Reception for new parents at the House of Lords
The prestigious location of the House of Lords was the venue for the annual Evening Reception for 130 guests including current parents, Governors, alumnae and staff, kindly hosted by former Downe House parent, The Lord Palmer.
The Reception provided a unique opportunity for new parents whose daughters started at Downe House last September to meet one another as well as members of staff and alumnae in the splendid surroundings of the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace with wonderful views of the River Thames.
The Lord Palmer, 4th Baron of Reading, who is one of the ninety hereditary peers elected to the House of Lords welcomed everyone to the Reception and then alumna, Jemima Atkins (DH 2012) gave a talk about her career path since leaving Downe House five years ago. Jemima studied Natural Sciences at Durham University before joining the graduate programme at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch and is now working as a Debt Capital Market Analyst.
After drinks and canapes had been served, Headmistress, Mrs Emma McKendrick thanked everyone for coming and spoke about the strong foundations of an education at Downe House including the importance placed on developing self-worth, strong values and academic aspiration.