Boarding is not just an element of life at Downe House but underpins everything we do.

A full boarding School

We are committed to boarding as an integral part of each pupil’s education at Downe House because we wholeheartedly believe that girls learn as much in our boarding Houses as in the classroom.

Creating a home from home

Boarding at Downe House is divided into eleven Houses: four Lower School Houses – including Veyrines, our boarding house in France – five Upper School Houses and two Sixth Form Houses. Each House is run by a Housemistress who oversees a dedicated team of Housestaff.

Pastoral care is holistic and looks different for each individual. Through the boarding environment our dedicated Housestaff team will help her grow to her potential, find balance and develop essential skills for life.

Equally as important, boarding gives our girls their most fond and special memories from their time at school as they learn to care for themselves and each other.

Boarding is a way of life

At Downe House we are committed to boarding as a way of life, one that gives your daughter the time and space to develop at her own pace, to discover new interests and untapped talents and to form deep, supportive bonds within the boarding community.

Life in a full boarding school is always busy and every day is different. The pressure on girls in today’s world is considerable and it can be a tricky time emotionally. I believe that our girls are in need of strong leadership, high expectations and consistency.

We have put in place an uncompromising programme of personal support and pastoral care to create a sense of community, with each House providing a home from home. Our holistic approach also takes account of each girl’s wellbeing, placing emphasis on healthy, balanced minds and bodies. Our wellbeing programme gives the girls the tools for life to care for themselves as well as each other.

With warmth and guidance from our Housestaff, girls are encouraged to develop a positive outlook, live happily and develop fully in every aspect of their lives. With outstanding support from personal academic tutors, we ensure that every girl is able to gain the most from her time at Downe House.

With the gift of time that boarding affords, we can also promise to provide enrichment opportunities beyond the curriculum, open your daughter’s eyes to global opportunities and build her confidence so that she can fulfill her dreams, no matter what life throws at her.

Mrs Genevieve Ford
Boarding Deputy

Visits & Open Mornings

The best way to find out more about Downe House, is to come and experience it for yourself – arrange a visit or join us for one of our Open Mornings?