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One of the great joys and benefits of a boarding education is the fact that there is the time and the space to offer a rich array of opportunities which enable young people to grow and develop and explore the person they are. They develop passions and interests, they develop their character and they learn to play a positive part in a community – all things that will help them to lead a happy and fulfilled life.

  • TESSERA – THE DOWNSIDE ACADEMIC JOURNAL

    Academic study in schools has increasingly been reduced to utility – knowledge and training in skills for personal success and material prosperity. At Downside we consciously resist this utilitarian approach and the intention of Tessera is to celebrate intellectual exploration and discovery for their own sake. The implication of the title (a tessera is a mosaic tile) is that each...

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  • Alice Edwards

    Prize for talented King’s Ely Photography student, Alice Edwards

    Alice Edwards, who is in Year 11 at King’s Ely Senior, won the top prize in this year’s ‘Pauline’s Swamp Photography Competition’ with her striking and meaningful image, ‘Grass from the Ground’. Antonio Longo, Head of Photography at King’s Ely Senior, said: “Alice has created a fantastic photograph which captures the essence of her rural surroundings. She should be very...

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  • Linda Salway, Chair of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership

    Community awards for Partnership lead

    Linda collected the award at the Eastbourne and District Community Awards 2019 on behalf of the 15,000 or so pupils that the ESP represents, and the many education leaders that dedicate themselves to ensuring the award-winning partnership blossoms. Founded in 2014, the ESP is now made up of 13 schools (Bexhill Academy, the Causeway School, the Cavendish School, the Eastbourne...

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  • Denstone College Gold Duke of Edinburgh award

    OD’s receive prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh award

    The event was attended by HRH the Earl of Wessex and guest speaker, Annabel Croft who spoke wonderfully to the groups about her life and how hard she had worked to get to where she is today. The speech was then followed by presentations which took place in the Picture Gallery. This was also a great opportunity for Head of...

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  • Staff Charity Cycle Ride

    Staff cycle to “France” for Save the Children charity

    The “Staff Charity Fitness Challenge”, which involved cycling on a static gym bike in the front of school, commenced as the sun rose on Friday morning, finishing some 392km and 12 hours later. The aim was to cycle to “France” non-stop, with staff members pedalling as far as they could in their 30 minute time slots, only stopping to hand...

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  • Kings Ely Head

    New Heads of School, Deputy Heads, Prefects and Heads of Houses appointed

    Hundreds of people gathered inside Ely Cathedral for the school’s Beginning of Year Service, which saw the incoming Heads of School being robed in their prefects’ gowns. The new Heads of School then robed the Deputy Heads of School, after which all then assisted in robing the other Prefects. Charlotte has been a student at King’s Ely since joining King’s...

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  • Jane Gandee

    St Swithun’s headmistress raises money for girls in care by running the 33-mile St Swithun’s Way

    ‘The Bramston Bursary Foundation was established in the name of Anna Bramston who founded St Swithun’s in 1884 with the vision to provide talented and hard-working girls, irrespective of background, with the opportunity to reach their full potential through education. The Foundation aims to provide two full life-changing transformational bursaries every year to girls in care, or on the brink...

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  • St John's College

    Students Thrive at St John’s College

    A Level Success: Students Thrive at St John’s College.... St John’s College in Southsea wide-ability school has a Sixth Form of 90 students. Well-regarded for its pastoral ethos and strong sense of community, the 38 students receiving their results today have taken advantage of the wealth of support and expert advice over the two-year A-Level course. Head Girl, Hannah was...

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