Downe House has a charm and character all of its own, set on a stunning 110 acre estate in Berkshire, overlooking woodland and the historic Berkshire Downs. Its appeal for many lies in the fact that it feels like a home as soon as you set foot in the gates.
The School buildings are clustered at the heart of the site, surrounded by sports facilities and extensive grounds, providing a safe, tranquil environment for the School community. The village of Cold Ash lies outside the School gates, and the towns of Newbury and historic Oxford are within easy reach. The girls regularly visit Newbury for shopping, restaurant and cinema trips as well as to participate in local sports clubs.
The M4 motorway is two miles away (Junction 13) providing easy access to Heathrow (45 miles), central London (60 miles) and other parts of the country.
The true heart of the School is surrounded on three sides by ancient cloisters (the remnants of a religious order that occupied the site) and bounded by classrooms, a beautiful 1930s dining hall, Upper School boarding Houses, the Concert Room, Design and Technology rooms and Art studios. Beyond this lie the Chapel, further boarding Houses, Music rooms, the Performing Arts Centre, the modern languages department, specialist science laboratories, a fully-equipped ICT suite, our historic Barn Library and additional classrooms housing the humanities, mathematics and social sciences.
Sports facilities are at every turn. As well as a 25m indoor pool, sports hall and gym there is a dance studio, fitness suite, indoor squash courts and 10 tennis courts. Our sports field is home to a floodlit astroturf for hockey, lacrosse pitches, grass athletics track and a sports pavilion.
Construction is already underway to build a state-of-the-art Centre for Learning, due to open in September 2018 with views on three floors over the woodland and Downs. As the biggest and most successful capital campaign ever launched by the Downe House Foundation, it will provide a multi-purpose innovative performance space, gallery, learning pods, seminar rooms, workshop and recital spaces and café. It has brought together parents, alumnae and donors in a transformational project that will touch the lives of all future pupils.
Downe House, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9JJPhoto Gallery
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