New Director of Pastoral Care Appointed at Downside School
10th December 2013


Downside School are delighted to announce the appointment of Alastair Falzon as the new Director of Pastoral Care. Alastair will be working alongside the new Head Master, Dr James Whitehead, who joins Downside in Spring 2014. There are exciting changes ahead.

Alastair has a wealth of experience having been at Downside since September 2000. He has been a House Master for 8 years, leading two of the School’s senior boarding houses as well as Powell House for boys aged 11-13. Alastair says, “I will be working closely with the House Masters & Mistresses to ensure that we provide outstanding pastoral care for all our pupils. With regard to Powell House, where I have been House Master for the last 3 years, I leave behind a very strong and experienced team who will continue to provide excellent support for both my successor and the new pupils. It has been an enjoyable 3 years and whilst I’ll miss many things about the House I am looking forward to taking on my new role as Director of Pastoral Care.”

Alastair will maintain close links with Powell House as he will continue to oversee the successful integration of all pupils into the School, and the Juniors in particular, to ensure that they are provided with the highest quality support within a safe, secure and nurturing environment.

Alastair has lived in Somerset for 13 years with his wife Liz. “We have very much made Somerset our home, and all our children were born here.  My father was in the Forces and my childhood involved a great deal of moving around, so creating a home and providing stability for our three children has been extremely important to us.”  

Alastair was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and went on to study German and Management Studies at the University of St Andrews. From there he worked for Coopers & Lybrand in London before deciding to pursue a career in teaching. At Downside he is Head of German and an Officer in the Combined Cadet Force responsible for the training of the Year 10 Army cadets and the delivery of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.  He is also a keen sportsman and enjoys rugby having represented Scottish Universities whilst at St. Andrews.

Alastair is passionate about pastoral care and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.  His strength lies in building dedicated, supportive and united teams of House Staff and in establishing close links with the families who entrust their children to the School’s care.  Alastair is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare, growth and development of each pupil, and he aims to encourage responsibility and empathy to ensure that the talents and strengths of each pupil are recognised and developed to the fullest extent possible.  He believes that the core Benedictine values of active listening, responsible living, concern for the individual, personal discipline and selfless service for others are “crucial in all of this”.  



December 2013

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