Admissions Process

Admissions Process

Welcome to Downsend School Admissions

The whole process of selecting an appropriate school for your child can be difficult therefore we have made our admissions procedure informative and tailored to you.

Our Admissions Team will be there to help you along the way so please feel free to contact them on 01372 372197 or by email

Please note that both the Registration Form and the Registration Fee must be received by the school before we proceed with your registration.

The different entry points to Downsend School are as follows:

Nursery & Pre-Preparatory Schools

Our three Pre-Prep schools based in Ashtead, Epsom and Leatherhead offer full time education for boys and girls from the age of 2 years.  Most pupils join the Nursery School at 2 or 3 years of age, although we are delighted to consider applications for pupils joining Reception and Year 1. Entry into the Nursery is in order of registration with priority given to siblings of pupils already enrolled in the school. Pupils joining our Nursery are expected to progress through the school.

Starting with flexible sessions we build from half days, in First Steps, up to full-time in Reception and Year 1 so the children are ready for their next stage Prep School.

First Steps – Children can join Downsend in First Steps after their second birthday.

Reception – Children join in the September after their fifth birthday.

Additional Year groups – Places are often available in other year groups, so please do check with our Admissions Team.

Prep School

Our main site (Lower School and Upper School) is based in Leatherhead and educates boys and girls from age 6 to 16 from September 2020.

6+ entry – there is automatic entry in Year 2 for children at our Pre-Preps

7+ entry – this is our main Year 3 in-take point for children aged 7

11+ entry – children can also join us in Year 7

13+ entry – children can join us in Year 9 from September 2020 and September 2021

Additional Year groups – places can become available in other year groups, so please do check with our Admissions Team.

Please use the links below to view our admissions processes for our Pre-Preps and Prep School.

01372 372311