education can make a huge difference to young people's motivation and happiness in later life, and I see high quality teacher development as key to ensuring that children get the most out of their time at school.

At The Downs, I oversee Curriculum & Achievement, and line manage Applied Learning, Maths, Performance Arts, PE, and Careers, as well as teaching English.

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Deputy Headteacher

Mr P Wilson

I joined the school in 2012, having previously been a Head of House in a school in Oxfordshire. I am responsible for the pastoral system within The Downs, including behaviour, attendance and safeguarding, and line manage the SENCO, Heads of Year and Student Managers. In addition to this, I am responsible for the academic progress of students in the Sixth Form, and line manage the Head of Sixth Form. I also line manage the Social Sciences and Science faculties.

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Assistant Headteacher, Ethos and Achievement at Key Stage 3

Mrs P Jackson

I joined the school in 2011 as a teacher and from there moved on to Head of Faculty and now Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for KS3.  I am Deputy Safeguarding Lead and oversee the progress, attitude, attendance and behaviour of key stage 3 working with the Heads of Year and Student Manager.  I teach Economics and Business Studies at GCSE and A Level.

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Assistant Headteacher, Ethos and Achievement, Director of Teaching School

Mrs K McDowell

I joined the school in 2019 having previously worked in West Berkshire for 14 years. I have always been passionate about teacher training having mentored some outstanding teachers for over 20 years. I am responsible for the Downland Alliance Teaching school which involves Initial teacher training, School to school support and CPD and I also teach Mathematics.

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Assistant Headteacher, Teaching and Learning, Innovation and CPDL

Mr M Mullarkey

I joined the school in 2019 having previously been a senior leader in the West Midlands. I am responsible for Teaching and Learning, Innovation and CPDL, with strategic oversight of Literacy, Numeracy and the More Able. I also line manage the Design Arts and Humanities faculties along with the library and teach Geography.


Business Manager

Miss R Brophy

I am the most recent addition to the Leadership Team, joining in December 2020, following my role as Operations Manager at a large primary school in Newbury.

I support the finance, facilities, central admin and catering teams, as well as being responsible for Health and Safety across the school.

I am very passionate about The Downs values of ‘learning together, learning for life’ and aim to focus my role on helping to support all students to become lifelong learners.




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