It’s nearly the end of the first week of the Michaelmas Term at Downside School and our new pupils are settling in nicely.

Some have journeyed a long way to join the wonderful Downside community, coming from Africa, China and South America, for example. For others, they have joined us as day pupils from local prep and primary schools such as All Hallows School or Kilmersdon C of E Primary School, and use our handy daily minibus to get them to and from home.

“I really love all the sports you can do here, especially hockey – it’s different from my old school in Nigeria.” New boarder, Year 9

“Science is now my favourite lesson. The food is the best!” New day pupil, Year 9

“I feel so welcome. Everyone is always smiling.” New boarder, Year 12