Downside School has announced that its Governors and Trustees have appointed Andrew Hobbs as the new Head Master with effect from 1 September 2018.

Mr Hobbs (pictured left) said of the news, “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Head Master and am excited about the journey ahead. Downside is a very special place and I look forward to building on the strong foundation of excellence that ensures our pupils continue to enter into the world as powerful ambassadors for good.”

The Chair of Governors, Adrian Aylward, added, “We’re delighted to appoint Andrew as Head Master. He is completely committed to further raising standards across all areas of school life and to the Benedictine values that define the character of Downside and its pupils.”

Andrew was educated at Worth School and read classics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he also gained a rugby blue. He taught at Canford School where he was Head of Classics and then a House Master before joining Downside as Deputy Head in 2008 and becoming Acting Head in January of this year.

The appointment process was competitive and attracted a strong field of candidates from around the world, including serving Heads. The Governors are convinced of Andrew’s commitment to further raising standards across school life, the pursuit of excellence, and the espousal of the Benedictine values that make Downside such a special place.

You can find out more about Downside in the May/June 2018 issue of The Bath & Wiltshire Parent, which features a School Report feature based around a visit to this leading Catholic school at Stratton-on-the-Fosse in Somerset.