Global Schools’

Exchange Programme

Now in its sixth year, the Global Schools’ Exchange Programme gives Downe House girls in the Fifth Form a very special opportunity to study and live abroad with a choice of 14 partner schools in eleven countries spanning six continents as well as providing a highly rewarding experience for the Downe House community of hosting visiting students from our partner schools – such a challenge offers huge social, cultural and educational benefits for everyone involved.

The Exchange Programme aims to strengthen the global outlook of the Downe House community and to give girls a competitive advantage and opportunities for success in our increasingly globalised and changing world. There are many more benefits for those participating in these exchanges. The girls learn so much about different countries and cultures but living in a community a long away from home also teaches them more about themselves and helps them to grow and develop in ways that they did not expect. A further advantage is that universities and employers favour applicants who can show a broader and more independent experience of the world beyond home and school.

Visiting students from Partner Schools

Every term, there is a cohort of visiting students from our partner schools joining us to experience British boarding school life. These girls bring a new perspective to our community and to the boarding houses where they always receive a warm welcome. They integrate quickly and get involved in boarding life taking part in House events and sports fixtures as well as making new friendships and developing awareness of group dynamics and personal sensitivity towards others. The benefits of the Exchange Programme really do extend to the whole School community, with returning girls making presentations in Assemblies to share their experiences and to encourage younger girls to seize the opportunity when it arises. Read the girls’ stories here Global Horizons

Staff Global Exchange Programme

Staff exchanges also form part of the programme, giving staff the opportunity to experience and worldwide best practice or to discover, for example, how schools overseas integrate technology in education. In 2018, Teacher of English, Dr Atherton spent two weeks at the Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) in Melbourne as their ‘Expert of English in Residence’ and the following year, we welcomed Ms Lauren Maserow who teaches English at MLC who shared her expertise with a range of classes.

This year our Head of Curriculum Drama, Miss Anger, is off to Methodist Ladies College on a similar exchange.

Find out more about our Partner Schools


View photos from Global Schools’ Exchange trips

Global Students' Exchange Programme

Global Horizons

From celebrating Diwali in Rajhastan to studying glaciers and geysers on a geography field trip to Iceland, read the girls’ stories


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