Pupil News


Have you ever wondered how fast a rocket car made of foam can go? On 21 September, four local primary schools will have the opportunity to find out as they join us here at Downside for an exciting Sciencescope ‘Race for the Line’ event.  Pupils and teachers from Chewton Mendip, St Benedict’s, Kilmersdon and Bishop […]


This September has seen an exciting new development in the school’s curriculum. For the first time, the school is proud to offer a GCSE in Computer Science. Over the coming months, pupils will learn how to program a computer, how the internet works and also look at cyber-crime and prevention.  Mr Ramsden, Head of Computing, […]

Downside pupils at Buckingham Palace

Still buzzing with Royal Wedding excitement, we were thrilled for a large number of senior Downside pupils (and recent leavers) who were invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace this week. The pupils were awarded their Duke of Edinburgh Gold awards at the event, the award requires dedicated service and physical activity over […]

Concerto Competition 2018

Downside pupils took part in the 2018 Concerto Competition, on Sunday evening. The annual event is a real highlight in the musical calendar at Downside, with impressive performances from our talented musicians.  Director of Music, Julian McNamara, was pleased to welcome Gillian Oswell as adjudicator for the competition, and the panel enjoyed performances from the […]