The Houses

Downside School Boarding Houses

Barlow House

House Master – Mr Simon Potter
Assistant – Mr Hugh Walters

Fourth Form boys (Year 10) share a modern and comfortable dormitory, Fifth and Sixth Form boys (Years 11, 12 and 13) have their own study bedrooms. Barlow House is named after St Ambrose Barlow, a monk of the community of St Gregory the Great, who was martyred in 1641.

Caverel House

House Mistress – Mrs Belinda Bouchard
Assistant – Mrs Andrea Maistrello

Caverel House is a boarding house for girls aged 13 to 18. Third Form (Year 9) girls share four-bed rooms, Fourth Form (Year 10) girls share two-beds rooms, Fifth and Sixth Form girls (Years 11, 12 and 13) have their own study bedrooms. Caverel House is named after Abbot Philip de Caverel. Born in 1555, he became Abbot of St Vedast’s at Arras in Normandy and later provided the monastic community with its first home at Douai.

Isabella House

House Mistress – Mrs Claire Murphy
Assistant – Dr Alca Ottewell

Isabella House is a boarding house for girls aged 11 to 18. Isabella House is named after Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia of Spain and Portugal who gave permission for the establishment of the English Benedictine community of St Gregory’s, Douai, in 1606, and promised it protection.

Powell House

House Master – Mr Jonathan Dolman
Assistant – Miss Sue Moody

Boys join Powell House for the junior years (forms 1, 2 and 3).  The accommodation – two dormitories subdivided into private living areas, a large, comfortable day room, and a well-equipped games room and kitchen – is excellent, and has recently been refurbished. The boys form lasting friendships outside their destined Senior House, living as a civilised and well-ordered community. Powell House takes its name from Blessed Philip Powell, a monk of St Gregory’s at Douai, who was martyred at Tyburn in 1646.

Roberts House

House Master – Mr Stephen Ottewell
Assistant – Mr David Pollard

Fourth Form boys (Year 10) share a modern and comfortable dormitory, Fifth and Sixth Form boys (Years 11, 12 and 13) have their own study bedrooms. Roberts House is named after St John Roberts, a member of the community now at Downside, who was martyred in 1610.

Smythe House

House Master – Mr John Storey
Assistant – Mr Toby Moschard

Smythe has large distinct rooms, a variety of dayrooms, and Hogwartian spiral stairs. Fourth Form boys (Year 10) share a modern and comfortable dormitory, Fifth and Sixth Form boys (Years 11, 12 and 13) have their own study bedrooms. Sir Edward Smythe, a Catholic and former student of St Gregory’s, offered the community shelter at his own house, Acton Burnell Hall, in Shropshire, after they were forced to flee from Douai in 1795.