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79% support for First-past-the-post

On the 5th May Downe House pupils continued their tradition of voting in mock elections when there are national elections or referenda.

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Destination: Pre-U !

The decision to move away from A Level and adopt the Pre-U was not an easy one but, as Headmistress Emma McKendrick reveals, it is already proving the right choice for Downe House.

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Why Equality is Better for Everyone

On Tuesday 4th May, Prof Wilkinson (the great-nephew of Olive Willis, our School founder) and Prof Kate Pickett delivered the Summer Term Medley Lecture. The title ‘Why equality is better for everyone’ drew on data from around the world and presented in their bestselling book ‘The Spirit Level’, looked at correlations between inequality and issues as diverse as life expectancy, trust and teenage pregnancy rates.

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In honour of our Founder

On 2nd and 3rd July, we will hold our inaugural Founder’s Weekend in honour of Olive Willis. Tradition will be fused with all that the modern day Downe House offers in a full community celebration.

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The flags are flying for the Royal Wedding

The girls and staff have really entered into the spirit of the Royal Wedding and have been dressed in red, white and blue mufti, some girls going to town on the theme, with Union Jacks being a major feature.

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French Fashion House judge handbag making skills

Local French Fashion House ROSA ROSAM, which the girls in Veyrines visit as part of their sortie programme, offered to run a competition in handbag design to give the girls an insight into the fashion industry.

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Charity Record at Veyrines for Hopital Sourire!

Our girls in Veyrines, with the support of their parents and staff raised 1930 Euros 55, to provide workshops for the long term cancer patients at the children’s hospital in Toulouse.

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Girls abandon timetables for a day

All students aged 13-18 abandoned their usual timetable to take part in the School’s third biennial Study Day event – instead they attended a selection of lectures, workshops and classes – over 90 in total – led by a mixture of visiting speakers, past/current Downe House students and staff.

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Holcombe - the greenest House?

In the last couple of years Holcombe House has really stepped up its recycling efforts in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint. Of course the most important thing is to reduce waste.

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Green Park Challenges Willis

With the new Cambridge Pre-Us keeping their minds active it has been good to see a number of our Lower Sixth maintain a healthy balance to their lives through their enthusiastic involvement in sport and exercise.

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Outstanding ISI Inspection report received

Earlier this term the Independent Schools Inspection (ISI) team visited Downe and praised us in their report for the quality of the care and education we provide. Some of the main findings include:

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Young Enterprise Teams Take 5

This year’s Young Enterprise teams tasted success at the West Berkshire Area Final winning 5 of the 6 awards available.

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