The Admissions Process

To begin the Downside School admissions process please contact our Admissions Department to discuss your child’s application.

You will find it helpful to then visit us either for an Open Day or a private visit, we would be delighted to welcome you and your family.

Admissions Process for Downside School

If you then wish to proceed with the admissions process we will ask you to register your child and pay the £100 registration fee to reserve their place.

Once we have registered your child we will arrange entry tests. We will also obtain reports and references from your child’s current school. Successful completion of the entry tests will be followed by an offer of a guaranteed, or conditional, place at Downside.

We then ask parents to pay the £1.000 deposit, as a confirmation of the offer. This is held by the School until the payment of the final bill on leaving Downside School.

Admission for boys and girls to Downside is normally at 11+ into the First Form (Year 7), at 13+ into the Third Form (Year 9), or at 16+ into the Lower Sixth Form (Year 12). Places occasionally become available for boys and girls for admission at 12+ into the Second Form (Year 8) or at 14+ into the Fourth Form (Year 10).

Downside School’s Admissions procedure aims to ensure that boys and girls who join Downside School are able to be happy, successful and secure within its academic, cultural, pastoral and spiritual environment, whether they are boarders or day pupils. Click here to download our Admissions Policy. 


Click here to download a Registration Form
Click here to pay the registration fee of £100

Non-EU Applicants

Downside School is a UKiset associate school. We require all children applying for a place at our school, who have English as their second language, to present their UKiset results on application.

Please register your child for the test by clicking here.

Register for UKiset

UKiset can be taken at approved test centres in over 130 countries worldwide. For further details visit the UKiset website. If the test has already been taken please ask for the results to be sent to Downside School by completing the ‘School Selection Form’.

School Selection

We shall respond accordingly after we have considered an application.

To download brochure:
UKiset for Parents, click here
UKiset for Agents, click here.

A deposit of one full terms fees in advance is required.  This is held by the School until payment of the final bill when leaving Downside.

We look forward to receiving your application.