About Us

As One. Aim High. Lead by Example.


We are a proud, thriving, ambitious community. We maintain the proud traditions of everything ‘Dowdalian’. We are a school judged Ofsted ‘GOOD’ in all areas. July 2019.


Students and staff are proud to be part of the Dowdales community, proud of a community that has been recognised as ‘close knit’ where ‘pupils are well known and well cared for’. At Dowdales students feel safe, are well supported and are recognised as having good manners.


All staff have high expectations of what students can achieve and their strong subject knowledge allows students to make good progress and excel. In addition, our teaching also develops a strong moral purpose as we guide students to debate social justice and equal opportunities. Our teaching has been judged as highly effective.


Outcomes at Dowdales are good and above national averages. Students have a solid and varied curriculum. Our curriculum is judged as a real ‘strength’ with ‘clear intent and vision’. Students can follow subjects that they are interested in at GCSE and that will lead them to the careers/progression that they wish to take. Many students move to A-level and university or to jobs in the local area such as higher level BAE apprentices.


At Dowdales students are well known and cared for. Our pastoral systems are strong and teachers plan to ensure that the behaviour in lesson supports an atmosphere of learning.


Our extra-curricular and enrichment provision allows students to enjoy and pursue their interests, whether that be Sport, STEM, Creative/Performing Arts or Languages. Our exciting partnerships allow students to work with professionals from companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Lancaster University, The Wordsworth Trust and more.

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"Pupils behave well. Typically, pupils are polite, conscientious, and proud of their school. This is a close-knit community where pupils are well known and well cared for" - Ofsted Ofsted, the office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, carried out an inspection of the school in July 2019.

Click the icon above to download our latest Ofsted report.

Special Educational Needs

We are supportive and inclusive with the needs of students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) being met in our mainstream setting. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children, which is differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities.

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Dowdales School is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. To achieve our commitment, we will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust Safeguarding processes and procedures that promote a culture of Safeguarding amongst our staff and volunteers. Click the icon above to visit our Safeguarding page.​

Disadvantaged Students (Pupil Premium)

All publically funded schools in England receive additional funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students so as to close the gap that exists nationally between themselves and their peers. Click on the icon above for more information.

We are a proud, thriving and ambitious community. Here, we work together, as one, to ensure that everyone thrives in everything that they do. As a whole school, and as individuals, we aim high: wanting the very best for all. Everyone in Dowdales School leads by example ensuring that we treat each other as we want to be treated ourselves.​

Our Sports Centre (DASH) is available to the wider community to hire, out of school hours. Facilities and courts available for hire include badminton, netball, basketball, volleyball, 5-a-side football, indoor athletics, cricket nets and an outdoor floodlit area which has just been renovated into an artificial pitch.​

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Dowdales School will be closed tomorrow Monday 4th December