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Downe House School

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Downe House, Hermitage Rd, Cold Ash, Thatcham RG18 9JJ
Nearest Airports:
Southampton Airport (SOU)
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

School Category

School Type

Full Boarding

Gender Profile

Girls only

School Size


Age Range




Religious Affiliation

Church of England

Student Numbers





Sixth Form



GCSE | iGCSE | A-Level

School Facilities

Football Field(s) on campus
Tennis Court(s) on campus
Swimming Pool on campus
Gym on campus
Hockey Pitch on campus
Lacrosse Pitch on campus

Extracurricular Activities

Duke of Edinburgh award
Weekend trips

Special Education Needs (SEN)

Downe House is an independent boarding school for girls from 11-18 years. Among the School’s population there is a proportion of girls with mild/moderate dyslexia, mild/moderate dyspraxia, low level attention deficit (hyperactive) disorder, mild speech and language difficulties, semantic pragmatic language disorders and hearing impairment.
The School has a Learning Skills (LS) Department consisting of a full time Director of Pupil Progress, one full time specialist teacher, and a number of part time specialist teachers for pupils with specific learning difficulties. The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in the School is the Deputy Headmistress.

Admissions Information

Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries

£10000 per term for Day
£ per term for Weekly Boarding
£13000 per term for Full Boarding

We award scholarships to girls with Academic ability, Art, Sport, Music and Drama. As a Scholar or Exhibitioner, girls have access to our specialist Scholarship programme which offers a range of specialist enrichment activities to inspire her and extend her knowledge, a mentor to guide and encourage her on her journey and important leadership opportunities designed to stretch and challenge her.

Being a Scholar is a position of honour and privilege at Downe. Whilst it does not carry any remission in fees, it does give your daughter a wealth of additional support and additional curricular opportunities alongside the chance to play a key role in the life of the School. These awards open a world of opportunities from which a Scholar or Exhibitioner can expand her learning and explore her own gifts.

Last year, 22 girls benefited from full and partial means-tested bursaries. We value pupils who will flourish in and contribute to life at Downe House, seizing every opportunity and enriching our community.

These gifted pupils will benefit from an education and boarding environment of the highest calibre and quality, as well as the provision of academic, cultural, sporting and social experiences to help them reach their potential.

Our means-tested bursaries are available at all points of entry to Downe House and vary in size based on the circumstances of the applicant’s family. We offer financial assistance as high as 100% plus an allowance towards School extras, recognising that a Downe House education encompasses more than classroom learning.

Bursaries also take into account academic entry requirements and an applicant’s capacity to progress in their work through the School.

What do they say...

I believe that as a school, we have a responsibility to provide our pupils with as many opportunities as possible – academic, co-curricular and pastoral – to allow every girl to grow and develop, and to discover and build on her individual strengths.

A full boarding education provides us with two precious commodities, time and space. These, coupled with excellent teaching and pastoral care, ensure that we are able to offer a broad curriculum, an outstanding range of activities and first class individual care.

Joining Downe House means that you will become part of a community that embraces its pupils, parents, past parents, alumnae, current and past staff. It is our firm belief that if we all work together with one common purpose of supporting our pupils, past and present, to reach their potential, they are far more likely to achieve real success in all spheres.

It is our aim that girls should be fully prepared for life beyond Downe House and leave us with the confidence to take up places at top universities in the UK and overseas and then move on to embark successfully on the widest range of careers across the globe.

Downe House is a very special place and I hope that I, the staff and girls, will have the opportunity to meet you and show you everything that is achieved by the girls on our beautiful site.

Mrs Emma McKendrick


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