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Language of instructionEnglish
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 20 students / class
Maximum 24 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: ﷼ 51,750
to: ﷼ 92,000
Address: Abi Alhasan Alhsry, Al Aqiq, Riyadh 13511, Saudi Arabia

Downe House admits boys and girls in Pre-Prep and Lower Prep (ages 3-9) and girls only from Upper Prep and beyond (ages 9-18).
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Number of students


Number of nationalities represented in the school


Most common nationality

Saudi Arabian Nationals, British, Australian, Pakistan

Ratio of local students to international students


Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes. We provide a comprehensive English and Arabic as additional languages programme and our ambition is for pupils to become bilingual

Additional language classes offered by the school

Arabic, French

Max. number of students per class

20 - 24

Average number of students per class


Does the school employ teaching assistants?


Use of technology in the classroom

Interactive whiteboards are present in all classrooms. Pupils benefit from dedicated computer laboratories and specialist computing teachers. Tablets and laptops are also used in the classroom to support and enhance learning.

Is the school ready to use virtual classrooms when needed? (e.g. teaching lessons online if the school is closed, e.g. during COVID-19 closures)

Yes. Online video direct with teachers and live from our UK parent school. We also provide pupils and parents access to a Virtual Learning Environment and Parent Portal via an online login.

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

Our school offers Islamic Studies from Pre-School to Year 13.

How does the school accommodate non-religious students or students of a different religion?

Non-Muslim students will have alternative curriculum provisions. We are a fully inclusive school and welcome pupils and families from all religions and countries.

External examinations or assessments available

IGCSEs and A Levels

Results in these examinations

As a new school in Riyadh, we have not yet had a graduating cohort. However, our parent school, Downe House UK, is in the top 5 UK independent schools for academic results.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

Children spend more time at school than most others so that they can complete a full extra curricular programme and much of their homework. We also encourage independent learning at home which increases as children get older and closer to major public examinations.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

As a new school in Riyadh, we have not yet had a graduating cohort. However, at our parent school, Downe House UK, 94% of pupils attend their first-choice university.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs


Learning support offered

Our school has a Learning Support Department which supports pupils with mild to moderate learning needs.

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Our school offers a rigorous academic curriculum with enrichment opportunities to stretch and challenge pupils. Individual talents are identified and fostered through our dedicated teaching team.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes, we believe student mental health is an important part of successful development.

Entry evaluation for students


Brief description of entry evaluation required

Younger pupils will complete an assessment around numeracy, literacy and social skills. Older pupils will complete an interview, computerised assessment and writing task.

Waiting list

Yes, in certain year groups.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Applications are accepted all year round, for year groups with places still available.

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, if places are still available.

School start time


School finish time

2.45pm (Pre-School and Reception) 4.15pm (Year 1-Year 13)

Supervised care before/after school

Yes, we offer breakfast club and after school care, and a range of paid for academy activities.

School bus service available


School provided lunches

Yes, hot and cold school lunches can be purchased. Our food is of high quality and served for a healthy balanced diet.

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes, Halal and vegetarian options are available.

Uniform required


Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

We offer a broad range of co-curricular activities in sport, music and creative arts.

Sports activities included

Our school offers a wide range of sports, including swimming. Downe House Riyadh is one of the few schools to offer its own indoor swimming pool.

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes, all ages will take part in team sports and have a wide choice of provision.

Facilities at the school

560-seat lecture theatre, drama hall, music studios, dedicated libraries, specialist science, and IT labs. For younger children Downe House Riyadh offers indoor play equipment.

Sports facilities at the school

An indoor Swimming pool, mixed use sports hall, dance studios, gym facilities, squash courts, boxing room, karate room and basketball/football courts.

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Downe House Riyadh offers a co-educational (boys and girls) setting from Pre School to Year 4. Years 5 - 13 offers a 'girls only' environment, mirroring our parent school, Downe House UK.
For over 100 years, Downe House has nurtured pupils from young children, through their teenage years and into adulthood. Our spectacular school in Riyadh harnesses that heritage by offering pupils a tailored education that combines the best of British with the tradition of and respect for Arabic culture.
Our faculty preserves traditional values and provides a safe, nurturing environment for pupils between the ages of 3 and 18.
The Downe House DNA embraces and develops children through the core values of – Collaboration, Resilience, Creativity, Aspiration, Compassion, Communication and being Outward-Looking and Digital Ready.
We give our pupils every opportunity to develop important skills and characteristics through all aspects of life at Downe House Riyadh. In the classroom, sports hall, on stage and everywhere in between, these core values are the hope, aim and challenge for every pupil. With the very best facilities of any school in Riyadh, our children flourish, grow in confidence and thrive in a happy, caring community.

Teaching approach of the school

Academic excellence lies at the heart of what we do at Downe House Riyadh. Our culture fosters ambition, ignites a love of learning, and is underpinned by a nurturing and supportive community.

We are committed to ensuring that pupils leave Downe House with a lifelong intellectual curiosity, the self-belief to embrace the challenges of higher education and the world of work, and the knowledge that they are part of a passionate and dynamic school community.

At Downe House we give every pupil the time and space to discover and pursue unique talents by offering an impressively broad curriculum and outstanding specialist teaching.

Our state-of-the-art facilities and passion for 21st century learning enable a new kind of creativity and collaboration in the classroom and beyond. The consistently outstanding academic results of Downe House UK offer a glimpse into the quality of our academic curriculum.

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