Downside School appoints new headmaster

Downside School has appointed Andrew Hobbs as its new headmaster.

Andrew will start with effect from 1st September 2018 and has been the acting head of the school since January. He studied classics at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he also gained a rugby blue. He taught at Canford School as head of classics and then a house master, before joining Downside as deputy head in 2008.

He said: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of headmaster 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.”

Adrian Aylward, the chair of governors, commented: “We’re delighted to appoint Andrew as headmaster. 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.”