The Downs Malvern


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: (Boys) (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1900

General Information

The Downs is an outstanding day, weekly, flexi and full boarding school for girls and boys from 3 – 13 years. Associated with Malvern College, the school is set within its own impressive 55-acre campus on the western edge of the Malvern Hills. The school is well known for its first class education in a very secure, caring and extremely well resourced environment. All children are encouraged to do their very best academically, creatively, physically, socially and spiritually so that they may achieve beyond their greatest expectations. Our boarders receive a hugely supportive and homely boarding experience in which each develops high levels of self-confidence. The boarding provision is excellent and the pastoral care is exemplary. The independent thinking and resourcefulness of our pupils ensures that they are empowered by the confidence that their success brings.

To support the academic programme, there are a large number of extra-curricular activities from which all children find something outside the curriculum that enthuses and inspires them. The opportunity for a seamless progression and a continuation of our education programme to our associated Senior School, Malvern College, is obvious. However, children at The Downs Malvern are also prepared for a wide range of alternative Senior Schools across the country at 13+.

Pupils at The Downs have a strong sense of social awareness; they are courteous and caring and high standards of behaviour are the norm. The strong sense of community founded on outstanding relationships between pupils and between pupils and the teachers is our trademark.


Pupils benefit from superb extra-curricular, boarding (full, weekly or flexi) and sports facilities, including a multi million pound sports hall, art studio, fully equipped science laboratories, computer suite and an all- weather sports pitch. The latest inspection enthused: "The school offers an excellent educational experience. Throughout the school the pupils' achievement is excellent and they reach high standards both in their academic work and in a wide range of extra-curricular activities." (ISI, May 2012) The distinctive ethos and vision of the school is to "provide a first class education in a secure, caring and disciplined environment, where every pupil can fulfil his or her unique potential- academically,creatively, physically, socially and spiritually”.

Open Days

2019. Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, 9.30am - 4.30pm


2018/2019. Day: Reception-Year 8, £2369 - £5692 per term. Weekly Boarding: Pre-Prep-Year 8, £4294 - £6630 per term. Full Boarding: Pre-Prep-Year 8, £4880 - £7534 per term.


ISI Inspection 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Alastair S Cook

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Katherine Cox, Registrar

The Downs Malvern
Brockhill Road
WR13 6EY

[t]: 01684 544100 (Enquiries); 01684 544108 (Registrar)
[f]: 01684 544105

Location Description

The Downs Malvern is situated on the Western edge of the Malvern Hills and set in a beautiful 55 acre campus.

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School News

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‘Well done’ to the children in Pre-Prep, who performed brilliantly in their production of ‘Hats Off!’ on Tuesday 26th June. Together with the glorious weather,

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the evening was a perfect way to end the year in Pre-Prep.

Many thanks must go to the parents for helping to provide all of the fabulous costumes and to the Pre-Prep staff for putting the performance together and helping it to run so smoothly. ‘Well done’, everyone!


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After Year 8 finished their exams, they were treated to three weeks of fun-filled activites, trips and expeditions – the Leavers’ Experience.

Their first trip was

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a ‘physics’ trip to Alton Towers, where the children got to let off steam having just finished their exams.

They then took part in the annual ‘Creative Day’, where they could choose from a number of activities: art, where they were creating the props and set for the junior production of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, willow weaving, cookery, pottery and metalwork and woodwork, where they were making a stylish candle holder.

After struggling through ‘Strongy’s Stumble’ in the morning on Thursday, the children got to then try their hand at grassboarding – a great afternoon!

Their next trip was an exciting day trip to London, where they visited the Royal Academy of Arts, walked through Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, passing famous landmarks such asNelson’s Column, Horse Guards, The Cenotaph and No 10 Downing Street, before they arrived at The Palace of Westminster for a tour of Parliament.

Finally, the children got to enjoy a four-day expedition to Cwm Llwch, during which they tried canoeing, gorge-walking, climbing, abseiling and raft-building!

These are just some of the exciting activities that the children got to experience. It was a fantastic three weeks full of wonderful memories! ‘Well done’ Year 8!


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On Friday 29th June, the children, staff and parents all gathered in the Sports Hall for the end-of-term Speech Day and Prize Giving. The sun

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was shining and the day, as always, was a huge success.

A huge ‘well done’ to, not only all of the children who won a prize, but to everyone, for all of their hard work and effort over the year! We are proud of each and every one of you.

Congratulations must also go to Iona and Tom, who will be the new Head Girl and Head Boy. ‘Many thanks’ to Sophia and Sam for all of their hard work in their roles this past year.


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Many congratulations to the U13 Girls’ cricket team who won the Malvern College ‘Eight8’s’ tournament on Sunday 10th June. The team beat Packwood Haugh in

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a very close final, making them the crowned champions!

All of the girls played tremendously well and withstood the Packwood pressure in the final. Lucy was awarded a cricket ball by England cricketer, Roger Tolchard, for taking a hat-trick in the final.

‘Well done’ everyone!

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The Year 8 children hosted the annual French Day, as part of their Leavers’ Experience.

The first part of the afternoon was in the cafés, which

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the Year 8 children had put together. The other children throughout the school went to the café that belonged to their house and had to practise their French by ordering what they wanted from a choice of different French pastries – délicieux!

Afterwards, the children got to enjoy the variety of fun activities and games that the Year 8s had created, all of which involved, in some way, having to practise their French. There was face painting, dressing up, cake decorating, croquet and even having the chance to throw a wet sponge at two very willing volunteers – Sam and Alex!

The afternoon was, as always, a huge success, where all of the children involved were able to have a fun-filled afternoon whilst practising and perfecting their French. Merci, Year 8 and Madame Ingram!


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Before Half Term, the children in Pre-Prep spent some time looking at the Matandani School in Malawi. For several years, Pre-Prep have carried out fundraising

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events to support the development of this school. During the week, they looked at the school and learnt all about school life there.

The children wrote some wonderful letters and drew some fantastic pictures to send to their friends in Matandani. They also gathered colouring pencils, writing pencils, note pads, colouring books and stamps to send to them.

Over Half Term, Mrs Watts parcelled up all of the wonderful items that the children donated and she sent them to the school, where they will be much appreciated and enjoyed!

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Pre-Prep had a fantastic week learning about all things ‘Africa’ last term. The week began with a talk from the Headmaster, Mr Cook, to Years

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1 and 2. Before becoming Headmaster, Mr Cook lived in both Kenya and Zimbabwe, so he had lots of interesting things to tell the children! The children were fascinated to hear all the Headmaster’s stories about what it was like to both grow up and live in these wonderful countries and he then taught the children some Swahili words!

Pre-Prep then had a fantastic experience with ‘Beat Feet’, spending the morning in a drum workshop, learning how to play the African drums. Jude taught the children all the different sounds you can make with your hands and they worked together to sing some well-known songs along with their drums!

The children then spent the afternoon making their very own drums, using items from home that they brought in.

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We had a tremendous response to our Lent Term Art Competition on the theme of ‘Teamwork, Working Together, Supporting Each Other’. Mrs Pritchard, Head of

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Art at Malvern College, kindly came over to judge and she was extremely impressed with the standard of all the entries. All of the works were transferred to St Edmunds Hall at Malvern College for inclusion in their special anniversary exhibition celebrating 25 years of co-education.

‘Congratulations’ to Harry, Iona and Abigail for winning first, second and third prize respectively and to all those who achieved ‘Highly Commended’. Morgan (Year 3), was awarded the Aidan Meller Junior Art Cup for her skilfully modelled art work showing two rowers.


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‘Congratulations’ to 15 of our Year 8 Scholarship pupils, who have achieved 21 Academic, Art, Drama, Design Technology, Music or Sports awards to 3 different

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senior schools next year.

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We are so pleased that a brand new Eco-Schools Committee has begun at the school.

Staff are delighted with the group of volunteers and the children

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will now be working hard as a team to achieve the prestigious ‘Eco-Schools Green Flag Award’.

The new committee includes pupils from Years 1 to 8, two parent volunteers and three members of staff.

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On Tuesday 16th January, Year One went on a super trip to The Royal Infirmary Museum in Worcester.

The children took part in a workshop all

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about measuring health. This involved, among other things, taking their own temperature and oxygen saturation levels, as well as seeing how flexible they all were! (The children were far more flexible than the adults!)

The children were incredibly well-behaved on the train and walking around Worcester – a lovely day out was had by all!

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On Tuesday 16th January, nine girls went to Malvern College for a Netball masterclass with ex-England Captain, Pamela Cookey.

The afternoon consisted of a presentation, ‘Question

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and Answer’ session, a coaching session and, finally, a small tournament.

The girls played brilliantly in the tournament against The Elms, Moor Park, Prestfelde and Beaudesert, losing only one match out of the four.

A fantastic day – the girls came away inspired for the rest of their Netball season!

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The Pre-Prep department recently had a ‘Storytelling’ themed week! The week involved a number of fun, and exciting, activities!

The beginning of their week began with

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a visit from the Hobgoblin Theatre Company, whospent the afternoon with the staff and pupils. They acted out ‘The Frog Prince’, which was followed by an entertaining and imaginative drama workshop that all the children enjoyed taking part in!

Year 2 then went on a trip to The Hive, in Worcester! They took the train from Colwall train station, and arrived at The Hive, wherethey were shown the different sections of the children’s library and watched how the returns machine sorted the books to ensure they were delivered back to the issuing library. They were shown how to search for titles and then enjoyed some free time reading and looking at a range of fiction and non fiction books!

Meanwhile, Year 1 went on a more local trip, down to Colwall Library!They spent some time looking through books and sharing them together before finishing with a story.

The week ended with a brilliant day in Forest School, where they were visited by a guest storyteller, Chris Holland!Chris bought a didgeridoo, a xylophone and a cajon drum, which helped bring his story telling alive. The stories he told us included ‘How the Robin got his Red Breast’ and ‘Why Frogs are Timid’. The children enjoyed making stick dogs and tying loggers hitches to them in order to take them for a walk.The children did what children should do in mud – they slipped and slid everywhere! The fire burnt all day and it was a very tired Pre- Prep that returned to school at the end of the day!

A big ‘thank you’ to the Pre-Prep staff for organising such a brilliant, and successful, week for the pupils! And to all of the guests and visitors who helped make the week so exciting.

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On Saturday 8th October, the u13 girls’ hockey team participated in the Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls’ tournament. It proved to be an absolutely fantastic

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day for our senior girls!

From the start of every match, they went out attacking hard and showed some outstanding teamwork on the pitch. Showing off skills and positioning that they have been working at in training, they backed each other well, and every goal scored was through beautifully worked team play and brilliant assists.

Facing HMSG B, Malvern St James, St John’s-on-the-Hill, HMSG A, and Moor Park through the day, they scored 22 goals and conceded only 1.

Heading into the final match of the day, against Moor Park, both teams were on equal points and it was a hard-fought match. The Downs Malvern were truly outstanding and it was a well-deserved 2-0 victory that sealed their lead in the tournament.

The girls loved every minute and they were able to learn from each other and from each match to ensure they kept getting stronger. Not only were they phenomenal sports women, but they were good ambassadors for the school – polite and gracious to their opposition.

Well done girls!

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On Wednesday 19th October, Year 4 went on a fantastic trip to Harvington Hall.

Whilst on thetrip, Year 4 learned all about the infamous Priest Hides,

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designed by Nicholas Owen. Theyhad the opportunity to squeeze in to one of the hidden hidey-holes and tryto remain as silent as possible!This proved to be quite challenging for some (!), but helped them see how difficult it would have been for the priests to stay quiet for over two days, whilst the searchers tried to find them

The childrenpretended to be rich Tudors, learning about Tudor clothing and etiquette and were taught a couple of dances, which was great fun!
Theyalso experienced what life ‘downstairs’ would have been like, becoming house servants and learning about the kitchens, food, jobs and expectations.

Some gruesome, grotty and gory pieces of information were enjoyed, including how Nicholas Owen was ‘stretched’ as part of his torture and how clothes were hung in the toilet (garderobe) because moths and fleas didn’t like the odour that expelled from that particular room!

All of Year 4 came home with happy memories of a very educational and enjoyable day.

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