We were delighted to welcome so many new faces to the School last Saturday for our Open Morning.

Visitors were greeted in true Downside fashion with foot-stomping tunes from our rousing Pipe Band. Various members of the CCF along with archers, fencers, mountain bikers and sailing enthusiasts spoke to the families with gusto about their preferred wider curriculum interests. Our Fourth-Form harpist played beautifully as visitors were welcomed into the Court of Arches.

Head Girl Georgia Bolton spoke eloquently and from the heart about what makes an education at Downside so meaningful, especially as a stepping stone to life beyond school. Current parent Andy Healy shared his and his family’s experiences of the School – his son, Head Boy Oscar, finished Sixth Form earlier this year and is now at University in London reading Biomedical Science. Andy also has a daughter in the Fifth Form and his youngest daughter will join the School next September into the First Form (Year 7).

The morning continued with tours where, ably conducted by our Sixth Formers, families were able to  to experience lessons in full swing, boarding house life, and to talk in detail with academic staff, House staff and the Head Master.

The highlight of our Open Mornings has to be the visit to the Abbey Church, where our Schola, bagpipe players and Director of Music, Mr McNamara, raised the roof with a selection of musical numbers.

If you are interested in visiting the School, our next Open Morning is Saturday 7th March. You are also welcome to come for a private visit on a week day to suit you.

Click here to contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to help you further.