Downe House

Established in 1907, Downe House is a traditional British boarding school with a modern twist for girls aged 11-18. Situated just outside London, an hour from Heathrow, the School boasts excellent transport links and is nestled in a beautiful 110-acre woodland estate in Berkshire.

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

Every pupil is treated and celebrated as an individual. Whether she is an artist with an aptitude for Mathematics, a scientist with a love of Music, or an athlete with an interest in Politics, Downe House introduces, nurtures and encourages every pupil to be the best version of themselves.

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The foundation of academic success is evident from the excellent GCSE and A Level results. In 2022, 88% GCSE grades were 9-7, with 34% at the very top grade 9. At A Level, 92% of girls achieved A* to B grades and 75% A*or equivalent.


Downe House honours an exceptional programme to nurture global citizens and expands the girls’ cultural horizons. In year 8, girls spend a term at Downe House Sauveterre in France and later can take part in the Global Schools’ Exchange Programme, studying abroad in one of 15 partner schools across 6 continents.


Girls in the Sixth Form benefit from the Global Internship Programme and DH LINKS, the School’s comprehensive networking and career initiative, along with the World Ready programme, which is layered into every aspect of school life to prepare pupils for the wider world.

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Enquire about: Downe House
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HeadMrs Emma McKendrick
School TypeSenior school for girls
Senior Age Range11 - 18
AcademicGCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Vocational Mini MBA, Ivy House Leadership qualification.
Boarding Fees From£15,920.00 per term
Forces DiscountMeans tested bursary
Total Students585
Youngest Boarder11
Senior Boarders561
Int'l Students56
Closest Airport 1Heathrow (73km)
Closest Airport 2Gatwick (132km)
School AddressDowne House School
Hermitage Road
Cold Ash
RG18 9JJ