Expert Voices

Expert opinions and thoughts on a range of subjects, questions and ideas from voices around Downe House.

Expert Voices

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Precious Cargo: Mr Matthew Godfrey

One of the most enjoyable and helpful things I did during my first half term at Downe House was to spend an evening in each of the boarding houses. I received a wonderful welcome in all of them.

Discover 05/11/21
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Moving on to Downe House: Mr Matt Godfrey

No organisation that is complacent or which stagnates can flourish. Downe House’s global outlook, its focus on technology and its general lack of stuffiness are all examples of how it refuses to stand still.

Discover 15/10/21

Girls in sport: battling the drop-off

The drop out of adolescent girls from sport is well-documented. Assistant Director of Sport, Lizzie Broyd, explains how Downe House is trying to change the game.

Discover 05/07/21

The importance of digital learning in lockdown

David McClymont, Director of IT at Downe House reflects on the role that technology has played in facilitating teaching and learning during the two lockdowns. 

Discover 16/12/20

Teaching ideas using technology

How can you introduce new content and facilitate speaking and listening using technology? Head of Modern Languages, Jane Basnett, shares teaching ideas for using digital technology to enhance learning.

Discover 22/07/20

Why do we call it ‘co-curricular’?

What's in a name? Hannah Pilgrim, Head of Co-Curricular Activities, explains why having a co-curricular programme, rather than an extra-curricular one, is fundamental to School life.

Discover 05/03/20

Can sport benefit your academic performance?

Our Head of Tennis and former Wimbledon and Davis Cup star, Josh Goodall considers the value of sport in education and answers the question, “What do you really learn from sport?”

Discover 30/01/20

What are the benefits of single sex education?

Mrs Tara Reeve, Sixth Form Housemistress explains why girls thrive in single sex education

Discover 28/11/19

Why we should take time to read for pleasure

Mrs Jenny Hill, Learning Resources Manager celebrates the very real benefits of reading for pleasure.

Discover 16/10/19

Why you should learn a foreign language

Mrs Jane Basnett, Head of Modern Languages argues that learning a foreign language has never been more important.

Discover 09/09/19
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How to get the most out of boarding school

Mrs Genevieve Ford, our Boarding Deputy, breaks down the unique benefits of boarding school and how to ensure that each student thrives.

Discover 02/05/19
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A global perspective

Headmistress Mrs Emma McKendrick discusses what it means to prepare girls for a fast-changing globally connected world.

Discover 30/04/19

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