An independent boarding school for girls aged 11-18, Downe House is a traditional school with a sharp focus on the future.

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 world


Working at Downe House

As a leading girls’ independent full boarding school for girls aged 11-18, we offer a huge variety of rewarding and fulfilling jobs.


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Our History

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.


Admissions and our community

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.


Welcome from our Headmistress

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.


Visits & Open Mornings

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?