Life as a Day Pupil
21 Jan 2018
At Downside what we strive for on behalf of all our girls and boys can be summed up in the words ‘a life fully lived’. One shining example of this idea in action is the opportunities and advantages offered to those who choose to be day pupils with us. In this part of the country, we believe that we offer the best combination of academic focus, co-curricular breadth and pastoral care. We are also proud to offer an alternative to flexi-boarding, Day Plus.
Our Day – and Day Plus – options makes possible a combination of features that helps not only the pupil, but the whole family to live a full life, too.
Our school day fits the working day and with everything on one beautiful rural campus rushing to after-school activities is a thing of the past. This gives the family significant flexibility at no extra cost. Parents tell us that this added freedom has a very positive impact on the quality of time at home. We also have minibuses running from Frome, Bath and the Chew Valley.
Also, many of our day pupils stay as late as 9.00pm, meaning that prep and exam revision can be done in a supervised atmosphere, surrounded by other pupils. Again, parent feedback tells us that this is not only effective, but helps home life for the child. There is an added option of booking in for a Day Plus package, enabling your child to stay at school overnight for up to three nights per week.
Furthermore, all meals, including supper if required, can be taken at school by our day and day-plus pupils. So, you can relax and let our caterers take the responsibility of feeding a hungry teenager!
Lastly, it is an acknowledged truth that there is real value in the boarding experience – the development of independence, a sense of purpose and social confidence. Downside welcomes day pupils into the very heart of the place, but it is fundamentally a boarding school, meaning that our day pupils benefit enormously from constant exposure to this boarding ethos. Rather than offering ‘flexi-boarding’, which can prove disruptive to routine, we can provide day-plus for your day pupil, whereby they can sample boarding life on regular days.
Given all this, we believe the day option at Downside offers a value for money unparalleled in the South West. We’d love to welcome you to Downside for a private visit or Open Day. Click here to contact our Admissions team today.