A former convent built for Spanish nuns overlooking the Berkshire downs near newbury, downe house has long been one of England’s best known and most highly regarded all-girls boarding schools. Downe house has long maintained a social, academic and sporting cachet and is a top choice for ambitious parents of daughters. There is also a strong emphasis on morals here, with community service very much a part of the Downe house way of life.
Academic results are impressive without the high pressure present in some of the top schools. Maths is popular, with biology and English close behind. There are a wide range of subjects available to study at Downe house and a particularly impressive array of languages on offer.
All but a handful of local day girls are full boarders and the boarding staff are highly praised. The boarding houses themselves are much loved.
Downe house is 45 minutes from Heathrow to the east.