GLOBAL SCHOOLS' EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
Our network of 12 partner schools across five continents is a hugely exciting initiative. It allows girls in the Fifth Form to have an immersive experience in South Africa, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, India or Germany, living as boarders or with a host family. This is an exchange arrangement whereby girls from partner schools also spend time at Downe House where they always receive a warm welcome. In addition, teacher exchanges are part of the programme, allowing teaching staff to experience worldwide best practice or to discover, for example, how schools overseas integrate technology in education.
There are numerous social, cultural and educational benefits and every experience allows the student to develop openness, flexibility, sensitivity and new perspectives. Increasingly universities look very favourably on pupils who have had the benefit of experiences gained whilst living overseas.