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Welcome to The Downs School & Sixth Form 

We warmly welcome you to our outstanding school in the heart of the Berkshire Downs. The school has a strong community of over 180 Teaching and Associate staff. Our staff room is full of exceptional staff and why we are the best performing school in West Berkshire. We invite future colleagues to join us and be a key part of our continued success. Our expectations are high, and this is reflected in our very successful academic record. The school is currently judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. 

Educating today’s students for the world of tomorrow  

We achieve this through Learning together, learning for life, which runs through the daily life of the school, providing us with the guidance we need to realise our vision and achieve outstanding outcomes for our students. 

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Current Vacancies 

To read the job description and apply for one of our current vacancies, please do so by clicking the job link below.  You will be taken to our dedicated page on the TES website.  

   Teaching Assistant, West Berkshire - Tes Jobs 

 Science Technician, West Berkshire - Tes Jobs

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If you would like to talk to our Human Resources Team about any part of the vacancy or application process, please contact Mrs Clare Lowery on 01635 270000, or via our contact form.

If you wish to send in a speculative application, please use our Register your interest form.

The Downland Federation 

Learning Together, learning for life; A seamless education from 2-18yrs. 

The Downs School resides in a family of schools working together under a unified governance structure; The Downland Federation. This alliance enables us to pool our resources, share expertise, and offer a richer educational experience to all our students. By working together, we strengthen our community, ensuring that each child benefits from collective wisdom and seamless education. Together, we are stronger, more resilient, and better equipped to educate our students for the world of tomorrow. 

We are proud to be federated with Compton C of E Primary, Beedon C of E Primary and Basildon C of E Primary School


Our Location & Travel Information

We are based in the idyllic village of Compton, in the heart of the Berkshire Downs. Plenty of fresh air, easy access to towns and countryside. Plenty of parking, a cycle to work scheme and good bike/running trails closeby are accessed by many staff.   

Address: The Downs School & Sixth Form, Compton, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 6AD 

  • By Car: Our school has good road links to Newbury, Reading, Didcot and Oxford - situated just 10 minutes from the A34. Our current staff travel from Newbury, Swindon, Winchester, Reading and Oxford areas. Car sharing is encouraged. We also provide electric car points.  

  • By Train: The nearest train station is Goring & Streatley at 6 miles. Didcot Parkway is a 12 mile drive. 

  • By Bus: Newbury & District Bus route 6 & 6A 


Training to Teach with The Downland Alliance

If you are interested in training to teach with us at The Downs School, this is co-ordinated by The Downland Alliance as the West Berkshire Hub for the OTT (Overseas Teacher Training) SCITT (School Centered Initial Teaching Training), please see further information by clicking below.

Downland Alliance

Apply to be a Teacher with The Downland Applicance here, using location RG20 6AD


Safeguarding & Welfare

The Downs School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

As part of any recruitment process, the school collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The school is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations. Please view our privacy notice for job applicants for further information. Please address any enquiries on this to the data protection officer by emailing

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Vacancies Documents Date  
The Downs School Job and Careers Brochure 2024 28th May 2024 Download
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