The boarding school for girls celebrates its centenary

A girls’ boarding school celebrated 100 years on its woodsy Cold Ash campus.

Downe House held a special Founder’s Weekend Festival where pupils, staff and alumni were joined by 100 community members.

The campus celebration, which was the school’s largest community gathering ever, included theater and musical performances as well as sporting events, art exhibits, and a centennial exhibit.

The Downe House turns 100 Photo by The Downe House

The achievements of young women from Downe House were championed and the gathering was able to reflect on key moments in the school’s history through the Moving Memories performance presented by the pupils.

Downe House manager Emma McKendrick said: “These have certainly been difficult times in our world and remain so, but the way our amazing young women have worked together throughout our Founder’s Weekend has reflected the quality of what they produce and gives us tremendous confidence in the future of our school, its next hundred years and the world beyond.

Downe House celebrates 100 years through performance.  Photo by House Downe
Downe House celebrates 100 years through performance. Photo by House Downe

The school, which has attended many famous faces from presenter Clare Balding to actress Miranda Hart, says it is now looking to the future by supporting generations to come.

It will aim to achieve this by pledging to offer scholarships to day pupils covering up to 100% of fees, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary, for those from the local community wishing to enter in 2023 and 2024.

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