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Thank you for your interest in working at Downside School. I hope you will find the following information helpful in giving you a sense of the School’s ethos and culture. At Downside, we are committed to working in partnership with families and to providing an environment which nurtures young people of integrity, who can think for themselves, stand up for their beliefs, and act to make a positive difference in the world.  

Our Catholic and Benedictine values provide support and challenge in equal measure for children of any faith or none. The strength and confidence, which our pupils and staff draw from belonging to a community, in which kindness and looking to the needs of others is the currency, encourages them to strive to make the most of their unique gifts and to support others to do the same. 

Working at Downside is a truly rewarding experience. In keeping with our Benedictine ethos, Downside is a welcoming, caring community where each person is valued. Pupils are highly motivated, keen to learn and respectful of staff and their peers. There are just under 200 non-teaching and teaching staff at Downside with a quarter of those having dedicated their working life to the School for between 10 and 50 years! 

Our Induction Programme is comprehensive and fully supportive of all new staff, including the provision of training, where necessary. We are keen to support ambitious teachers, and CPD opportunities for individuals are identified in Faculty Development Plans and prioritised.

What our staff say; 

“There is an atmosphere at Downside which I have not encountered anywhere else; A feeling of family, teamwork and respect. The pupils are courteous, friendly and look out for one another with a sense of community and togetherness. The theme of community persists throughout the school and there is the real feeling that staff and students are standing together and working as one for the benefit of all. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else!”  I Ramsden, Head of Computing and e-Safety 

“Of all the schools I have worked in, Downside has to be the one that really treats everyone, staff and pupils, as individuals and values that person for themselves. The staff are united, no matter their role. We look out for each other and support each other with genuine care, compassion and warmth. The Senior Leadership Team are amazing… so approachable, keen to hear our ideas and humble in their positions. It really is a collaborative workforce from every sector. It is the most inclusive of schools; we don’t just work together, we embrace life together.”  S Moody, Teacher of Maths 

“I have such a wide range of activities that I undertake and the pupils and staff with which I interact mean that every day is different and very fulfilling. At Downside I can educate pupils above and beyond the curriculum in Geography and share my passion for different areas of this wide and varied subject. This has culminated in some exciting fieldtrips including a visit to Iceland. I have also been able to introduce Ultimate Frisbee to the School, take pupils out on Cross-Country runs across the beautiful Mendip Hills, and teach pupil survival skills in the Combined Cadet Force. Downside looks a little like J K Rowling’s ‘Hogwarts’, with pupils zooming from stair case to stair case, but it has a calmness that belies the hardworking nature of the pupils.”  O Simper, Head of Fourth and Fifth Forms, Head of Humanities and Careers

“This is the fourth school I’ve worked in and, by quite a margin, it has the friendliest, most welcoming and helpful common room of them all. Add to that the well-behaved, biddable pupils, excellent food and glorious buildings, and you see why Downside is such a fantastic place to work.”  J McNamara, Director of Music 

Some of the benefits of working at Downside School include free on-site parking, a complimentary lunch while on duty and an employee assistance programme with excellent counselling support services.  

Downside School has its own salary scale, above national scales and other staff benefits, including significant fee reductions for staff who educate their children at the School. There may be accommodation available for suitable residential roles. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate child protection screening which may include detailed reference checks, a safeguarding interview and a criminal record check via the Disclosure Barring Service. 

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Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the recruitment process or require further details regarding the job opportunities advertised please contact Michelle Heywood or Katie Nascimento in the Human Resources Department, 01761 235100 extension 106 or 154, email hr@downside.co.uk