Statutory Information

Below is an overview of our statutory information. To view this information in more detail click on the links below or on the menu on the right of this screen.

School Prospectus

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Dowdales is a Good school with many outstanding features.

Ofsted, the office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, carried out an inspection of the school in November 2013.

For more information regarding Ofsted, including our most recent Ofsted report click here

Examinations & Qualifications

At Dowdales students are prepared for their GCSE examinations from the outset.

We have end of year exams in each core subject: English, Maths and Science every year, starting at the end of Year 7. This ensures that by the end of Year 11 when the examination season begins students have a real knowledge and experience of what it is like to sit in the exam hall and, more importantly, how you prepare for the exam situation.

For more information regarding Examinations & Qualifications, including a list of qualifications available click here

Disadvantaged Students & Year 7 Catch Up Funding

Additional funding is given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, like special schools and pupil referral units.

For more information regarding Disadvantaged Students and Year 7 Catch Up Funding, including funding allocation click here

Department for Education

The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for education and children’s services in England. They work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances.

To visit the website for the Department for Education click here

To see the Department for Education Achievement and attainment performance data for Dowdales School click here


To view our current policies click here


Teaching and learning is at the heart of all we do. Excellent teaching across the curriculum inspires students to outstanding outcomes.

For more information on the curriculum at Dowdales click here