The School moved to Berkshire In March 1922 to start the Summer Term. Whole buildings are moved from Kent to Cold Ash. Construction of a new kitchen, music rooms and a gym started. Six classrooms and a laboratory are built and the Studio is completed.Discover
The rebuilt Chapel is opened. The organ is dedicated and played by its builder, Mr Daniels of Somerset. Old Seniors present the Chapel Bell and the first Old Seniors’ Dance is held at the Hyde Park Hotel.Discover
The Library is opened by the Duchess of Atholl. The staff house on Red Shute Hill became the San.
Excavation and construction of an outdoor swimming pool begins
The new Dining Room and the South Wing (now Tedworth) are opened. Each year at Christmas, Choral would process around the gallery, singing carols by candlelight to the delight of the school community.
The Concert Room, Chemistry and Biology Labs were built.
A view from the Cloisters
Every year, Seniors’ Weekend welcomed back alumnae with a massed gym display in the Cloisters
Aerial view of the Downe House campus
Mrs Emma McKendrick is appointed Headmistress.
The Farr Centre is opened by Old Senior, Clare Balding
Downe House celebrates 100 years! Centenary celebrations include a Thanksgiving Service at St Paul’s Cathedral attended by four Headmistresses, Reunions for the DHSA, an Academic Study Day, Institution of the Medley Lectures, a Staff Fun Day and a Girls’ Fun Day. Dr Christian Alexander, a member of the music staff, is commissioned to compose an opera ‘Olive Triumphant’ and a commemorative mulberry tree is planted by the Concert Room.
New Lower School Boarding Houses are opened to accommodate Darwin, Hermitage and Hill.
From mid-March 2020 the School begins to adapt to remote teaching and learning in response to Covid-19. This culminates in the introduction of Digital Downe House, a full remote teaching and learning Downe House experience.Discover
A very special moment in the history of Downe House and a significant development for girls’ education in the Middle East. Downe House Muscat becomes the first girls-only school in the world founded by an authentic British girls’ school.Discover
Find out more about the history of the school and see photographs of Downe House through the years.Discover
Mrs Emma McKendrick has been the Headmistress of Downe House for over twenty years and has successfully guided and inspired thousands of girls as well as overseeing extensive development and change. Read about her ethos and approach in the Headmistress’ Welcome to Downe House.Discover
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.Discover