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Educating today's students for the world of tomorrow


At The Downs School we believe that all young people have the capacity to become leaders. We expect our Sixth Form students to view themselves as leaders.

Learning extends beyond the classroom through a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

Catchment areas do not apply in the Sixth Form, nor are we restricted on the numbers of students we are able to offer places to. 


Welcome to our virtual Sixth Form Information Evening

As part of our on-going support for our Sixth Form students, the information below covers a wide range of topics about all aspects of Sixth Form life, as well as looking ahead to the next steps for students as they start to think about life after they leave The Downs School. Whether students  go on to further or higher education, employment or self-employment once they leave us, we want their time at The Downs School to have provided them with the skills and knowledge to make the choices that are best for them. We also want to ensure that our parents and carers are armed with all the information they need to support the students. All the information below is relevant to students in Years 12 and 13.

If you have any further questions after watching the presentations, please contact us via email:


Click here to watch our presentations: 

The presentations will be as follows:

  • Introduction and overview of The Downs Sixth Form by Mrs Jackson, Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Sixth Form
  • Life in the Sixth Form by Miss Jaqaar Deputy Head of Sixth Form
  • UCAS, choosing a university and course by Mrs Waller, UCAS Manager
  • Student wellbeing and apprenticeship guidance by Mrs Jarrett, Student Support Manager.
  • There will also be a presentation from Ms Petya Zhechkova from the Admissions Department at the University of Bath, covering a number of admissions topics.

Information from The University of Bath

Petya Zhechkova from the University of Bath has kindly put together two presentations designed to help those students who wish to apply for university. Petya has also advised that university admissions teams have a relatively quiet period in the Autumn, so now is the best time to email them! 

Part One:

  • How to choose the right course and the importance of prioritising the course first (over the university)
  • How to choose a university (importance of location, environment, reputation, good subject teaching)
  • Importance of attending physical in-person Open Days
  • What students can do to improve their applications (EPQ, Work Experience, Super-curricular reading)

Part Two:

  • University is so much more than simply studying a course (friends for life, learning new skills, learning to be independent)
  • How parents can prepare their children for the transition to university

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you to those of you who sent in questions. Please find below a document which contains the answers to your queries. If you have any further questions, please email us via by end of September


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