School News

LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES: READING FOR PLEASURE

More children were reading during lockdown. Not because someone was telling them to or because they had to for school, but because they had time to pick up a novel or listen to an audiobook. And they say that they enjoyed the experience. A tiny thread of a silver lining glitters. Rights for Readers This […]

PRE-SEASON TENNIS RESIDENTIAL

Before the start of the Summer Term, nine girls from the Fifth and Lower Sixth Forms were invited to attend the first ever tennis preseason residential camp at Downside. The standard of commitment and dedication to develop both their tactical and physical fundamentals of the game was outstanding. The residential began with a visit from […]

MAY MORNING MADRIGALS 2021

Saturday 1st May 2021 saw the in-person return to one of Downside’s much-loved traditions – the May Morning Madrigals. The weather was bright and cheery as the Downside Schola began their early-morning climb to the top of the Roberts Tower to perpetuate the 500-year-old tradition – which originated in Oxford – of singing madrigals to […]

PRE-SEASON CRICKET RESIDENTIAL

Prior to the start of the Summer Term, the Downside 1st XI Cricket Squad enjoyed a two-day residential training camp at the School. The boys who attended worked on a mixture of open-wicket scenarios as well as technical net sessions to prepare themselves for the season ahead. Day one saw the group address their aims […]