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.



Debbie Allen

Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum & Learning, Innovation

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, Ethos & Achievement

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 Assistant Headteacher (Key Stage Three), the Assistant Headteacher (Key Stage Four), the Head of Sixth Form and the SENCO. The faculties I line manage are the English and Media and the 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.



Assistant Headteacher – Ethos & Achievement at Key Stage 4

Miss L Bermingham

I joined the school in 2014 as a Teacher of English. From there, I moved on to be Head of Year for several years. I am now an Assistant Headteacher with the responsibility for KS4. I am also Deputy Safeguarding Lead. I work with the Heads of Year 10 and 11, along with the KS4 Student Manager, Pupil Premium Manager, and Inclusion Manager, to oversee the progress, attitude, attendance, and behaviour of Key Stage 4.

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Assistant Headteacher, Wellbeing and Professional Development

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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Head of Sixth Form

Mr P Hogan

I joined the school in 2012 as a Geography NQT. During my time at The Downs I have been Head of Aldworth House, Head of Year 9 and 10, and Head of Geography before becoming Head of Sixth Form in 2016.



Business Manager

Miss R Brophy

I joined the Downs team in December 2020, following my role as Operations Manager at a large primary school in Newbury.

I support the finance, facilities, central admin, IT, cleaning 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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