It’s only been two weeks since the start of the Michaelmas Term, but our new pupils are settling in well.

Some new joiners have journeyed a long way to join our Downside community, coming from Nigeria, Chile and Hong Kong, for example. They know, however, that despite the current pandemic, the journey was worth it. They have received the traditional and much-talked about warm welcome from the returning Downside community, and are enjoying stretching their legs in the Somerset sunshine in our beautiful, rural 500-acre campus.

Pupils have come to us from a variety of schools across the state and independent sectors including All Hallows, St Gregory’s, Hazlegrove, Farleigh, Kilmersdon, St Augustines, Wells Blue, Sherborne, Sandroyd, Chewton Mendip Primary, Day Waterman (Nigeria) San Benito (Chile) and St Paul’s (Hong Kong).

Whilst most of our pupils choose to board, and many convert from day to boarding, those who choose to remain day pupils with us are integrated into the Houses communities as much as possible in line with our published Covid-safe information. Many Upper Sixth Form pupils are also taking advantage of the warm weather and are using the extra outdoor tables and benches in the Theatre Quad (installed to allow more Covid-safe spaces in which to socialise) for studying – good for lowering stress levels during the current UCAS Predicted Grade Exams!

“It’s easy to make friends here – everyone is so welcoming.” New Boarder
“The Sport is great – I have learnt lots of new skills in a short space of time!” New Boarder