“From a young age they annotate texts and source material assiduously, maintaining concentration and displaying perseverance.”
Independent Schools Inspectorate Report, 2017
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:
You can read more about each of our departments to discover the details of each subject.
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.
At 12+ all girls will spend a term at our school 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.Discover
The best way to find out more about Downe House is to experience it for yourself. We tailor our virtual Open Mornings and Virtual Tours to suit your family.Discover