Following the Government directive, Downside School has closed for the time being. Whilst we are uncertain when we, along with other schools, will be able to open again for pupils and staff to return in person, we remain, as ever, a committed Downside community.

This is a time for imagination and courage, a chance to strip away the superficial busyness which sometimes blocks our view and to focus on what is of fundamental importance. We, at Downside, are reminded, at this time, to reiterate our core purpose:

In partnership with families and staff, guided by the Gospel and inspired by the rule of St. Benedict, we aim to educate each young person entrusted to our care to achieve the highest standards according to their ability, and to develop their gifts for the good of themselves and in the service of others.

This remains as true as ever, even though we are now dispersed around the globe. Our teachers continue to support the learning of all our pupils remotely and, whilst we may not be together physically, we retain a strong sense of community based on our partnership with families, which is so central to Downside.

All imminent School events have sadly been cancelled. The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have decided that there are to be no public Masses or other services from Friday, 20th March until further notice, therefore there will be no public services at Downside Abbey.

We will continue to send newsletters by email to share our news with you and to stay in touch.

Prospective families: please email our Admissions Team on, and Issy Hartnell will reply to your query.

Yours, as ever, Andrew Hobbs