Find out more about the online resources we’re providing for feeder schools.DISCOVER
Developing a good relationship with the schools our girls come from, and a clear understanding of their ethos and values, allows us to better understand our future pupils. By building strong relationships early on we can support each girl more effectively.
Our pupils come from a diverse range of schools all over the UK and all over the world. We have no single feeder school but accept pupils from over one hundred UK preparatory schools, from state primary schools and from schools overseas. Girls join our community with a range of different experiences; some will have taken Common Entrance at 11+ or 13+, others will have taken the Prep School Baccalaureate and others still will have passed equivalent examinations. Whatever their experience, we place great value on building relationships with not only the Head teachers from these schools but also with the rest of the staff and with the children themselves.
This is just a glimpse of the events on our School calendar. Some of our events may have been postponed or rescheduled in line with current advice from the UK Government. Current parents should access the full School calendar via the Parent Zone to see all of our events. If you would like the most up-to-date information for prospective parents, please do get in touch with our Registrar.
Saturday 23 November
Saturday 18 January
Saturday 21 March
Saturday 25 April
Saturday 13 June
Saturday 12 October – Lower School (11+ and 12+)
Saturday 16 May – Lower School (11+ and 12+)
Saturday 6 June
New Girls Open Day
Sunday 14 June
|11+ Assessment Days|
Monday 16 September
Thursday 19 September
Monday 23 September
Thursday 26 September
|11+ Common Entrance|
Monday 20 January – Tuesday 21 January
|12+ Assessment Day|
Monday 30 September
|12+ Entrance Examinations|
Monday 24 February – Tuesday 25 February
|13+ Assessment Days|
Monday 7 October – Tuesday 8 October
Tuesday 15 October
Thursday 17 October (Early Assessment)
|13+ Common Entrance|
Monday 27 January – Thursday 30 January
Monday 11 May – Saturday 16 May (Listening and Speaking)
Tuesday 2 June – Friday 5 June (Written)
|11+, 12+, 13 Scholarships|
Wednesday 22 January – Friday 24 January
|Music Scholarship Day|
Thursday 30 January
Academic Scholarship Interviews
Thursday 13 February
Art Scholarship Day
Wednesday 26 February
Sport Scholarship Day
Thursday 12 March
Drama Scholarship Day
Thursday 7 May
Staff at every level at Downe House play a big part in our relationship with our feeder schools. Tara Reeve, who is our Director of Admissions, works closely with the Headmistress and Registrar to visit schools, to get to know them better and so be able to support girls better when they join us, and also to ensure they have a comprehensive understanding of what Downe House has to offer.
We know that parents rely on their Head’s knowledge and recommendation to guide them on where their children will flourish in a happy and supportive environment. To that end, Heads and staff from these schools also frequently visit us at Downe House to keep up with new developments and catch up with their former pupils.
At Downe House, we place huge importance on our relationships with our feeder schools. Representatives from prep schools will always be warmly welcomed and if you would like to visit us, please do not hesitate to contact us.Contact
Tara Reeve, Director of Admissions
For more information about joining at 11+ or 13+, please do contact our Registrar, Angela Nutt or the relevant Heads of Section who will gladly guide you through life at these stages of the School and the various procedures for entry.
For schools wishing to discuss bursarial support, particularly continuation bursaries, the Headmistress would be delighted to discuss any aspect of supporting a prospective pupil’s onward educational journey. Please do contact the Registrar, Miss Angela Nutt, in the first instance to find out more. The Registrar will also gladly answer any queries about scholarships and support for any particularly gifted academic girls or pupils who display particular talent in Art, Music, Drama and Sport.
“Great memories were made, great expectations were met and great ideas for the future were sown.”
Parent re Orchestra Fun Day
“Year 6 were lucky enough to go to Downe House, for a fun sports masterclass outdoors. We learned lots of different techniques and it was such an entertaining and exciting day for us!”
Year 6 Student, Glendower Preparatory School
“It was such an immaculately organised day and the girls took so much from it and loved every second! Your teachers were fun, enthusiastic and full of energy!”
Nicole Thrower, Director of Drama and Productions, Fulham School
Thank you for a wonderful day yesterday. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as did I. The day gave them an experience which they can take with them to secondary school in September.
Louise, Curridge Primary School
“The girls had the time of their lives! Already looking forward to hearing from you about next year’s Day of Musical Theatre!”
Rosie Parton, Head of Drama, Knightsbridge School
If you would like to find out more about how we can work with your school, please don’t hesitate to contact us.Contact