At Downe House we aim to foster a culture of academic endeavour where enjoyment of learning is unlimited. All students have a wide range of choice and opportunities available to have their intellectual life enriched through stimulating and substantive academic endeavours. They are encouraged to take a lead in sharing their love of learning with their peers. Learning at Downe House goes far beyond the core curriculum and is part of the Downe House DNA. We equip girls with the tools and the confidence to delve deeper in to subjects that interest them, and to explore topics entirely new to them and that encourage them to be outward-looking and always questioning.
There is a dedicated programme for academic award holders, The Scholars’ Programme. For Lower Fifth and Lower Sixth students, the Elective Programme, offers students the opportunity to go beyond the curriculum and explore new avenues of study with the aim of developing scholarly independence, intellectual flexibility and the ability to discuss complex ideas. These programmes run alongside departmental enrichment and the academic challenges offered by scientific, maths and linguistics Olympiads, debating, public speaking and essay competitions. Students are encouraged to be leaders, and there is a rich array of student-led societies, talks and publications, alongside mentoring opportunities.
Mrs Maria Reichardt is our Director of Scholars and Enrichment. If you have any further questions, please do get in touch with her via email: email@example.com
Girls in the Sixth Form benefit from a wealth of lectures and other opportunities which are designed to equip them with insight and skills transferable to the world beyond Downe House. Enrichment opportunities include:
The following magazines are edited by Sixth Form students, with contributions from girls from all year groups. Click the cover to read the latest issue from each publication.