VEYRINES - A TERM IN FRANCE
The term in France is a unique opportunity to experience life in the heart of the beautiful Périgord Noir. All members of the Lower Four (Year 8) take part in this great adventure, which becomes a highlight of their education at Downe. The school is situated in the heart of the village of Veyrines de Domme and it is here that we provide a safe and secure environment for the girls.
Living in beautifully restored and cosy farm buildings that surround an attractive courtyard, the girls are cared for by the school's Head, Deb Scotland, who lives on site with her husband, Iain, who is also the administrator. The Deputy Head, Louise Lameret, lives nearby with her husband and daughter, Chloe. All other members of teaching and domestic staff are French and the whole team is dedicated to the welfare and education of the girls.
The term in Veyrines is designed to provide each girl with the opportunity to immerse herself in a new culture. Teaching and learning are of the utmost importance and whilst girls inevitably make enormous progress in French, they can also expect to be challenged intellectually and personally on a daily basis, becoming more independent and confident as a result. School-based learning is supported by an extensive and stimulating programme of visits which have included working with a truffle expert, visits to historical sites and a variety of sporting activities. The Veyrines term also includes charity work, opportunities for collaborative projects with pupils of a similar age, a partnership with a local primary school where the girls teach English and performing in concerts for elderly members of the community.