We find ourselves experiencing school closures, lock-downs and emotions that none of us have ever experienced before all due to Covid-19.  

Although the Downside School site is currently closed to visitors, our staff continue to work to support families that are joining the School in September and beyond. None of us would ever have believed we would be in this position, however I am pleased to have met many families ‘virtually’ and to have been able to give each and every one of them the time they deserve.   

Andrew Hobbs, the Head Master, and I would be delighted to welcome you and your family to the School in the future, but until then, let’s use technology to its best effect. Please email in the first instance to to set up a meeting and, until we speak, please enjoy all of our social media channels to follow what has been happening in the last few weeks.

Although the United Kingdom has now left European Union, we continue to encourage and welcome pupils from Europe. Our European and International pupils bring great benefits to the School in all aspects of community life, creating a richly diverse culture.

We have never differentiated school fees between UK, European or International pupils, and will continue to ensure the fees remain consistent across all nationalities.

The UK left the European Union on 31st December 2020 and, from 1st January 2021, the UK has implemented a points-based immigration system (PBS). This means that, from 1st January 2021, if a pupil does not already live in the UK or have rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, the pupil will need to meet specific requirements and apply through the PBS to study in the UK. 

Pupils who commenced their studies in the UK prior to the 31st December 2020, and who wish to remain studying will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. This is a new requirement in immigration law, which asks EEA citizens to register the fact that they study in the UK and apply for the right to continue to study in the UK after free movement between the UK and the EU has ended. Registration will need to happen between the introduction of the process and, at the latest, 30th June 2021.

International pupils joining Downside from January 2021 onwards will need appropriate immigration permission and will need to apply for a Tier 4 Child Student Visa for which a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is required.

We very much look forward to meeting you.

With all good wishes,
Issy Hartnell
Director of Admissions