We fuel aspiration and challenge the girls as they grow into confident young women preparing to play their part in the world. We offer GCSE examinations and A levels and Downe House girls go on to study at universities all over the worldDiscover
As a leading girls’ independent full boarding school for girls aged 11-18, we offer a huge variety of rewarding and fulfilling jobs.Discover
A pupil-led Eco-Committee is being set up to join the global initiative and work towards achieving the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award by July 2020. The Eco-Schools Programme is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world and is designed to encourage whole-school action on sustainable development and foster environmental awareness and action within the school community.Discover 16/09/19
With the aim of developing opportunities to pursue new and exciting avenues of study beyond the curriculum, the now well-established Elective Programme offered a group of Lower Sixth girls the chance to produce their very own Elective MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).Discover 11/09/19
Mrs Jane Basnett, Head of Modern Languages argues that learning a foreign language has never been more important.Discover 09/09/19
As professional development opportunities go, a staff exchange with a school in Australia has to be an attractive proposition for anyone and Miss Kayleigh Anger, Head of Drama (Curriculum) jumped at the chance and set off for the Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne for three weeks during the summer holidays.Discover 05/09/19
Today saw the publication of this year’s I/GCSE results. 84% of all grades achieved were A*-A (grade 9-7) and 1 in 4 girls achieved an outstanding grade 9 A* (grade 9-8) or above.Discover 22/08/19
The biennial AGS House trip to Myanmar gave girls and staff the opportunity to meet the children that their fundraising efforts for their House Charity, Hope Asia are helping and to see the sights of this beautiful country.Discover 19/08/19
Downe House is celebrating this year's Upper Sixth. With 86% of girls achieving A** to B grades (or equivalent), these results show a consistently high level of performance by this years’ Upper Sixth.Discover 15/08/19
Sourcing food locally is a high priority for the Catering Department at Downe House and when the invitation came to support neighbouring Prior's Court School at the same time, Catering and Events Manager, Mrs Sarah Dyson jumped at the opportunity.Discover 13/08/19
A group of 17 girls from Aisholt House set off for India to visit their House charity, Reality Gives which they have supported with fundraising events throughout the year and to see the sights of the Golden Triangle.Discover 07/08/19
Throughout the year, Holcombe House supports its House charity, Open Arms Malawi with fundraising events and the biennial House Trip to Malawi gave the girls the opportunity to see the work of the charity for themselves and to experience the country known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’.Discover 31/07/19
It’s the finishing touches which really mark a special occasion or event and Downe House is fortunate to work with award-winning local florist, Willow & Blooms.Discover 26/07/19
A recent addition to the Global Schools’ Exchange Programme is the YK PAO School on the outskirts of Shanghai, in China, which offered an exciting cultural and educational experience for Lower Fifth girls, Hilary and Vasilisa who spent two weeks at the international school in April 2019.Discover 08/07/19
Did you know that Downe House School was founded in 1907 in the home of Charles Darwin in Kent and moved to Cold Ash in 1922?
Find out more about our history.Discover
We value our relationship with parents and families of the girls in our care. From that first phone call or email contact with us, through the admissions process, your daughter’s time at Downe House and beyond. It is a very special relationship that develops to support your daughter achieve her very best.
This website will tell you much of what we have to offer, but it is no substitute for coming to see for yourself. A personal visit to Downe House will go some way towards helping you to understand the unique character of our School.Discover
Joining us at Downe House will be the beginning of an exciting and fulfilling journey where your daughter can expect to be challenged and supported in equal measure.
Meet our Headmistress, Emma McKendrick, who has has been leading the Downe House community for over twenty years.DISCOVER
The best way to find out more about Downe House, is to come and experience it for yourself – arrange a visit or join us for one of our Open Mornings?Discover