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.

Sarah Concanon, our Registrar, will be there to help you along the way so please feel free to contact her on 01372 372311 or by email

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 Sarah Concanon our Registrar.

Prep School

Our main site (Lower School, and Upper School) based in Leatherhead, educates boys and girls from age 6 to 13.

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 and 8 to prepare for Common Entrance

Additional Year groups – Places can become available in other year groups, so please do check with Sarah Concanon our Registrar.

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

Pre-Prep Admissions Process

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Prep Admissions Process

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