All admissions for years 7 to 11 at The Downs School are managed by West Berkshire Council and information and details of the application process are available on their website.

Click below for the link to the West Berkshire admissions website. From September 2018 the PAN (the number of students admitted to year 7) is 210.

Admission Arrangements Documents

The Admission Arrangements include an explanation of our over-subscription criteria and the West Berkshire Council appeals process.

Admission Arrangements for 2020/21
Admissions Arrangments for 2021/22
Admissions Arrangements for 2022/23

Catchment Area

A change was made to our catchment area in September 2019 with the addition of Catchment Area 2. The Downs School catchment area is unique to The Downs School and, although in general the school catchment areas in West Berkshire border each other, this is not a rule that must be followed. Catchment Area 2 (labelled as Zone 2 on the 2019/20 catchment map) overlaps parts of the existing Kennet School and Trinity school catchment areas and children who live in these areas live in two secondary school catchment areas.

Catchment Area from Sept 2019

Applications from Students Living Outside West Berkshire

First Point Entry (Moving from Primary School to Secondary School)

All applications must be made to the Admissions Department of the county or borough in which a student lives.  The Admissions Department concerned will send the student's details to West Berkshire after the national closing date for secondary school applications.

In-Year Transfers

All in-year transfer applications for Years 7 to 11 should be made directly to West Berkshire's Admissions Department, regardless of where the student lives.   


Sixth Form Admissions

Students wishing to join the sixth form should apply directly to the school, not to West Berkshire Council.  Please find more information by clicking the link below.

Join the Sixth Form

Travel to school

Information about school transport can be found by clicking the link below.

School Transport & Bus Routes

Visit our School

Click for information about open evenings and mornings and tours of the school.

Open Evenings

Tours of the School


Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now