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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