Downe House launches its online Global Academy

11 October 2021

Taking the best in girls’ education to intellectually ambitious students around the world with the Downe House Global Academy.

Downe House is a traditional British all-girls’ boarding school with a very modern and outward-looking focus. We believe in educating girls to be ‘world ready’ and in today’s highly competitive journey beyond secondary education; that means much more than a set of great exam results. To be successful in whichever areas of study or career they aspire to, today’s students must have the vital skills that universities and employers are looking for: problem-solving and advanced critical thinking, analytical and communication skills, as well as self-confidence and independent study skills.

The Downe House Global Academy for 11- to 18-year-olds offers intellectually ambitious girls around the world an impressive range of super-curricular courses that will enhance their curriculum studies and develop these vital skills – all taught by experienced Downe House teachers. Girls can experience the calibre of teaching and learning at Downe House through interesting and enriching courses in the areas of Global Affairs & Social Sciences, STEM & Applied Sciences and English Literature & Public Speaking. They could study anything from Creating Life on Another Planet to Fast Fashion – all from the comfort of their home.

Our unique online Learning Management System is a portal through which our students access everything they need to complete each 10-week course which, over two years, could see them achieve the Downe House Diploma, as well as being one-off short courses. The portal is how the girls access all the live teaching, course content, assignments, progress reports and advice they need. Here, they also access seminars by expert guest speakers and can start to make important links and relationships with their Downe House buddies as well as their personal Tutors, who will support them throughout their learning journey.

Launching the Academy, the Academic Head, Ms Marya Akhtar said “We are proud to be an all-girls’ school and it truly is a privilege to lead this unparalleled digital Global Academy as we reach out to girls across the world and equip them with not just the knowledge, but the know-how, the skills and the confidence to be successful in whichever careers they will embark on.

We are thrilled that the first cohort of girls are now starting their own personal journey of discovery – on their way to becoming our first ever Downe House Global Academicians. We would be delighted to hear from families, schools and educational consultants to set up a programme for them so they too can become a part of our pioneering academic experience.”

Speaking to the first cohort as they embarked on their courses, Mrs Emma McKendrick, Headmistress of Downe House, encouraged the girls to seize this opportunity. “As you go through this journey, and to make sure that you are doing something amazing, I urge you to commit to giving your very best, to collaborate and learn from each other, to be curious and ask lots of questions, and to constantly aspire to do the very best that you can do. Do these four things and you will make the most of this unique opportunity. We will thoroughly enjoy having you in our global Downe House community.”

For more information, visit The Downe House Global Academy

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