Downside is and always has been so much more than just a place of education. It has a unique and almost unrivalled network of followers who demonstrate an extraordinary degree of loyalty.
Downside alumni are called Old Gregorians (OGs). The School has always facilitated their on-going interaction by organising reunions all over the world, as well keeping them in touch with the School and each other via newsletters, magazines, social media and the School website.
The Downside OG network is second to none as a vibrant and active group. The values learned at Downside of welcome, concern for the individual, building community, listening and humility characterise an Old Gregorian. They are the ones most likely to raise money for charity or do the washing up after a party!
‘The ethos at Downside is very centred around living within a big society, with people with different characters from different cultures and this helped prepare me for university life, and life in general for that matter.’ Tasie Morgan (C15) – Old Gregorian, Vet
Getting on the career ladder or taking that next step in your professional development can be a daunting prospect and we try hard to facilitate professional networking for all our members. This provides a much broader network of support and experience than would otherwise be possible alone.
Starting at school, we hold a career seminar every year when OGs come back to speak to Sixth Form pupils about various career options, pathways to get to them there, and likely pitfalls on the way. As pupils go on to university and feel clearer about the direction they are likely to take, we can put them in touch with OGs willing to mentor them, provide work experience or just have an informal chat. Once part of the world of work, we arrange professional networking events for OGs. The opportunity to share ideas and build relationships with people who live by the same code of conduct can be very valuable in so many ways in today’s turbulent and frantically busy world. They are also a great opportunity to chat over their old school days and reminisce about their wonderful memories of Downside.
Downside is unique in how it provides an enriched education, fundamentally developing its pupils as well-rounded individuals… In a world that is increasingly competitive and complex, my time at Downside could not have prepared me better for later life. Charlie Harboard (R12) – Old Gregorian, Corporate & Financial Communications
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