Why Downsend School?


1 - By the end of their first term in Reception, 95% of our children are reading. By the end of Year One, 95% are also working above the National Average in Literacy and Numeracy.

2 - When they transfer to the Prep School, age 6, 90% of our children are a year ahead of national expected levels.

3 -  From age 2, all our pupils have access to specialist teaching in French, Music, Sport and Dance.

4 - Our Forest School forms part of our enriched afternoon curriculum, which also includes ball skills, cooking and drama.  

5 - Our Prep School builds on the skills established through a bright and lively curriculum, which delivers academic excellence whilst ensuring every day offers each child new challenges and opportunities. 

6 - Over 95% of our students earn a place at their first choice senior school, with over 40 academic, sporting or creative scholarships awarded each year. 


At Downsend, we are proud of our consistently excellent results, which allow our pupils to move on to a broad range of top senior schools.


Upcoming Open Days

Pre-Prep Schools Age 2-6

Saturday 1st October

Prep School Age 6-13

Saturday 24th September






A warm welcome to Pre-Prep Ashtead, a busy school for 2 to 6 year olds, based within the heart of the village community. Parents who choose us are drawn to the caring and friendly atmosphere of this village school. It has a strong community feel and provides an instant network of support for young families.

We provide an outstanding quality of education for our pupils and work in partnership with parents to ensure we are constantly creating the very best learning environment. By the time children leave our Pre-Prep at the end of Year 1, pupils have achieved high standards; they have developed into confident young people and are well prepared for the next stage on their educational journey at our Prep School. 

My staff and I are very proud of Pre-Prep Ashtead and during the last inspection, which took place in November 2014, the school was rated as outstanding in every way. You can read the full reports for Early Years and for age 3 – 6 here. I would be delighted to show you around so you can see for yourself why Pre-Prep Ashtead is so special.

You are always welcome, so please use the form below to book a visit or contact our Admissions Registrar, Sarah Concanon, on 01372 372311, or via E-mail, and she will be happy to arrange an appointment for you.

Tessa Roberts
Head of Pre-Prep Ashtead 

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