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Downside Abbey

The Benedictine Monastic Community

Downside School

The Catholic School for pupils 11 - 18

Old Gregorians

The Community for old boys and girls

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downside school: about us

Thank you for your interest in Downside School.

Downside is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18, and one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools. Founded in 1606 in Douai, Downside today is a school of four hundred and thirty boys and girls, housed in magnificent buildings at the foot of the Mendip Hills, twelve miles south of the city of Bath.

The Benedictine monastic community of St Gregory the Great, now at Downside, has been running a school for Catholic children for over four centuries. Through the sacraments, prayer, catechesis and example, in the classroom and out of it, both monks and lay staff at Downside seek to inspire pupils to love God and to serve others. Whilst Downside welcomes families and children from other faiths, we ask them to always to recognise our distinctively Catholic nature.

Downside works with families to ensure that the boys and girls have high academic expectations, are successful in public examinations, and discover intellectual interests that will stay with them for life. The School has a thriving academic life to stretch the brightest pupils, and provides structured support for the less able. Class sizes are small and each pupil is assigned a tutor to supervise his or her academic progress.

Almost all the boys and girls at Downside are seven-day-a-week boarders, although day pupils are also warmly welcomed. The School is committed to remaining a traditional boarding school, not a flexi-boarding school or a weekly boarding school. The opportunities open to boarders at Downside – academic, sporting, in music, drama and co-curricular activities – are exceptional. Weekends for boarders are full, busy and purposeful.

This internet site can only give you an impression of our life and work; there can be no substitute for coming to visit us in person. You may like to register for one of our Open Days by clicking here or you may prefer a separate, private visit which our Registrar, Mrs Anastasia Hatvany, will be pleased to arrange for you.

Tel 01761 235103 

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Dom Leo Maidlow Davis
Head Master