When a girl joins Downe House we provide an environment that both supports her development and celebrates her individuality – there is no such thing as a ‘typical Downe House girl’.
What girls do have in common however, is that they are challenged academically and are given as many opportunities as possible to become the women that they want to be. We encourage and support girls as they identify and develop their academic strengths, and we provide almost limitless opportunities to become accomplished musicians, actors, athletes, artists – wherever their talents and ambitions take them.
Downe House girls excel, and they do so because they enjoy what they do.
We want to ignite a love of learning and be sure that when your daughter leaves Downe House, she will believe that there is nothing she cannot achieve in the world.
Of course, academic results matter greatly to us and we expect girls to aspire to excellence in all they do, both in the classroom and beyond. However, we place equal importance on equipping every girl with a well-established work ethic and a core set of traditional values, skills and beliefs that will allow her to flourish in today’s rapidly changing world.
With only girls in the classroom, in the science labs, on stage and on the sports field, both intellectual and physical confidence can grow without any stereotyping or gender-weighted expectations.
There are so many things that make the difference at Downe House. For girls in the Lower School, it includes the term spent in France by all Lower Fourth girls. The Upper School and Sixth Form have the opportunity to take part in our far-reaching Global Student Exchange Programme with 16 partner schools across six continents. Not to mention our Elective Programme which provides ‘super-curricular’ academic enrichment to challenge and stretch able girls.
According to the Good Schools’ Guide, Downe House is an, “Archetypal traditional girls’ full boarding school turning out delightful, principled, courteous and able girls who go on to make a significant contribution to the world. As one parent said, ‘we couldn’t be more thrilled.’
“A Downe House education is an opportunity to let you seize life with every advantage and backing. It makes you fiercely proud to be a woman, with the passion to succeed in everything you do.”
Alumna (DH 2012)
“I was determined not to have the conventional ‘schoolgirl’ at Downe.”
Olive Willis, Founder of Downe House
“At Downe the individuality of each girl was of paramount importance, and this attitude gave confidence to those of us afflicted by shyness or delayed adolescence.”
Diana Richmond, Alumna (1938)
“Downe House has achieved for my daughter something which many parents dream for their child; to help them discover their gifts and passion for life.”
Downe House Parent
“The overwhelming feeling was that of kindness and a partnership.”
New parent, 2019
“I have no doubt that my friends from Downe House will be my friends for life.”
Cece (DH 2019)
Meet the Headmistress of Downe House, Mrs Emma McKendrick.Discover
Get directions to Downe House (RG18 9JJ). We are located on a 110-acre site in the village of Cold Ash in West Berkshire with excellent transport links, just two miles from the M4 and A34 and under an hour’s drive to Heathrow Airport.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