House News

The Big Question

Arguing for atheists was Dr Martin Pickup of the University of Oxford against, for theism, Mr Graham Draper, a graduate of biosciences at the University of Bristol. It was a lively and interactive debate, very much along the lines of the Abingdon Society style of debating, with plenty of time for questions from the floor. […]


This week was Music Week and what a week of fantastic musical repertoire! From Monday to Thursday pupils and staff treated us to live performances each lunchtime including a fantastic Stevie Wonder cover from The Boas Brothers, a beautifully sung harmony piece written by our very own Julian McNamara and – possibly the highlight of […]

Sports Day 2018

The war-paint was slicked on, the banners were prepped… Sports Day 2018 took place on Friday 25th May.  Each year, our Inter-House Athletics competition takes place on the sports pitches with pupils from all houses taking part in a range of track and field events. This year, Caverel and Barlow won trophies as the winning […]

New House Mistress of Isabella House – Karen Westlake

We’re pleased to introduce Karen Westlake as the new House Mistress of Isabella House, appointed to replace Claire Murphy as she steps up to the role of Director of Pastoral Care.  Karen joins Downside as an experienced teacher and pastoral leader. She was previously Head of History at New Hall School, Essex, and, prior to […]