Lower School curriculum

The curriculum in the Remove (11+) and in the Lower Fourth (12+) is designed to give as much variety of educational experience as possible. Girls are encouraged to collaborate and inject creativity into their work as they explore new subjects and skills.

A grounding in fundamental skills

In the Lower School, the year groups consist of three or four mixed-ability teaching groups, with French and Mathematics (and Lower Fourth Latin) being taught in divisions based initially on previous teaching. All subjects are compulsory with optional extra subjects which are taken during prep time.

The following subjects are taught:

Optional extra subjects are:

  • One or two instruments
  • Singing
  • Speech and Drama
  • Tennis Coaching
  • Squash Coaching

You can read more about each of our departments to discover the details of each subject.

Academic enrichment from the beginning

Through tailored lectures for the Lower School, we aim to inspire our younger pupils to develop a love of learning outside the classroom and to widen their knowledge of the world and current affairs.

We also encourage our girls to enjoy a range of experiences and opportunities, including the vast array of co-curricular clubs and activities we offer. As the newest girls to the school, we understand the need to provide a chance in the classroom and beyond for our students to build strong friendships and find their own place in the vibrant and motivated Downe House community.

A highlight of Lower School is Veyrines

At 12+ all girls will spend a term at our smaller ‘farmhouse’ school in the rural community of Veyrines-de-Dommes in France. Girls develop independence whilst remaining part of a community, as well as improving spoken French in an idyllic setting.  Our philosophy is to immerse the girls totally in a new culture and encourage them to be outward looking.

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Visits & Open Mornings

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?

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