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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

Admissions and Prospectus

School entrance

Children enter our Foundation Stage at the beginning of the academic year in which their fifth birthday falls.  All children born between 1st September and 31st August will start at The Downley School in September, either full time or part time as preferred.

  • Children who are five between 1st September and 31st December inclusive must begin as full time (08.45 a.m.-3.05 p.m.) children in the autumn term.
  • Children who are five between 1st January and 31st August inclusive have the option to start full time from September, or to continue part time (08.45 a.m.-12 noon) if preferred until January.

On completion of their foundation year, the children progress through Key Stage 1 and then through Key Stage 2 when they leave us and move on to the secondary phase of their education.

In the event of the number of applications for places at the school exceeding the number of places available, the criteria laid down by Buckinghamshire County Council will be followed in the allocation of places.  Full details of the admissions procedures are available both in the Bucks County Council booklet "Admission to Buckinghamshire Primary Schools - Guide for Parents" and on the council website

Click on this link to check whether your address is in the catchment area for The Downley School

The Downley School is an inclusive school and accepts all children regardless of their ability.  Where necessary, the curriculum is differentiated to make it fully accessible to all pupils. The SENDCO, will speak to parents/carers about specific needs prior to starting school. Those children that require an EHCP will also be supported and monitored by the SENDCO and their Phase Leader.  We are equipped with a disabled toilet and changing facilities and, whilst the school is on two floors, there is access to the upper floor via a lift for those with physical impairment. All parts of the School are fully accessible to wheelchair users.

To register an interest in the School, or to book an appointment to view the School, please contact Mrs Ovens in the School Office via email at or telephone 01494 527033.

September 2021 - 2022 Pupil Intake

In light of the national situation with Covid-19, we have had to change our approach with regards to our admissions process and how we will obtain consent and other important information from you. If your child is due to start school in September 2022 and you have any questions regarding their admission to school please email the school office.

In line with the current government guidance we are continuing with school tours outside of school hours. We would ask that any potential parents/carers follow guidance for social distancing, wear a mask and use hand sanitisers located around the school. We appreciate how important it is for you to choose the right school for your children and want to share our amazing school with you all which is why we have adapted our approach in order to allow this to happen. For any changes please keep checking the school website.

We have added a virtual tour of the EYFS classroom and outside leaning area.  Please click on the links below.

Thank your for your patience at this time.  - Classroom - Outside Learning Area