The school was run by Olive Willis
, a graduate of Somerville College
, Oxford, a very strong-willed and influential woman. The school was slightly irregular and amateurish,
Glendinning, Victoria. Elizabeth Bowen. Alfred A. Knopf, 1978.
but the pupils were expected to...
Downe House had been founded at Charles Darwin
's old home by Olive Willis
, a remarkable woman who was still headmistress, who exercised an important influence on AR
, and whose biography Ridler later...
published a biography of her own old headmistress: Olive Willis
and Downe House
, An Adventure in Education, with a foreword by Elizabeth Bowen
Contemporary Authors: New Revision Series. Gale Research, 1981.
Ridler, Anne. Olive Willis and Downe House. John Murray, 1967.
Educationalist Olive Willis
founded a school for girls at Downe House in Kent, formerly occupied by Charles Darwin
. Downe House School
began with one pupil, five teachers, and no financial backing.