Pastoral care

Pastoral care is our strength. Girls are encouraged and supported to succeed academically whilst feeling secure and developing self-respect and compassion for others.

An experienced team

At the heart of pastoral care at Downe House is our exceptional pastoral team, overseen by our Boarding Deputy, Mrs Genevieve Ford and supported by the Heads of Sixth Form, Upper and Lower School. Each House is cared for by their own dedicated and conscientious team, led by a Housemistress, each of whom is experienced in supporting girls through everything life offers.

A network of support

Recognising that boarding, education and growing up all have their challenging moments, we understand that successful navigation of life at Downe House comes from communication, high expectation and consistency. Girls have a network of support surrounding them and Housestaff work with each pupil’s parents, academic tutor and the wider school community to ensure that each student feels the support of a home away from home.

Our pastoral care at Downe House provides your daughter with the knowledge that she is known and cared for and the confidence to take on new challenges. Just as important, we are keen to prepare your daughter, with a focus on nurturing resilience, for the ever-changing and highly competitive world in which we live.

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AS Tracking

We have recently introduced a pastoral assessment and tracking tool created by Steer called AS Tracking. AS (Affective Social) Tracking is a proactive pastoral care system which uses online assessment, completed by pupils. It places your child’s voice right at the centre of our pastoral care. Downe House staff will use the data to guide their pastoral interactions with each pupil, knowing how to signpost pupils more proactively and intentionally during their time at our School.

It is an additional piece of the pastoral jigsaw; it will not replace teacher observations, parental feedback or direct feedback from pupils. It will sit alongside other tracking tools, for example, it might help us understand why a pupil may not be making academic progress, or what might lie behind a dip in their attendance.

Inside Downe

Who better to describe life at Downe House than the girls themselves? See the School from a different angle.


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?