Downe House is where you are for seven years, and who you are for the rest of your life.
What does it mean to be a Downe House girl? The answer is in the key characteristics known as the Downe House DNA – Collaboration, Resilience, Creativity, Aspiration, Compassion, Communication and being Outward Looking.
In the classroom, on the playing field, on stage and everywhere in between, these core values are the hope, aim and challenge for every girl. We give the girls every opportunity to develop these seven important skills and characteristics through all aspects of life at Downe House.
Beyond that, there is no ‘typical Downe House girl’. At Downe House every girl is treated as an individual and whether she is an artist, a scientist, an actress, an athlete, a musician, or all of these, she will be valued, supported and challenged.
No matter what the girls go on to achieve beyond Downe, and the sheer variety of the career paths of our alumnae is testimony to our ethos, they all have the enduring imprint of the Downe House DNA to carry with them throughout their lives.
It is essential to prepare our students proactively for the wider world of which they will be a part. The path to success will require many skills and personal attributes including compassion, creativity, the ability to work hard and lead, but also to work collaboratively and with resilience.
Mrs McKendrick, Headmistress
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