Downsend School

Welcome to Downsend School.

Downsend is a unique place – a school with heart, ambition, and a modern outlook on life.

We think with our hearts and our heads, continually evolving to make sure that our young people feel part of something special.

Meet the Head

Head's Welcome.

As Head of Downsend, Ian is the very embodiment of the schools’ approach to life. Outward looking, unafraid of change, or to hold strong opinions on the British Education system, Ian thrives on solving problems and finding new and different ways of doing things.

A hands-on Head, always on the move, in and out of classrooms and on the pitches, Ian is part of the fabric of Downsend.

" ‘Inspiring Young Minds’ is at the heart and soul of our school. It guides our teachers, encourages our pupils to be the best they can be, shapes our creative and challenging curriculum, informs our diverse range of extra-curricular activities, and permeates our vibrant school life – both in and outside the classroom."

- Ian Thorpe

School Stages.

Junior School

Year 3 to Year 6

Senior School

Year 7 to Year 11


Our vision shapes decision-making at Downsend.

Whilst completely committed to every child reaching their full academic potential, we know that results alone will not enable our young people to go out into the rapid-evolving world and be the change-makers, the leaders, the innovators and the creators that are needed. So much of success is mindset, the resilience to challenge yourself, to go a little further whilst also working empathetically with others as a team.

Our vision is designed to make sure that we deliver outstanding opportunities for your child to become truly incredible.

Inspiring interesting learning, coupled with a nurturing and upbeat environment. Our child is thriving at Downsend.

Year 4 Parent, Voice of the Parent Survey 2023

Specialist teaching in specialist facilities

Our outstanding learning spaces.

Located on the Leatherhead Road, just a short walk from both Leatherhead and Ashtead, Downsend occupies a suburban campus.

Offering the best of both worlds, it is conveniently located and easy to get to by road, rail and bus, whilst also providing a large estate that caters for the Junior and Senior Schools, enabling them to occupy their own spaces with their own character.

Sporting facilities are excellent and offer opportunity across the major sports, whilst the brand new £5m Creative Arts Centre is the jewel in the crown.

Inspiring Young Minds. Creating Incredible Futures.


0 - 4 yrs old


2 - 7 yrs old


7-12 yrs old


12 - 16 yrs old


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Downsend School

Admissions: 01372 372311

General: 01372 372197