Downsend Prep School - Click here to view report

Downsend Prep School receives inspection visits from the Independent School Inspectorate. The 2014 Inspection Report summarised that ‘Downsend is successful in meeting its aim of providing pupils a welcoming and stimulating environment and finding areas where each child can succeed and gain confidence. Pupils show good achievement, making good progress and attaining high standards, with many gaining scholarships at prestigious local schools when they leave. The range of extra-curricular activities is excellent, so that every child has the chance to find new interests and develop their talents.’

Our three Pre-Preps were all inspected by SIS. Further information on their most recent reports can be found below.

Ashtead Pre-Prep

Inspection Report Under 3  Click here to view the full report

The overall quality and standards of the early years’ provision is outstanding.  The children make excellent progress in their learning and development relative to their starting points and are very well prepared for the next stage in their education.
Leadership within the First Steps class is of the highest quality.

Inspection Report Age 3 - 6   Click here to view the full report

This is an outstanding school.  The oldest pupils’ attainment is above the local average. Progress is outstanding.  The pupils develop excellent reading and numeracy skills.  Speaking skills are outstanding and the pupils confidently discuss their work.  The quality of the curriculum is particularly good. Teaching is also outstanding, especially in the Reception classes.  Throughout the school assessment is of a very high standard.  It informs planning which is thorough.  Reports to parents are outstanding and the school’s well-chosen resources support learning very effectively.  

Epsom Pre-Prep

Inspection Report Under 3  Click here to view the full report

The children make good progress in their learning and development relative to their starting points and they are well prepared for the next stage of their education.
The recently appointed head teacher provides particularly good leadership and management along with her senior management team.  Developments are being carefully and systematically introduced to promote good practice and ensure improved continuity and effectiveness in teaching and learning.  These developments are already showing clear evidence of positive results.

Inspection Report Age 3 - 6   Click here to view the full report

The overall quality of education is outstanding, as is the quality of teaching, especially in the older classes.  The curriculum is wide and rich, and teachers have high expectations of the pupils.  This is reflected in their outstanding progress and confidence in their learning.  Recent improvements, including good use of questioning and encouraging longer, more complex answers, have extended the pupils’ attainment.  Also developments in outdoor learning are in hand and the school is aware of the need to develop the full range of its curriculum outdoors as well as indoors.

Leatherhead Pre-Prep

Inspection Report Under 3  Click here to view the full report

The children make excellent progress in their learning and development.
The children are happy and secure. Their personal and social development is outstanding.
Leadership is good; it supports continuous improvement and evaluates practice effectively.

Inspection Report Age 3 - 6   Click here to view the full report

The quality of education provided at Downsend School Pre-Prep Leatherhead is good with some outstanding features.  The quality of the curriculum is good, and it is significantly broad, being well supported by a good range of extra-curricular activities.  The pupils’ behaviour is particularly good and they develop strong speaking, listening and numeracy skills.  They are confident and articulate.  Teaching is good, and in some classes it is outstanding.  The school is well resourced.