At the age of sixteen, girls move into the Sixth Form, a distinctly different experience within the School campus, yet designed to prepare girls for a life beyond Downe House. Girls live in either Willis or York House for the two years of their Sixth Form studies providing continuity and familiarity. The Sixth Form at Downe House aims to create a culture which will inspire your daughter to reach her very best academically, but also find personal fulfilment, experience the joy of in-depth learning and have the confidence and ambition to aim for the highest possible standards she can achieve.
Click here to discover the Sixth Form experience, as told by pupils and staff, in our podcast.
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Georgina Taylor will be joining our Leadership Team as Assistant Head (Sixth Form) from June 2023. Find out more about Georgina on our Meet the Staff page.
“Sixth Form is such an exciting part of a young person’s education, I am looking forward to being involved in this aspect of their individual journey and helping to shape their futures during and beyond Downe House.”
With excellent facilities for living and independent working, these Houses have been expressly designed to better prepare each girl for life beyond Downe House. Alongside a more ‘adult’ relationship with the dedicated and experienced Housestaff team, Sixth Form boarding provides girls with spacious common rooms as well as their own dining room and coffee room.Discover
In the Sixth Form, each student is assigned a new Academic Tutor who they meet with weekly to discuss their learning and can go to for support as well as advice regarding higher education and encouragement on broadening their studies. Enjoying much greater levels of freedom, girls in Sixth Form take more responsibility for their own learning, living and time-planning in the knowledge that housestaff, their Tutor and teachers as well as the higher education team are there for support and guidance.
Find out more about Sixth Form Options and the Sixth Form Team at Downe House.
Beyond the classroom, Sixth Form girls benefit from an outstanding academic enrichment programme, expert advice on higher education and careers as well as regular trips to the theatre, concerts and exhibitions. They are also actively encouraged to pursue roles of responsibility and leadership throughout the School, contribute their own events and ideas to school life and mentor younger students. Girls in the Sixth Form also have the freedom to choose to be in or out of School on most weekends and join their fellow students at social events with boys’ schools such as Winchester College, Radley and Eton, for dances, debates and activities.
The best way to find out more about Downe House is to experience it for yourself. Book a personal tour or join us at one of our Open Mornings, available throughout the year.Discover
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