Downside Sixth Form

The last two years of your school life are the most important part of your school career, from the subjects you choose at A level to gaining a place at your first choice university.

Downside Sixth Form

“Downside has taught me the true meaning of independence and dedication both in and out of my studies, and given me the confidence to trust my own decisions.”
Georgia O’Keeffe, Current Sixth Former 


We welcome new pupils into the Sixth Form. It is a vibrant and inclusive community, working collaboratively with teachers, and encouraging independent learning and thought. You will enjoy the independence and new opportunities that come with life at a boarding school in England.

These two years are the springboard to your future life and career and we have experienced professionals available throughout the Sixth Form to help you. They will advise on how to take forward your UCAS application and will help with fast track planning if you have the potential to study at Oxbridge, Russell Group or Ivy League universities.

Downside Sixth Form will give you the chance to take on more responsibility, to show leadership and service. There are key roles in the School such as Head of School, Head of House, Captain of sports teams and CCF appointments as well as a host of extra opportunities in performing arts. You can join a range of societies, debate topical issues and discover, explore and establish your own values and opinions. 

Adding value at A level

We are delighted to announce that, for adding value at A level, Downside has been placed second in Somerset and 39th nationally in the DFE performance tables, ranking our value added score in the top 30 independent schools in England. Click here to read more.

Sixth Form Open Morning

Each Autumn, we host an Open Morning for Sixth Formers It’s an essential opportunity for Year 11 pupils to find out why the Downside Sixth Form is the perfect springboard to university and your future career. The next Sixth Form Open Morning will be October 2021, but you can also come to our May Open Morning on 15th May, or arrange a private and/or virtual visit at any time to suit you. Drop our Admissions team an email today to express your interest. Click here to watch Sixth Former Georgia’s Subject Fair talk about life at Downside.

Downside focuses on traditional academic subjects and boasts an enviable record of students achieving entry to their first-choice universities. Scholarships, Exhibitions and All-Rounder awards are available at 16+ for outstanding pupils. Contact our Admissions Department for the current Scholarship and Entry Examination Dates.

Applying for Sixth Form

Pupils entering the Sixth Form are expected to achieve the entry requirements for the subjects they wish to study at A level. Click here to access the A level options booklet.