About the School
Downe House School’s aim has always been to nurture girls to play a full and positive part as a citizen of the global community and as an outstanding woman of the future in a campus without any gender-stereotypes.
To provide a global outlook to the girls, all Year 8 girls will spend a term in France to have a unique learning and living experience at Downe House Sauveterre. The Upper School and Sixth Form will also have the opportunity to take part in the far-reaching Global Student Exchange Programme with 16 partner schools across six continents. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is one of the notable alumni.
Most students are full boarders and there are 10 boarding houses divided into three stages including 3 for Lower School, 5 for Upper Schools and 2 for Sixth Form. Specialised care is offered for each stage to meet the very different needs of the girls at each stage of their teenage development.
Exam Results and University Destinations
In 2020, at GCSE, over 71% of the grades were 9-8 and 90% were 9-7. And the number of grade 9s across all subjects once again stands at 45% against a national percentage is 6.6%. At A Level and Pre-U, 46% of the grades were A* (or equivalent) and 95% were A*-B (or equivalent).
In 2020, 2 students have accepted places at Oxford and 5 have accepted places at Cambridge. Over 25% of the leavers went on to study STEM subjects.
Lacrosse programme in Downe House has an excellent reputation and they have won the National Schools Tournament five times. Currently they have three girls in a national programme. They also place top four nationally in the National Schools Squash Competition.
There is also a strong choral tradition at Downe House and two of their six main choirs have recently won national awards.
The Murray Centre has been the most significant building project in Downe House’s history. It houses key spaces for learning and day-to-day activities including a state-of-the-art library, multi-purpose auditorium, seminar spaces, a cafe, the school shop and more. It has become the heart of campus.