Inspiring young minds at Downsend

Welcome to Downsend School

Welcome to Downsend School. Inspiring Young Minds. Creating Incredible Futures.

Downsend is an innovative and forward-thinking independent school, with a new vision; to inspire a generation to embrace the future, shaping incredible people who will make change in our world. At Downsend, we prepare our young people for the future with a creative and problem-solving approach. We think big, we celebrate innovation, and we never hold back.

We are proud to be a Finalist in the ISA Awards 2021 for Excellence and Innovation in Early Years.

Inspiring a global perspective

Inspiring a global perspective

Shaping incredible people at Downsend

Shaping incredible people

Inspiring creativity at Downsend

Stimulating creativity

Building digital mastery

Explore Our School

Little Downsend - Ages 2-6 years - Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom

Our Little Downsend schools are the perfect setting for little people with very big ideas. We provide a warm and caring environment and an innovative and creative approach to learning. We love the natural curiosity of our little learners – we create activities and themes that encourage investigation, discovery, fun and play. We keep the enthusiasm for learning alive by firing up the imagination of every child. We are very proud that last year, 25% of Little Downsend children exceeded the Early Learning goal for Writing, against a National Average of 11%.

Downsend School (Junior) - Ages 6-11 years - Leatherhead

Children join the Junior School in Year 2, continuing their immersive, fun and creative learning experience at Downsend. We'll encourage your child to think beyond the classroom, gaining skills for the future. Our learning is immersive; it’s hands-on, positive and enriching. We focus on brilliant basics, personalised to each child, mixed with specialist teaching in innovative spaces and unforgettable learning experiences like meeting NASA.

Downsend School (Senior) - Ages 11-16 years - Leatherhead

Joining the Downsend Senior School is the start of an exciting journey through to our 3 year GCSE programme. Our seniors become truly innovative learners, using their 1-2-1 devices to collaborate in teams, research independently, and develop the skills they will need not only for GCSE success, but for future destinations. Our innovative STRETCH programme gives every pupil the most amazing opportunity to learn, try and exceed their own expectations – through Young Engineers, Science in a box (in collaboration with Pfizer) or Designers of the Future, we give our young people remarkable experiences to become the best version of themselves.


As parents you will rightly consider the cost of sending your child to private school. Here at Downsend School, we understand that parents want flexibility in the way they pay their fees. There are different options available to parents, from paying termly in advance by direct debit or if you would like even greater flexibility, monthly through the School Fee Plan.

Our story: an inspiring world of education

Our school is part of Cognita which is an extraordinary family of diverse yet connected schools, spanning ten different countries. We share one common purpose: to create an inspiring world of education that builds self-belief and empowers individuals to succeed. Together, we provide a uniquely global education that goes beyond grades to develop all-round academic excellence – building resilient minds and encouraging positive, international perspectives. We do this by sharing expertise, insights and best practice across the world – and by collaborating to develop rich learning environments in every school. We equip young people with the confidence and resourcefulness that prepares them to grow, thrive and find their success in a fast-changing world.

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