At Downe House Riyadh, we want to ensure that your child’s admission to the school is as informative, personal and straightforward as possible.

Our team are available to answer your questions and help you.

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Thank you for your interest in Downe House Riyadh.

We are accepting applications for entry in August 2023 for boys and girls aged 3 – 9 (Pre-School – Year 4) and applications for girls aged 9 – 18 (Year 5 – Year 12). We warmly invite you to submit an application or contact us if you have questions, or would like to arrange a tour of the school.

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The Process

Step 1: Application

The pupil and their parent(s) complete the application process using our simple online form. The Admissions team will then be in touch to book an assessment. At this point we ask for important documentation, including school reports and family identification, where applicable. Prior to the assessment taking place, the school application fee and assessment fee must be paid in full. If you have any queries or would like to arrange a tour of the school, please contact the Admissions team who will be happy to help you.

Step 2: Assessment

We invite all potential pupils to Downe House Riyadh for an evaluation based on their age and stage of education. Pupils will complete an assessment and have an opportunity to meet with a Senior Leader and/or a member of the Admissions team.

If applicants are currently living abroad, our Admissions team will be in contact to arrange alternative assessment procedures.

Step 3: Offer

Within one week, the Admissions team will contact the family regarding the results of the assessment. If successful, families will receive a formal offer in writing which will include details of the deposit required to secure the place, key dates and additional information that will be helpful for families when making their decision.

Step 4: Enrolled

On formal acceptance of the offer (payment of deposit and signed acceptance), Downe House Riyadh will welcome you, and enrol your child as a new pupil. This then leads to a series of events and processes to initiate and integrate each pupil and their parents into the wider Downe House family, as preparation for a smooth transition and a positive start at the school.

Helpful guide to the ‘Year’ system at Downe House Riyadh

Pupils move through different year groups as they progress through different phases of their education at Downe House Riyadh. Here is a guide to help you to understand the correlation between Grades and Years. At Downe House Riyadh, we use the Year model aligned with the UK education system.

Age on entry

Grade system

Year system

Co-educational or girls

School phase at Downe House Riyadh












Year 1



Grade 1

Year 2



Grade 2

Year 3


Prep School


Grade 3

Year 4



Grade 4

Year 5

Girls only


Grade 5

Year 6

Girls only


Grade 6

Year 7

Girls only


Grade 7

Year 8

Girls only


Grade 8

Year 9

Girls only

Senior School


Grade 9

Year 10

Girls only


Grade 10

Year 11

Girls only


Grade 11

Year 12

Girls only


Grade 12

Year 13

Girls only

The Admissions team will happily guide you and answer any questions you may have on the entry point for your child. Ages of entry for each Year Group are determined by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia.

Admission Enquiries

Admissions Enquiries

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