A Christian ethos

Downe House welcomes pupils and staff of all faiths and denominations, or none, to join us in Chapel.

The Chapel is a place for worship and much more

The School’s Church of England foundation is central to our values and ethos, and every member of our school community is able to count on the pastoral and spiritual care of our Chaplain, the Reverend Anthea Platt.

The Chapel is the spiritual heart of the Downe House community and serves as a place for worship, as well as a space for quiet reflection and prayer and the performance of music. The Chaplain is a full-time member of the School’s pastoral and teaching staff.

There is morning service for the Lower School on Tuesdays and Upper School on Thursdays. These Services include the singing of hymns, a reading from the Bible and a short talk or homily from a member of staff. Girls in the Upper School can attend Holy Communion on Thursdays in place of the later Morning Service. Sunday Worship uses a variety of patterns and invited preachers, and week-by-week participation in the leading of these Services by individual Houses is encouraged.

There are three Anglican Confirmation Services held during the year, one in each term, and Roman Catholic girls join with pupils at Radley College for their own Confirmation during the Summer term. For those families who wish their daughters to prepare for Confirmation, they can undertake an eight-week course run by our School Chaplain. This gives girls the opportunity to explore different aspects of the Christian faith and this may also include a Confirmation Retreat, most recently held at the magnificent Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford.

Tours & Open Mornings

The best way to find out more about Downe House is to experience it for yourself. Book a personal tour or join us at one of our Open Mornings, available throughout the year.


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