Downside School Tops the League

Downside School’s A Level results are at the ‘top of the league’ in Somerset for the second year running, as announced by the Department of Education (DfE) today Downside is a top performing school in a top performing region, and, nationally, Downside tops the table for Catholic co-educational independent schools. One national trend shows that […]

Pupils perform alongside Tenebrae

Downside pupils were thrilled to have the opportunity to sing alongside the world-famous chamber choir, Tenebrae, on Sunday.  Under the direction of internationally acclaimed conductor, Nigel Short, the pupils pushed themselves to a new level of performance having earlier enjoyed a rehearsal with the renowned singers. The late-autumnal setting of the Abbey Church was made particularly […]

Monks welcome record number of visitors to mark the end of the ‘Year of Mercy’

The Monastic Community of Downside Abbey welcomed record numbers of visitors to celebrate the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, last Saturday. With a full-day of talks and tours, the celebrations culminated in a Mass service led by Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation, Abbot Richard Yeo. Many felt that although it will be […]


This morning Br John George concluded his novitiate year and made vows of stability, conversatio morum and obedience for three years. His formation in the monastic life will continue and we pray that he will persevere to life vows in 2019. Br John comes from our parish in Little Malvern, Worcestershire, and was reminded in […]