New Head Master announced
16 May 2018
We are delighted to announce that the Governors and Trustees have appointed Andrew Hobbs as the new Head Master for Downside School with effect from 1st September 2018.
Mr Hobbs said of the news, “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Head Master and am excited about the journey ahead. Downside is a very special place and I look forward to building on the strong foundation of excellence that ensures our pupils continue to enter into the world as powerful ambassadors for good.”
The Chair of Governors, Adrian Aylward, said, “We’re delighted to appoint Andrew as Head Master. He is completely committed to further raising standards across all areas of school life and to the Benedictine values that define the character of Downside and its pupils.”
Andrew was educated at Worth School and read classics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he also gained a rugby blue. He taught at Canford School where he was Head of Classics and then a House Master before joining Downside as Deputy Head in 2008 and becoming Acting Head in January of this year. After a competitive process, which attracted a strong field of candidates from around the world, including serving Heads, the Governors are convinced of Andrew’s commitment to further raising standards across school life, the pursuit of excellence, and the espousal of the Benedictine values that make Downside such a special place.