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The Douai Society is the Society of the Old boys (and girls) of Douai school which was run by English Benedictine monks at Woolhampton in Berkshire from 1903 until its closure in 1999. At the Society's annual dinners in the school refectory before closure one of the toasts was "The Abbey and the School". The link between the two was what gave the school some of its special characteristics. It is therefore appropriate that this web site should include a link to the Monastery pages and to the history of the Benedictine community from its foundation in France during penal times.

The website consists of three parts;  The Douai Society, information about the School as it was and some historical information about the Abbey and the foundations of the Monastic Community.

Additional contributions to these pages from past pupils will be especially welcome. Use our contact page.  


The New Pavilion is now open - in Memory of the Douai Old Boys who died in WW1 (Research courtesy of Richard Sims 90/92/97)

New Pavilion

Read more on the Pavilion News Page

Memories!
What was it like to be at Douai in the early 1960s? Writer Tim Albert (56/60/65) has recently published a memoir, 'Mostly we had it good: a baby boomer’s journey', in which he recalls his time at the school.
An account of his arrival at the school in September 1960 is available on his website. Read More.



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