Global outlook

This generation of young women will take their place in a world where intercultural understanding and a global outlook are crucial to success.

World readiness

At Downe House, your daughter will be encouraged to develop her intellectual curiosity about the world around her, and will be challenged, supported and encouraged to play her part as a global citizen. To equip your daughter with the confidence to navigate the complex and changing global community, we offer girls a wealth of opportunities to experience and learn about other cultures including:

Global Schools’ Exchange Programme
A term in France
Overseas universities application guidance
Global alumnae network
Overseas trips
Cultural days
International House charities

Links to schools around the world

Fifth Form (Years 10 and 11) girls are offered the truly unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the life of a girl of similar age, yet living in another country. With a choice of 16 partner schools in eleven countries spanning six continents, the programme really does offer a comprehensive range of experiences.

Living in this way offers numerous social, cultural and educational benefits and help girls to become more open and flexible, fearless and wise as well as more sensitive and understanding of other cultures. Read the girls’ stories on our Global Horizons Blog.

The benefits of the Global Schools’ Exchange Programme extend to the whole School community with returning girls sharing experiences through presentations in Assembly and welcoming girls from our partner schools into the boarding houses where they always receive a warm welcome and make a huge contribution to School life.

Find out more about the Global Schools’ Exchange Programme



Global Horizons

From Global Schools’ Exchange trips or a term in France to supporting overseas charities and winning places at overseas universities – read the girls’ stories


Enrichment and challenge

Overseas trips

Girls have many opportunities to travel abroad on trips organised by the School to support their learning with firsthand experiences; our History of Art students travelled to Rome and enjoyed a private tour of the Sistine Chapel; Spanish students travelled to Cadiz to immerse themselves in the language and culture; History students visited Ypres in Belgium to tour the battlefields and students spent time in Florence practising their spoken Italian. Recent Geography field trips have included Barcelona and Iceland and Sixth Form Politics students enjoyed a trip to visit the sights of Washington DC.

Our sports teams also regularly benefit from intensive training in sports camps in countries such as France or Portugal and go on competitive sports tours in Europe, the USA and South Africa. Last summer, lacrosse players set off for the USA; at Easter, girls enjoyed a netball tour to Disneyland Paris; next March, girls will be going to Portugal for an intensive tennis coaching camp; there are also regular ski trips to take part in the British Schoolgirls’ Races in Flaine and to Sestriere.

Cultural days

Global enrichment also comes in the form of Cultural days for specific year groups which focus on exploring the culture, history, language and food of a country. So far, these wonderful events have included Bab Al-Islam Day, America Day, India Day, Africa Day, China Day, Italy Day and Germany Day. The initiative has proved a great opportunity to embrace and celebrate the diversity of other countries and cultures and we often welcome guest speakers who share their knowledge and experiences with the girls.

Supporting international charities

Each boarding house has established strong and enduring links with an international charity and all the girls are encouraged to get involved in learning about the work of the charity and raising money to support their work. Housestaff organise a bi-annual group visit to the charity to offer practical assistance and to see for themselves the difference that their fundraising efforts have made.

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