Downe House has been nurturing females from infancy through adolescence and into adulthood for over a century, and its magnificent school in Riyadh capitalises on that heritage by providing a customised education that combines the best of British with the tradition of, and respect for, Saudi culture and language.
The school’s all-female faculty preserves traditional values and provides a safe and caring environment for pupils between the ages of 3 and 18 (boys and girls are admitted in Pre-Prep and Lower Prep, ages 3-9), but it’s girls only from Upper Prep and beyond, ages 9-18).
The school’s all-female faculty preserves traditional values and provides a safe and caring environment
The Founding School
Downe House School is an independent girls’ boarding school located in Berkshire, England. The school was founded in 1907 by Olive Willis and has a long history of providing education to girls from various backgrounds. It is considered one of the most prestigious and renowned girls’ boarding schools in the United Kingdom.
The school has a notable list of alumnae who have gone on to achieve success in various fields, including literature, arts, sciences, politics, and more. Families from all over the world send their children to Downe House UK. The school has created a global network of over 3,000 women of whom many are well-known world figures, including Lady Gabriella Windsor, Dame Alice Rosemary Murray (the first, female Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University), and members of the Saudi, Malaysian, and Belgian royal families
The school places emphasis on the development of character, integrity, and leadership qualities
Empowering Minds, Enriching Futures
Everything at Downe House Riyadh is designed to encourage, stimulate, and inspire pupils. The school aims to promote genuine personal enquiry and intellectual curiosity. It nurtures individual talents and interests beyond the academic sphere and fosters a culture of inclusivity and respect for others.
The school places emphasis on the development of character, integrity, and leadership qualities among its students. Downe House aims to foster an environment where girls can grow into confident and capable individuals who are prepared to take on leadership roles in the future.
What does it mean to be a Downe House girl? The answer is in the key characteristics known as the Downe House DNA – Compassion, Collaboration, Resilience, Creativity, Aspiration, Communication, being Outward-Looking and Digital Ready.
Students are given every opportunity to develop these important skills and characteristics through all aspects of life at Downe House Riyadh, and with the very best facilities of any girls’ school in Saudi Arabia, its children flourish, grow in confidence and thrive in a happy, caring community.