It is with great sadness that we announce that Adrian Aylward, our Chair of Governors, died last Thursday 9th April after a short illness (unrelated to Coronavirus).

Adrian had a long association with Downside, and his contribution was colossal, most especially in recent years as the School’s Chair of Governors. His commitment and energy were central to the successful establishment of Downside School as a new and independent trust. We will forever be grateful to him and he will be remembered by us all with huge respect and tremendous affection. 

Adrian’s family have expressed their gratitude for your prayers and for the kind messages they have received during the last weeks. We ask you to continue to remember Adrian, his wife Caroline, and his children, Molly, Joseph and Freya, in your prayers.

Today we joined as a community to remember Adrian and his family in a short prayer service conducted by Father James and the Head Master. Click here to watch the service.