Head: Mrs Emma McKendrick
Telephone: 01635 200286
Head of Boarding Contact Information
Name: Mrs Genevieve Ford
Telephone: 01635 200286
Number in School: 575
Number of Boarders: 575
Boarding Age: 11 to 18

Downe House is situated in 110 acres of wooded grounds, five miles from Newbury and within easy reach of Heathrow Airport. The school’s proximity to the universities of Oxford, Bristol, Southampton and Reading allows the girls to take part in a rich variety of academic enrichment activities outside the school. There are Lower School Houses for girls aged 11+ and 12+, and five Upper School Houses for those between 13 and 16. When girls enter the Sixth Form they move into one of two Lower Sixth Houses where they have twin-shared or individual study bedrooms and facilities appropriate to their needs. All the Housemistresses are members of the teaching staff and are responsible for the coordination of the academic, pastoral, social and moral development of the girls in their care. The school buildings include modern Science Laboratories, an Art School, a Music School, an indoor swimming pool and squash courts and technologically advanced study spaces and a traditional library. The games facilities are excellent; there is an outstanding indoor Sports Centre and an all weather pitch. The school has a state of the art Performing Arts Centre and a Concert Room, which are both used for lectures, concerts and productions. The co-curricular programme at Downe House is exceptional. The girls are provided with a wide variety of weekend and evening activities, plus plenty of fun trips, clubs, societies and events. Our links with the local community, nearby boys' schools and our alumnae enable us to provide the outstanding enrichment opportunities for the girls in our care.

Specialist Subjects Russian, EFL/ESL, Ancient History/Classical Civilisation, Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Mandarin Chinese, Information and Communication Technology and ICDL, Dance, Design & Technology (Resistant Materials), Drama/Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, General Studies, Geography, German, Government/Politics, Greek, History, History of Art, Food Technology/Food & Nutrition, Italian, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Sports Science, Textiles and Fashion Sports Athletics, Cross Country,Fitness Training, Gymnastics, Hockey, Horse Riding, Lacrosse, Netball, Polo, Rounders, Sailing, Shooting, Squash, Swimming,Tennis, Volleyball. Extra Curricular There are many extra curricular activities, including Drama, Dance, Sub Aqua, Pottery, Woodwork, Photography, Art, Craft, Singing, Speech & Drama, Cookery, LEITHS, Model Making and Yoga. There is a regular programme of Co-curricular activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Expeditions and trips abroad to enrich and develop the girls' academic or sporting lives and/or develop leadership qualities are offered alongside Young Enterprise which offers an insight into business practice in the UK. Scholarships Scholarships are awarded in Academic studies, Art, Music, Sport and Drama.

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Boarding Age From: 11 | Boarding Age To: 18

Year Fee Extras included in fees
2019-20 Full boarding £13050 per term; Day £9705 per term None

Downe House has achieved for my daughter something which many parents dream for their child; to help them discover their gifts and passions in life.Former parent