Downe House Riyadh


The first premium British girls’ school for pupils aged 3–18 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Admissions now open for Pre-School to Year 12 (ages 3 – 18).


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“Downe House is an impressive blend of traditional and modern.”

Good Schools Guide, 2019

For over 100 years, Downe House has nurtured girls from young children, through their teenage years and into adulthood. Our spectacular, new school in Riyadh harnesses that heritage by offering a tailored education that combines the best of British with the tradition of, and respect for, the culture and language of Saudi Arabia.

Our all-female faculty preserves traditional values and provides a safe and caring environment for pupils between the ages of 3 and 18. We admit boys and girls in Pre-Prep and Lower Prep (ages 3-9) and girls only from Upper Prep and beyond (ages 9-18).

The Downe House DNA embraces and develops children through the core values of – Collaboration, Resilience, Creativity, Aspiration, Compassion, Communication and being Outward Looking.

We give our pupils every opportunity to develop these important skills and characteristics through all aspects of life at Downe House Riyadh. In the classroom, on the playing field, on the stage and everywhere in between, these core values are the hope, aim and challenge for every pupil. With the very best facilities of any girls’ school in Saudi Arabia, our children flourish, grow in confidence and thrive in a happy, caring community.

Join us and become a Downe House girl.

We are proud to establish the first premium, British girls’ school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Our sister school, Downe House, is one of the most celebrated, all-girls’ schools in the UK and consistently ranks amongst the top 5. Our curriculum in Riyadh follows the same rigorous approach offering fully specialist teaching from Year 5 and above, personalised pastoral care and more lesson time than other schools. This focus on academic excellence allows our pupils to access the very best universities in the world.

Downe House is a Microsoft Centre of Excellence and this emphasis on technology underpins our success as a modern, innovative school. Our inspiring teachers complement cutting-edge, online learning to ensure children can reinforce their education at home as well as in school.


Admissions Enquiries

The best way to find out more about Downe House Riyadh is to arrange a call with our team.


Our History

Downe House UK was founded in 1907 by Olive Willis in the former house of Charles Darwin, the famous British biologist. Located within one hour of London, it has grown to be widely recognised as one of the top girls’ schools in the world.

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Admissions Open for 2024

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