About Us

We are a close, caring community: we win as a team, we lose as a team. We are committed to bringing out the best in each and every child.

Downsend has private schools for children aged 2 -16. The schools are located in Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom, Surrey. From Pre-Preps, through Lower School, Upper School and on to Senior School, all of our pupils receive an education that allows them to express themselves and achieve their full potential.

Our school has a rich history of producing exceptional educational results and giving children the perfect foundation to move into further education.

Welcome to Downsend

Or in the words of one of our Year 3 pupils, ”the school of happy smiles”

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Why Downsend?

Common Entrance 100% pass rate, 13+scholarships awarded in Art, Music and Sport, 1 in 3 scholarships are academic.

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The Downsend Journey

Children come to us at 2 years in awe of the world they leave at 13 independent learners and thinkers.

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Our Pastoral Promise

Academic progress is underpinned by a culture of happiness and support. Excellence and personal development go hand in hand.

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Mission, Aims and Values

Here you can discover the Spirit of Downsend that lies at the heart of our school.

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Our History

Downsend - forward looking and progressive but built on the solid foundations of the past.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

Over 70 different extra-curricular activities, not including a dynamic programme of Sport, Music and Drama.

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Our first class facilities attract strong partnerships with local sporting bodies, children have access to elite coaching and training.

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Inspection Reports

Our 2014 Inspections gave outstanding feedback “Pupils attain high standards, gaining scholarships at prestigious local schools when they leave.”

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Senior School Expansion

There is now a greater choice for Surrey pupils heading towards their GCSEs with the announcement that Downsend School in Leatherhead will expand to include a Senior School from September 2020.

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Leadership Team and Staff

People are what make our school inspirational. Come and meet our team.

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We want to hire inspirational people who are the best at what they do. Find out about our Job vacancies and what it’s like to work as part of Cognita Schools

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Here you will find Downsend’s school policies, including those for our three Pre-Prep Schools.

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Cognita Schools

Cognita is a global leader in independent education, committed to seeing children achieve their full potential.

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