What it’s really like to board at a Benedictine School in Somerset

Pride, belonging, purpose and enjoyment – these qualities may resonate with you for a variety of reasons. For our pupils, parents, and staff, these four words represent the experiences of pupils at Downside, created out of a solid foundation of excellent pastoral care.

Experiences that last a lifetime at Boarding School

Our six boarding houses are each defined by a unique sense of identity; they are named after a martyr or benefactor from the School’s history. The pupils are proud of their houses and the system enables a strong sense of belonging – especially when it comes to the popular inter-house competitions! The boarding houses are led by a House Master or House Mistress and are supported by a team of dedicated pastoral staff, including house parents and resident tutors.

Downside pupils benefit from having such a strong team of pastoral staff looking out for their personal development. In addition, to support in the boarding house, any medical needs can be dealt with at the on-site health centre, which is open 24 hours a day. The chaplaincy team assist with spiritual needs, leading retreats and prayer, underpinned by the core Benedictine values that influence life at Downside; for more information on the Rule of St. Benedict, click here.

The inclusive culture at Downside is honed around an awareness of others, concern for the individual and a respect between staff and pupils. Downside’s pastoral staff always look out for the well-being of every pupil, and with a constant flow of activities to get involved with around the school – including music, drama, and sport – there’s always something exciting going on, so every mind is well occupied

Life after Downside School

As our pupils move through the School, they develop lifelong friendships and connections amongst their peer group; they may also meet a number of Old Gregorians (alumni) at hosted talks and events. Upon leaving Downside, –our pupils are able to join the OG network,– enabling them to keep in touch with other leavers, build their professional connections, and enable them, in their future, to help future pupils at Downside. To find out more about the Old Gregorians network, click here.

Contact us for more information

Deciding where to spend your school years can be a difficult decision. At Downside, we are more than happy to accommodate prospective pupils for visits and trial days before you commit to your decision.

To find out more, why not download a prospectus – or come to visit on an Open Day? If you would like any more information, at any stage, please feel free to give us a call on 01761 235104.