Information for international students

We welcome girls from every continent to be part of our Downe House community. Our student body is reflective of the world around us and we are the richer for it.


Support and guidance from the very beginning

Downe House provides individual care for every international pupil, starting with advice to guide you through the admissions process. Overseas girls who come to Downe House receive special support with English as an additional language (if appropriate) as well as flights, travel and all aspects of school life, both pastoral and academic.

Our elected Global Ambassadors are current pupils whose home is often overseas, and whose job it is to support new international students, as do pupil mentors and buddies, who are on hand to help your daughter adjust, settle in and answer any questions she might have.

Applying from overseas

Non British Passport Holders will need to apply for a visa to study in the UK through the Student Route from the British Consulate in your country. Downe House will provide you with a supporting Certificate of Application to Study (CAS) number which will be supplied to you in support of your visa application. A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will be issued and sent directly to Downe House for your daughter to collect once she starts school. Further information regarding the application process can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Age group comparisons

At Downe House we have our own system for referring to year groups which you can compare to other age group names below.

AgeDowne HouseUKUSAFranceGermanyItaly
11-12Lower SchoolRemove (R)Year 7Grade 6SixièmeGrade 6Prima
12-13Lower Fourth (LIV)Year 8Grade 7CinquièmeGrade 7Seconda
13-14Upper SchoolUpper Fourth (UIV)Year 9Grade 8QuatrièmeGrade 8Terza
14-15Lower Fifth (LV)Year 10Grade 9TroisièmeGrade 9Prima
15-16Upper Fifth (UV)Year 11Grade 10SecondeGrade 10Seconda
16-17Sixth FormLower Sixth (LVI)Year 12Grade 11PremièreGrade 11Terza
17-18Upper Sixth (UVI)Year 13Grade 12TerminaleGrade 12Quarta
18-19Grade 13Quinta


Tours & Open Mornings

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.