Head Master of Downside School Steps Down after Eleven Years in Post
9th April 2014

The Head Master of Downside School in Somerset, Dom Leo Maidlow Davis, has stepped down after eleven years. He is the last monk to hold the position as the School makes a break with tradition by appointing its first lay Head, Dr James Whitehead. Dr Whitehead was Second Master at Worth School in Sussex and will take up his role as Downside’s new Head Master after Easter. He also joins the School during an historic year, Downside is celebrating the bicentenary of locating to Stratton-on-the-Fosse in 1814.

On leaving Father Leo said;

“Looking back over 11 years I am delighted that Downside has developed its’ Benedictine traditions by giving a full welcome to girls and achieving the highest standards for pupils academically, in the arts, in sport and in serving the wider community.

I am very happy to be handing over to Dr James Whitehead, who has a deep understanding of the Benedictine educational tradition. This is an exciting time with the prospect of a growing global dimension for Benedictine schools.

We greatly value our links with local schools both Catholic and non-Catholic.”

Downside School is a Catholic co-educational boarding school for 11-18 years. Founded in 1606 the School moved to its current location in 1814.


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