School News

MICHAELMAS MATILDA

‘Matilda told such Dreadful Lies, It made one Gasp and Stretch one’s Eyes…’ The second ‘Michaelmas Matilda’ took place on Thursday 8th October – National Poetry Day. The performing of Hilaire Belloc‘s cautionary verse Matilda (to fellow pupils and Downside staff) is a First Form tradition that is unique to Downside. The pupils worked with School […]

HISTORY BOARDS

We are absolutely delighted to unveil our new History Boards – an illustrated at-a-glance guide to some of the fascinating history of Downside School. The boards include the founding of the community, the move to England, visits by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) and Queen Mary, the Old Gym fire and the date the […]

COMPUTER SCIENCE AT DOWNSIDE

Head of Computing, Ian Ramsden, is committed to inspiring our pupils – from the First Form up to A level – to enjoy computer science, become accomplished programmers, and develop (transferable) skills such as problem solving, objective evaluation and logical thinking. He is joined in the department this year by Siobhan Allen, a certified Microsoft […]

THIRD FORM ON RETREAT

Every year, each of our year groups go off-timetable to pause and reflect on retreat. For some it’s the first time they have experienced a retreat or lectio (a special way of reading the Bible). For everyone it’s an opportunity to forge new friendships, strengthen existing ones, connect with faith, and discover more about oneself. […]