Downe House

Whoever you are… Whoever you want to be… Be a Downe House girl.

What does it mean to be a Downe House girl? The answer is in the Downe House DNA:

  • Collaboration
  • Resilience
  • Creativity
  • Aspiration
  • Compassion
  • Communication
  • Outward looking

In the classroom, on the pitch, on stage and everywhere in between, these values are the hope, aim and challenge for every girl. Beyond that, there is no ‘typical Downe House girl’. Every girl is treated as an individual and whether she is an artist, a scientist, an athlete, or all of these, she will be valued, supported and challenged.

At a glance
Established in 1907, Downe House is a traditional girls’ boarding school with a modern approach, offering family-friendly boarding balanced with an exceptional range of opportunities. It has been a Microsoft Showcase School since 2018.

Global outlook
Downe House boasts an exceptional programme to nurture global citizens. Every girl in the Lower Fourth (Year 8) spends a term at our school in France experiencing French life. Older girls can take part in the Global Schools’ Exchange Programme, studying abroad in one of 16 partner schools across 6 continents. There is also a new Global Internship Programme and DH LINKS, the School’s comprehensive career network.

Academically, Downe House encourages ambition and ignites a love of learning through a supportive community. It is always the personal triumphs and individual achievements that are most celebrated. However, the statistics provide plenty of evidence of our girls’ academic success.

In 2021, at I/GCSE 89% of grades were at 9-7 and remarkably 73% of girls achieved grade 7-9 in nine or more subjects. At A Level, 22 girls left Downe House having achieved 3 or more A* grades, which is an outstanding achievement. With 98% of girls achieving A*-B grades, our girls are going on with confidence to take up places at some of the world’s top universities and institutions.

Pastoral Care
“The overwhelming feeling was that of kindness and partnership.” (New parent, 2019)

Downe House was founded as ‘a school where each individual within the community matters’, and this has not changed. We work in partnership with parents to ensure that every Downe House girl leaves School with a lifelong intellectual curiosity, a self-belief that she can face life’s challenges, and a steadfast place in a lively school community.

Downe House offers families a boarding model well-suited to the needs of a busy modern family. Offering both boarding and day places, Downe House provides every girl with the gift of time and space for extra-curricular activities balanced with important family time.

An easy drive from London takes you to our beautiful school campus in the heart of rural West Berkshire, where our stunning 110-acre woodland estate overlooks the historic Berkshire Downs.

Girls enjoy the close proximity to other schools for match fixtures and enrichment events, as well as hosting and attending socials with local prep schools and independent schools such as Eton College, Radley College, Bradfield College and Harrow School.

Be a Downe House girl
As one Sixth Former summed up the experience, ‘I left Downe House with the feeling there was nothing I couldn’t achieve.’


  • Head Emma McKendrick
  • Emma McKendrick
  • Age range 11 - 18
  • Day / Boarding
    • Day
    • Full Boarding
  • Religious affiliation Christian
  • Exams
  • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
  • 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term) September 2020 - July 2020
  • Senior School
    • £10,435 - £14,030 per term
  • Sixth Form
    • £10,435 - £14,030 per term
  • Find out more about fees >
  • Exams
    • Exams
    • 14+ GCSE, IGCSE
    • 16+ A Level, Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Fees (per term)
    • Fees (per term) September 2020 - July 2020
    • Senior School
      • £10,435 - £14,030 per term
    • Sixth Form
      • £10,435 - £14,030 per term
    • Find out more about fees >

Bursaries & Scholarships

Downe House is highly committed to opening its access to the education it offers to those girls who would otherwise be denied the opportunity of a boarding experience of the highest calibre and quality. In particular we want to increase our bursary provision so that the girls can benefit from the academic, cultural, sporting and social experiences that Downe House provides.

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Scholarships & Bursaries offered
  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Drama scholarships
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils
  • Music scholarships
  • Sixth Form scholarships
  • Sport scholarships


Downe House from above
Sport at Downe House

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, the GSA is not responsible for inaccuracies.

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