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From Detention to Distinction

Key to the enrichment and development of our Sixth Form girls is the PSHE Plus programme, which encompasses an inspirational lecture programme and opportunities to lead and participate in enrichment opportunities such as public speaking, peer mentoring, charity work and promoting wellbeing within the Downe community.

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‘REGENERATION’ at Ardington

Over the summer, the DH Art Department entered artworks by a number of Upper Fifth, Lower and Upper Sixth girls into the second Ardington Arts and Crafts Prize, which is open to schools across the region.

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Music Award Holders' Evening kicks off the term

The award of a Music Scholarship or Exhibition opens up a wide range of events, trips and opportunities for girls from Remove to Upper Sixth. The first of these events was a Music Award Holders’ Evening to kick off the term’s programme of events, which include a Music Award Holders’ Recital, Michaelmas Concert and the Senior Choral performing at the Royal Albert Hall as Barnardo’s Senior Choir of the Year.

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New Centre for Learning on schedule

Over the summer holidays, the Centre for Learning has been a hive of activity, both inside and out.

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Downe House uniform comes of age

Change is in the air! Our new Remove (Year 7) starting at Downe House this week are leading the way as the first phase of the Downe House uniform change is implemented.

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40 years of supporting Save the Children

The importance of service and charitable support is very much a part of an education at Downe House and usually, girls themselves choose which charities they support. They include charities with which they have a personal link such as Action4Archie and the Teenage Cancer Trust as well as many other local, national and international charities.

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Medical Matters

Tucked away in the trees in a tranquil spot is the Palmer Centre and a team that never seems to sleep. In the last of our series highlighting behind the scenes teams at Downe House, the medical staff that keep nearly 600 girls fit and healthy tell us about their busy days and nights on call and at the ready.

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Record-breaking I/GCSE results for Downe House girls

We are thrilled with today’s I/GCSE results which have proved to be record-breaking. This year saw 30% of girls achieve 9 A* (new grade 8-9) or above, despite the introduction of new, tougher exams.

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Downe House girls celebrate outstanding A Level results!

Downe House is celebrating the success of this years’ Upper Sixth who today have seen the culmination of two years of their hard work with a superb set of A Level and Pre-U examination results.

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Food, Glorious Food!

In our series of features looking at the ‘behind the scenes’ teams who keep the Downe House show on the road, the spotlight shines on Catering, a busy team of 45 comprising chefs and front of house staff, general assistants, team leaders, kitchen porters, stores manager and many more.

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Maintenance to the Rescue

The Maintenance team, affectionately known by the girls as the ‘Green Men’ move around the site quickly, fault-finding, fixing and moving on.

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Experiencing Downe as a Global Exchange student

The only way to get a true sense of another country’s culture and traditions is to experience it first hand, and the Global Exchange Programme offers the opportunity for girls in the Fifth Form to do exactly that.

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