Downe House Junior English Programmes

Embassy Summer at Downe House

Downe House School, an esteemed all-girls boarding and day school in Berkshire, England, offers a rich history of academic excellence amidst serene countryside. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes, students thrive in a tranquil environment ideal for learning and personal growth.

With a commitment to intellectual curiosity and leadership, complemented by diverse extracurricular activities, Downe House fosters holistic development. Nearby historic towns like Newbury and Oxford provide cultural enrichment opportunities. Downe House School provides a fulfilling educational journey within Berkshire's beauty.

Key Facts:

Price: £1,035 per week (price includes tuition, trips, activities, accommodation and full board)

Location: Downe House, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 9JJ

Dates: 07 July –18 August

Ages: 10–18 (18 year olds accepted as part of a group with a leader)

Accommodation: Single/Twin/Triple standard rooms

Sample Excursion: London, Cambridge and Brighton




  • Room Type: Twin, triple & quad rooms in a traditional British boarding house set up.
  • Bathrooms: shared by up to four students.
  • What's in a room: Room furniture includes a wardrobe, desk and chair
  • Cleaning: Rooms are cleaned weekly
  • Laundry: available at the residence.
  • Meals: are served in a large dining hall
  • Wi-Fi: available throughout
  • Linen: changed weekly
  • Towel: students must bring their own towel
  • A deposit of £30 is required upon arrival and replacement of lost key is £35

Activities are organised before and after lessons and during the evenings. These activities could be on-site or near the centre. These may include:

  • Sports such as football, basketball, and volleyball
  • Daytime activities such as scavenger hunts and drama workshops
  • Evening activities such as quizzes, talent shows, and team games

Our students get to explore exciting places such as Newbury, Reading, Basingstoke, and lots of museums.

London: Visit this exciting capital city and take a walking tour of central London and visit the National Gallery.

Oxford: Home to the world’s oldest university, where we’ll visit a famous college.

Bath: A traditional and charming city, Bath is teeming with elegant Georgian architecture and rich history. Experience the world-famous Roman Baths and enjoy the array of independent shops.

Brighton: A vibrant, popular seaside resort with beautiful architecture, home to the Sea Life Centre.

Whilst delivering bespoke lesson materials, the Embassy lesson is designed to engage students in discussion, to develop the key life skills of collaboration and intercultural communication, and to provide extensive opportunities to practice and build on current language.

Lessons taught by teachers trained to deliver the Embassy Lessons

17 students per class and classes suitable for students of all levels.

15 hours a week

20 x 45 mins in UK, US and Canada

15 x 60 mins in Malta

All learning resources provided are age appropriate and all students receive an end of course certificate of attendance.

Downe House make sure that students have the right nutritional balance. Meals are served in the dining hall.

Continental breakfast including juice, toast, cereal, and fruit.

A minimum of 2 options are available, including a vegetarian option.

A minimum of 2 options are available, including a vegetarian option.



  • Communal dining room and lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Laundry facilities are available
  • ATM is available
  • Indoor sports centre
  • Outdoor playing field

Travel times to nearest airports

(LGW) London Gatwick Airport 1 hour 45 minutes
(LHR) London Heathrow Airport 1 hour 15 minutes
(STN) Stansted Airport 2 hours 30 minutes
(LTN) Luton Airport 2 hours


Travel times to nearest train station

St Pancras International (Eurostar) 2 hours 15 minutes

Sample Timetable


The programme is for illustrative purposes only and is subject to amendments or alterations.

Students may have lessons either morning or afternoon in their first week, alternating weekly after that and visits may change.


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