"My dorm is so lovely
and bubbly. All of us get on so well. It only takes
a few days to make friends as you are mixed up with
lots of different people for different things."
In 1907, our founder,
Miss Olive Willis, set out to create a school that would
Disillusioned by the independent education
that existed for girls at the time, she held the strong
belief that a school was required which would meet the
needs of young women by valuing and prizing individuals
and engendering a strong sense of community.
She believed that excellence, excitement
and enthusiasm for the world around should be hallmarks
of that school community, that teachers should not be
placed on pedestals and that girls should not be expected
to rush around in a feverish attempt to behave like
Consequently, Downe House was established
as 'a school where each individual within the community
matters and where relationships between staff and pupils
Wander around our calm, collective, extremely
happy boarding school environment and you will see that
those founding principles are very much in place today.