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Aims & Values

“Nothing achieved without effort.”

At Down High School, we believe that through high aspirations, perseverance and commitment every pupil can enjoy school life as they succeed and fulfill their potential.

We aim to:

  • Promote wellbeing by providing a safe, caring and supportive environment for every member of our school community
  • Nurture life-long friendships and positive relationships through respect for diversity and sensitivity towards others
  • Foster personal qualities such as kindness, optimism, integrity and respect
  • Develop leadership, independence, confidence and resilience in every pupil
  • Encourage curiosity, creativity and resourcefulness in pupils who, as fully engaged learners, embrace the knowledge and skills required for a changing world
  • Inspire participation, effort and excellence in the rich extra-curricular life of the school
  • Raise pupils’ awareness of the world around them and their wider responsibilities as members of society
  • Celebrate the strong partnerships within the Down High School community

At Down High School our core value of RESPECT means:


 At Down High School we value doing the right thing


 At Down High School  we value trying our best


 At Down High School we value high achievement


 At Down High School we value rising to a challenge


 At Down High School we value our diversity


 At Down High School we value our positive relationships


 At Down High School we value each other