Once a Downe House girl, always a Downe House girl

Whether you left in 2023 or 1936, we love keeping in touch with our alumnae.

A global network of three thousand women

When asked what makes a typical Downe House girl, our former Head Senior said, “her tremendous capacity to make extraordinary friendships”, and we could not agree more.

Founded in September 2010, the Downe House Foundation encourages lifelong connections between alumnae, the current School community and past parents and staff. This connection can take the form of networking opportunities, social events and active involvement in the future development of Downe House. Every alumna is invited to become part of this mutually beneficial and rewarding community.

We are incredibly proud of all our alumnae, many of whom have been be recognised with the highest accolades for achievements within their areas of expertise, including:

  • Margaret Aston CBE (Historian and Academic. Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the British Academy)
  • Coral Au (Associate Consultant Psychiatrist at United Christian Hospital, Hong Kong)
  • Clare Balding OBE (Broadcaster, journalist and author)
  • Mary Bonsor (Lawyer. CEO and Co-Founder of Flex Legal Ltd)
  • Sophie Conran (Designer, retailer, cook and author)
  • Miranda Hart (Actress, comedian and writer)
  • Georgina Hilton (VP/Director, Head of Classic Art, Asia Pacific at Christie’s)
  • Geraldine James OBE (Film and television actress)
  • Eleanor Janet Macnair OBE (Scientist and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Engergy)
  • Dame Helen Muir CBE (Biochemist, Fellow of the Royal Society)
  • Dame Rosemary Murray DBE (Chemist and educator. The first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge after whom Murray Edwards College is named)
  • Temi Ogunsanya (Africa Corridor Director, Santander UK)
  • Catherine Powell (Former President Disney Parks , Airbnb’s Global Head of Hosting)
  • Rachel Skinner CBE (Engineer and the youngest President of the Institute of Civil Engineers)
  • Audrey Richards CBE (Anthropologist, Director of the African Studies Centre at University of Cambridge. First woman President of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

Keep in touch

To help everyone to stay in contact, the Foundation Office has created an online platform. Join the Downe House Foundation Network here to make sure we have your most up-to-date details and find out about the latest news and events.

The Foundation Office has also successfully established a well-supported group on Facebook which can be found by searching ‘Downe House Alumnae (Old Seniors)’ Join us on Facebook

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.

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