Working with feeder schools

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. We build strong relationships early on so that we can support each girl more effectively.

Pupils from over one hundred schools

Our pupils come from a diverse range of schools all over the UK and all over the world. We have no single feeder school and we have 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.

Dance and drama lessons, music lectures, sport workshops and more!

Director of Admissions, Tara Reeve talks about how we’ve been supporting prep and primary schools during the pandemic.


Get to know Downe House

Staff at every level at Downe House play a big part in our relationship with our feeder schools. Mrs 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 teacher’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 schools will always be warmly welcomed and if you would like to visit us, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Joining at 11+ or 13+

For more information about joining at 11+ or 13+, please do contact our Registrar, Miss 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.

Angela Nutt Registrar

Miss Angela Nutt

Registrar CONTACT

Miss Kate Eaves

Assistant Head (Lower School) CONTACT
Anna Deputy Head

Mrs Anna Dourountakis

Assistant Head (Upper School) CONTACT

Important Calendar Dates

This is just a glimpse of the events on our School calendar. Some of our events may have been postponed, rescheduled or moved online to adhere 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.

September 2020 – July 2021

Open Mornings

Saturday 14 November

Saturday 15 January

Saturday 20 March

Saturday 24 April

Saturday 12 June

Experience Mornings

Saturday 15 May – Lower School (11+ and 12+)

Saturday 13 – Sunday 21 February – Upper School online event

New Girls Open Day

Sunday 13 June

11+ Assessment Days

Monday 14 September

Thursday 17 September

Monday 21 September

Thursday 24 September

11+ Common Entrance

Monday 18 January – Tuesday 19 January

12+ Assessment Day

Monday 28 September

12+ Entrance Examinations

Monday 22 February – Tuesday 23 February

13+ Assessment Days

Monday 5 October

Tuesday 6 October

Tuesday 13 October

Thursday 15 October (Early Assessment)

13+ Common Entrance

Monday 10 May – Thursday 13 May (Listening and Speaking)

Tuesday 8 June – Friday 11 June (Written)

11+, 12+, 13 Scholarships

Wednesday 20 January – Friday 22 January

Music Scholarship Day

Thursday 4 February

Academic Scholarship Interviews

Thursday 11 February

Art Scholarship Day

Wednesday 24 February

Sport Scholarship Day

Thursday 11 March

Drama Scholarship Day

Thursday 6 May

Bursary support and scholarships

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.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about how we can work with your school, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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