Head Master’s Welcome

A warm welcome to you … to the website for Downside, one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools.

A Benedictine school education is unique: with Christ at its centre it aims to educate young people to develop as future leaders for 21st Century society. Downside is uncompromising in the pursuit of academic ‘excellence’ and also aims to develop the character of your child, emphasising the importance of moral courage, integrity and service to others.

The highest standards are aimed for in sport, both in terms of performance and sportsmanship, while our tradition of inspired productions in the arts is second-to-none. The school endeavours, in addition, to provide your child with what may be referred to as a sense of ‘the poetry of life’, a sense of its beauty, form, mystery and joy. Everyone who comes here remarks on the happy atmosphere and I sincerely hope that you will come and see it for yourself. It is truly a remarkable, inspiring place.

Due to COVID-19 we are unable to welcome you in person to Downside at this time. However, you are welcome to make an appointment with us to explore our School and talk to the Head Master, the Director of Admissions and Heads of Department from the comfort of your home. We would be delighted to welcome you, albeit virtually, to our wonderful school. Click here to make an appointment.

Andrew Hobbs
Head Master