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Principal's Welcome

Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to Down High School, a thriving co-educational grammar school situated in the historic town of Downpatrick. The school is justly known for high academic standards and outstanding examination results, yet high quality pastoral care sits at the heart of our pursuit of excellence and guides every aspect of school life. The warm, friendly and caring atmosphere of Down High comes from the high value placed on relationships between pupils, staff and parents.

At Down High we celebrate the many talents and achievements of our pupils, but in particular we value effort.  We expect our students to be committed and resilient learners, to give their best in the classroom, as well as discover genuine interests that extend beyond the classroom. Through developing a true passion for learning and a capacity for independent thinking, the habits of success and sound character are realised at Down High. Students are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and to believe in their potential, since intelligence and ability are not regarded as fixed qualities. Reflected in our motto Absque Labore Nihil (‘nothing is achieved without effort') is our belief that there is no limit to what can be accomplished through hard work. Learning is a life-long activity that allows dreams to be fulfilled.

The development of core values such as respect, kindness and responsibility are given equal importance at Down High. This personal growth empowers each student to be the very best that they can be, attaining the highest possible academic standards as happy, well-rounded young people ready to make a positive contribution to our global community. We encourage our students to care for others and to take every opportunity to participate in making the world a better place.

I thank you for your interest in our website and trust that not only will you find it informative, but that it will offer you a taste of the exceptional  educational experience we offer. As an outward facing school we welcome visitors. Whether you are a past or future student, a prospective or current parent or an interested member of the community, please get in touch if you would like to see us at work. 


Mrs M Perry