School News

DOWNSIDE SCHOOL VISITS ROME

Last week 25 GCSE Religious Studies pupils and four staff from Downside travelled to Rome, the centre of the Catholic Church, to visit sites of classical antiquity and soak up the atmosphere from Ancient Rome to the modern day. Their base was the summer villa of the English College, the beautiful Palazzola, which overlooks Lake […]

THE INVENTORS OF TOMORROW

At Downside School in Somerset we encourage entrepreneurial spirit. Pupils have the freedom and support to think big, aim high and create unique work across the curriculum and wider curriculum. A longer school day and Sunday afternoons messing about in Art & Design provide plenty of time to nurture creativity. Fifth Form Design & Technology […]

COMPUTER SCIENCE AT A LEVEL

“Everybody … should learn to program a computer … because it teaches you how to think” – Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple In September 2017, Downside School took the unprecedented step of introducing one period of Computer Science to all First and Second Form pupils. The course was so successful that, the following September, […]

GLORIOUS GLORIA!

Last night, Downside Abbey Church was filled with a feast of music that was Gloria! And what a concert it was… Mr McNamara was at his most inspiring as he conducted the vast assembled forces with professional skill and contagious enthusiasm. Indeed, his own enjoyment of every aspect of the performances was evident from the […]