The Downs School celebrates the best and brightest as students receive offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities

A West Berkshire school is celebrating an all-time record with several of its students receiving conditional offers to Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities.

Five students from The Downs School, in Compton, have been accepted to Cambridge while another four are going to study at Oxford.

In addition, his three veterinary medicine students have already received at least one offer.

Year 13 Graduates: Sam Arnold, Jake Peto, Sam Herman, Henry Field, Principal Chris Prosser, Alexandra Rogers, Alexandra Jarrett, Maya Noonan, and Ellen Bentley

The Downs School said its sixth form has a proven record of success and “its results continually reflect its status as one of the best performing sixth forms in the country”.

Students accepted to Cambridge University are Sam Arnold, engineering student; Alexandra Jarrett, student of biological natural sciences; Maya Noonan, biological natural sciences student; Niamh Rasmussen, student of Asian and Middle Eastern studies; and Alexandra Rogers, student of human, social and political sciences.


Students accepted to Oxford University are Ellen Bentley, who is studying English language and literature; Henry Field, studying philosophy and psychology; Sam Herman, studying mathematics and Jake Peto, studying classics.

Students Ramya Evans and Haris Ali will study veterinary medicine at the University of Nottingham.

Student trainees at the school are also enthusiastic about their career and study prospects after graduation.

Polly Gibson is currently studying law, sociology, applied sciences and English language and will begin her internship at Bayer in September.

Ruby Martin, who is currently studying sociology, media, and English language, is interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

Director Chris Prosser with Polly Gibson, Ramya Evans, Haris Ali and Ruby Martin

Executive Director Ava Kite and Deputy Director Sam Schreiber are equally proud of the legacy they are leaving behind.

Both students have been instrumental in leading the student council, under the guidance of the sixth grade vice principal, Nicole Jaaqar.


Whether it’s hosting zoom calls or meetings with other schools in West Berkshire and Reading, the couple have connected with their peers discussing the issues that matter most to them.

Downland Federation Chief Executive Chris Prosser said: “As in previous years, I am incredibly proud of the work Sam and Ava have done to raise the profile of adolescent mental health at our school.”

Principal Chris Prosser with Principal Ava Kite, Principal Sam Schreiber and Sixth Form Assistant Principal Miss Jaaqar

Miss Kite joined Year 12 and will study humanities and natural sciences after graduation.

Mr. Schreiber has been a student at The Downs since Year 8 and is delighted to begin his career in television production.

The students all said they were nervous but excited to take on new challenges and apply their skills to the outside world, but first they all plan to enjoy some much-needed summer respite.


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