The Downsend Environment

The Downsend Environment

The summer of 2019 saw the first phase of Downsend’s ambitious refurbishment and redevelopment plan take place. In total £8m will be spent on the project to ensure that pupils have access to state of the art STEAM spaces including Science Laboratories, Technology spaces, Art studios, flexible learning spaces, Food Technology areas, Libraries, and new ICT facilities.


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Downsend School – Creative Arts Centre Development – launching Spring 2022

Downsend’s brand new £5m Creative Arts Centre will be the jewel in the crown of our exceptional development project. In line with our belief that the creative arts should be integrated into traditional academic to help every child develop their full potential, this centre will become an integral part of school life.

The Creative Arts Centre will provide a multi-purpose performance auditorium, flexible teaching spaces and specialist facilities for Drama and Music.  It has been designed to provide new connections between the Sports Hall and the Turret buildings and will house a multi-purpose auditorium with tiered seating for 200. The suite of spaces will also include ‘black box’ drama and dance studio, a recording studio and spaces that will enable a variety of music practices, alongside dressing rooms, props storage and a first-floor control room.

All four schools in the Downsend family will benefit from the centre and our pupils will have the wonderful experience of staging productions in a tailor-made setting.

Visit our Creative Arts pages for more detail.

Creative Arts Centre Illustration

Sporting facilities

Downsend’s sporting environment is impressive and extensive, enabling children to participate in a range of sports. We are proud to have been a finalist in the Independent Schools of the Year 2019 Awards in the category of ‘Outstanding Sporting Achievement’. We consider sport to be vital for wellbeing, for developing a collaborative mindset and developing self-confidence. We are lucky to have a high performing and dedicated team of Sports Professionals at Downsend who coach children across the full breadth of sports. Our facilities reflect our high ambitions and include:

  • 25m heated indoor swimming pool
  • 3 full sized football/rugby pitches
  • 6 floodlit netball courts
  • 100m floodlit Astro-turf pitch
  • 50m indoor sports hall
  • Sports Pavilion
  • Forest School


Facilities at Little Downsend

Whether you’re at Little Downsend in Leatherhead, Ashtead or Epsom, each have truly outstanding facilities. Although they each possess their own special character, our focus on ensuring that Downsend children have well-equipped, light, airy classrooms, brimming with interactive activities, all designed for child-centred learning does not waver from one to the next.

Our outdoor spaces are where we surpass ourselves, designed specifically for the needs of children aged 2 to 6, offering soft surfaced areas, zoned play, undercover seating for those inevitable rain showers, quiet spots for relaxing, and a garden for growing our own fruits and vegetables. Each Little Downsend is on the road to earning their Level 5 RHS School Garden Award. 

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