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Downe House School

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Wellbeing is key to the girls and staff and the school has introduced a raft of inspiring initiatives – yoga classes, copies of The Positive Bullet Diary for pupils, scented diffusers in the boarding houses and puppy therapy to help girls unwind. ‘It’s the girls’ home,’ says the boarding deputy, ‘and it’s really important that they feel secure. They need to get good grades but we want our girls to become women who are comfortable in their own skin and who won’t be afraid to stand up for what they believe in...’ 

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What the school says...

Downe House has always aimed to celebrate individual achievement within a boarding community framework by giving girls the maximum range of opportunities possible. Whilst our facilities are constantly developing, our primary focus is on people and pastoral care which underpin all achievement.

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Since 1997, Emma McKendrick BA PGCE FRSA (50s). Educated at Bedford High School (now Bedford Girls’ School) and then read German and Dutch at the University of Liverpool. She spent a year working in a German school during her degree and found she loved teaching so decided to do a PGCE at Birmingham. Her first teaching job was at the Royal High School Bath, where she taught German, ran the boarding house and became head of the sixth form. Later promoted to deputy head, she was appointed as head at the remarkably young age of 29. Four years later she became head of Downe House.

Her office is stylish and calm, right in the heart of things, with views across the school. ‘It gives me a real sense of what’s...

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Special Education Needs

Our Learning Skills Department supports both girls with mild specific learning diffculties and those who are outstandingly able. Girls are supported in a variety of ways. These may include regular individual lessons, occasional group sessions or visits to relevant lectures, workshops and seminars. The Learning Skills Department is an integral part of the school structure and the flow of communication to ensure all girls are supported in lessons is of paramount importance.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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