- The Downs School (Berkshire)
Infobox UK school
name = The Downs School
type = Comprehensive
religion = Secular
head = Valerie Houldey
street = Manor Crescent
city = Compton
postcode = RG20 6NU
ofsted = 110102
enrollment = 944
gender = Co-educational
lower_age = 11
upper_age = 18
website = http://www.thedownsschool.org
The Downs School is a comprehensive
secondary schoolin rural Compton, Berkshire, England. It is a state school run by West BerkshireEducation Authority.
The Downs is a small school of about 1,000 pupils, but with the completion of the new
VI formbuilding, the number will rise. The school is located on Manor Crescent. The nearest major town is Newbury which is 8 miles away. Other neighbouring towns include Wantage, Didcot, Thatchamand Reading.Within a short walk of the school is the Compton village shop and the large Compton recreation ground. It is just over 2 miles from the East Ilsleyjunction of the A34.
The headmaster was Graham Taylor, but he retired after 22 years at the school. The new headteacher is Valerie Houldey.
The school is a specialist language college. This means that pupils have the chance to learn at least one foreign language, with the opportunity of learning others. The school has exchange visits to France, Germany and Spain. Sports tours are also annually organised. Teams have been to
Spain, Hollandand in 2007 went to Cyprus.
The school has a sixth form centre of about 150 students. It is located on the ground floor of the new Graham Taylor building (GT). Subjects range from all the sciences to politics, economics, law and media studies.
* [http://www.thedownsschool.org The Downs School website]
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