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Embassy Downe House

Downe House

This prestigious boarding school is nestled within the picturesque Berkshire countryside. With both a rich history and an association with academic excellence, Downe House provides an enchanting and historical environment in which to learn.

Surrounded by rolling hills and charming woodlands, Downe House is only a short journey from the historic market town of Newbury. Boasting the perfect blend of classic features and modern facilities, this location provides a truly immersive setting for young learners.

Quick facts

Location: Downe House

Dates available: 07 Jul – 18 Aug

Ages: 10 – 18

Accommodation: Twin/Triple/Quad Standard Rooms

Emergency Number: +44 7771 845978

Living

  • Twin/Triple/Quad Standard Rooms
  • Rooms are located on-site at Downe House
  • Room furniture includes a wardrobe, desk, and chair
  • Rooms are cleaned weekly
  • Laundry is available in the residence building
  • Meals are served in the dining hall
  • Wi-Fi throughout
  • Bathrooms are cleaned every weekday and linen is changed weekly
  • Students must bring their own towel
  • A deposit of £30 is required upon arrival and the replacement of a lost key is £35

Dining & facilities

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

Breakfast

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

 
Lunch
 

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

 

Dinner

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

 

Facilities

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

Learning

  • Taught by friendly and professional English teachers
  • 20 x 45-minute lessons per week morning or afternoon
  • Placement test on day 1
  • Maximum 17 students per class
  • Students will be placed in an international class with students of different nationalities
  • Spacious modern classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • Curriculum with emphasis on communication skills
  • Materials included as well as an end-of-course certificate and report

Programme

Arrival

Students will be welcomed upon arrival at Downe House where they will register and get their room keys so that they can check in to their rooms.

Welcome

On the first evening, there will be a welcome activity which is designed to ensure students have the opportunity to meet staff and other students and get to know more about the campus, its facilities, and useful information that will help them during their stay.

Activities

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
Excursions and Trips
london
Full-day Trips:

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.

Optional Trips:

Stratford Upon Avon: Discover the beautiful hometown of Shakespeare steeped in history and culture.

Hampton Court Palace: With its 500 years of royal history and set in sixty acres of world-famous gardens the Palace is a living tapestry of history from Henry VIII to George II.

Winchester: a historic city in England, boasts two iconic landmarks that draw visitors from around the world. Winchester Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, is a place of worship and a repository of centuries of history and art. 

Thorpe Park: Home to thrilling rides, attractions & live events.

Windsor Castle: Visit the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world that has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.

Highclere Castle: famous for being the setting for the iconic ‘Downtown Abbey’ TV series, this castle’s grandeur and history are complemented by its stunning gardens.

Milestones Living Museum: Step back in time and explore the rich heritage of Hampshire through interactive exhibits and engaging displays. 

Warner Bros. Studio Tour: Experience the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and explore iconic sets.

3 Week Sample Programmes

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.

Week 1 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Arrivals/Departures

Onsite Activities

Optional: Winchester with visit to Winchester Cathedral and The Great Hall
Grimsbury Castle Walk

Onsite Sports
Lessons Full-day trip:
London with Westminster walking tour and visit to the National Galery
Half-day trip:
Newbury Market and Shaw House

Optional:
Highclere Castle and Gardens
Drama Workshop

Onsite Sports
Full-day trip:
Brighton with walking tour and visit to The Royal Pavilion
Afternoon Testing/Induction Lessons Lessons
Evening Welcome Games

Onsite Activities
Egg Drop Welcome Disco Film Night Culture Club Themed Disco

Big game bingo
Talent Show
Week 2 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Arrivals/Departures

Onsite Activities

Optional:
Windsor and Windsor Castle
Testing/Induction Lessons Full-day trip:
London with visits to Science Museum or Natural History Museum and Hyde Park
Lessons Lessons Full-day trip:
Bath with walking tour and Roman Baths
Afternoon Walk to Cold Ash

Onsite Sports
Half-day trip:
Basingstoke and Willis Museum/Shopping

Optional:
Milestones Living History Museum
Mini-olympics
Evening Welcome Games

Onsite Activities
Photo Scavenger Hunt Welcome Disco Multi Sports Lip Dub Video Making Themed Disco

Capture the flag
Quiz Night
Week 3 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Arrivals/Departures

Onsite Activities

Optional:
Thorpe Park
Walk to Hermitage

Onsite Sports
Lessons Full-day trip:
London with Westminster walking tour and visit to the National Gallery
Half-day trip:
Reading and Reading Museum
Onsite Sports Full-day trip:
Oxford with walking tour and college visit
Afternoon Testing/Induction Lessons Lessons
Evening Welcome Games

Onsite Activities
Outdoor Football Tournament Welcome Disco Kahoot Quiz Murder Mystery Themed Disco

Treasure Hunt
Capture the flag

Student Welfare

We place the highest priority on care and supervision at all our Embassy summer centres so you can rest assured students are well looked after. Members of staff are available 24 hours a day.

Student Services

Our student support staff can help you with:

  • Accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Information about local services
  • Assistance with individual and personal problems
  • Emergency contact

Medical information

If a student needs medical attention, an Embassy staff member will help make an appointment. Group leaders must accompany the student to an appointment. An Embassy staff member will accompany any student that is not part of a group.

LOCAL DOCTOR
TBC
 
LOCAL HOSPITAL
TBC
 

INSURANCE
If a student does not have insurance to cover their time abroad, guard.me insurance is available to purchase through Embassy Summer.

SAFE 
A safe will be available for the storage of passports, travel documents, and deposits.

In case of emergency

A 24-hour emergency telephone number is available all summer:

+44 7771 845978

Location

Embassy Summer Schools

Downe House

Cold Ash

Thatcham

Berkshire RG18 9JJ