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Choral Concert at Epsom College

February 1, 2018

Some of our singers participated in a performance of Ian Assersohn’s Dies Irae last Sunday evening.


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Year 3 Greek Week

February 1, 2018

Year 3 were transported back in time for Greek Week last week through an array of exciting cross-curricular learning opportunities.


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Success at the Rotary Club Public Speaking Competition

February 1, 2018

A few weeks ago Downsend hosted the first round of the Rotary Club’s National Public Speaking Competition. There were six teams taking part in the Intermediate section and just two in the Senior section. The teams came from St John’s, St Teresa’s, Manor House and, of course, Downsend who fielded two teams from Year 8.


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Downsend win the 2018 National Science Quiz

February 1, 2018

On 26th January, the Downsend Science Quiz team travelled to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to compete in the national finals of the Quiz Club Science competition.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – P4C

January 5, 2018

P4C, which is short for Philosophy for Children, is a new addition to our Year One curriculum this year. During the weekly sessions, the children  are asked one question that is the focus of a philosophical enquiry or dialogue.


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Cognita Chef Swap

November 15, 2017

Ruben Lopez the Head Chef from El Limonar International School – Villamartín and Vanessa Chavez our Commis Chef from Downsend Prep are taking part in a Cognita Chef swap this month.


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Downsend Launches New Senior School And GCSE Expansion Plans

November 9, 2017

There is now a greater choice for Surrey pupils heading towards their GCSEs with the announcement that Downsend School in Leatherhead will expand to include a Senior School from September 2020.


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Egyptian Week

October 13, 2017

What an exciting week it’s been! Year 3 has been transported back in time for our Egyptian week. On Thursday, the school was awash with Pharaohs and mummies as the children came in dressed up for our Egyptian day, and they enjoyed workshops lead by the Open Box Theatre Company and the creation of scarab beetle artefacts.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Forest School Fantastic!

October 11, 2017

Muddy wellies,  BIG smiles and hot chocolate stained faces returned to school after Reception and Year One had a wonderful time at Forest School.


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Ashtead Pre-Prep – Fruitilicious

October 9, 2017

This week there was much excitement in school as we welcomed a very special visitor. Julia, a nutritionist from Thomas Franks, came to talk to us about healthy foods.


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Parent feedback programme at Downsend wins award for innovation and excellence

June 9, 2017

A ‘Voice of the Parent’ programme run at Downsend School in Surrey, part of the Cognita group, has won a 2017 Confirmit ACE (Achievement in Customer Excellence) Award. This is the second year that this programme has been commended, with the ongoing feedback received from parents directly inputting into the continuous improvement in schools such as Downsend…….


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USA Day in the Canteen!

May 26, 2017

Downsend Prep School Pupils enjoyed a delicious American themed lunch in the canteen today….


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Year 1 Visit Wisley

May 26, 2017

Year one from Leatherhead Pre-Prep visited Wisley Gardens this week to learn more about plants and the different climates they can grow in, such as deserts and rainforests. They were able to examine some exotic plants with equally exotic names like the Lobster Claw plant and the Red Hot Cats’ Tails. The various cacti were popular too and everyone had a go at taking a


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Early Morning Mandarin at Downsend

May 26, 2017

A Surrey languages teacher is bringing a small part of China to the classroom with her online interactive Mandarin lessons, live from Beijing.   For the last few weeks, Susie Taylor, Deputy Head of Languages at Downsend School, part of Cognita Schools, has treated her Year 8 pupils to an interactive Mandarin lesson live from Beijing using Zoom and a webcam.   From the comfort


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Downsend’s Double Dekker

May 26, 2017

Keen swimmer and Surrey schoolgirl Lauren Dekker, a Year 7 pupil at Downsend School, has won a Gold Medal at the IAPS National Swimming Championships for the second successive year. The prestigious, long-standing event, held at K2, Crawley, allows pupils to compete in both individual and relay events, all of which were hotly contested.   Lauren and five other Downsend girls had qualified for the


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House News!

February 10, 2017

Well done to all the top achievers below, especially to Tilly and Tom Q, who are providing hard to knock off the top spots!  Keep up the good work!   Positions Lower School Upper School Overall 1st Wisley Norbury Headley 2nd Headley Ranmore Norbury 3rd Ranmore Headley Wisley 4th Norbury Wisley Ranmore […]


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Year 1’s ‘Starry Night’

February 9, 2017

1VL at Leatherhead Pre-Prep have been creating their versions of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ using oil pastels, following their recent visit to the National Gallery and learning to paint in the style of famous artists.


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Pre-Prep Leatherhead Visit Africa!

February 9, 2017

This week’s country on our journey around the world is Africa. This week we have been on safari around the school field on the hunt for  African animals and made a tropical fruit salad ( including food tasting) having read the book ‘Handa’s surprise’.


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Leatherhead Pre-Prep: Chinese New Year!

February 1, 2017

The children in Reception have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about China and Chinese New Year last week. They tried some Chinese foods using chopsticks, made lots of Chinese lanterns and dragons, but the best part was when the theatre workshop came to visit. They all enjoyed dressing up as the […]


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Year 7 & 8 Study Centre

January 25, 2017

A typical Wednesday lunchtime in the study centre!  Year 8 and Year 7 students using the space to get ahead with their studies – great atmosphere!


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Who has visited us in the snow?

January 13, 2017

We have been looking for evidence in the snow that animals have visited our school. We found lots of animal tracks. We think that some foxes have been playing in our playground in the snow!


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Adverse Weather Update 2

January 12, 2017

For Friday, 13 January 2017 – Thank you to all parents for assisting this afternoon with adjusting their schedules; we hope you have all arrived home safely. Having checked a number of weather websites, we are expecting further snow showers between 8pm and 10pm. There is then no more snow […]


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Adverse Weather Update 1

January 12, 2017

We have checked a number of weather websites, all of which are suggesting that the rain forecast for later this morning is likely to turn into snow showers in the afternoon, probably between 5pm and 8pm. Although not necessarily heavy snowfall, the fact that it is scheduled for rush hour […]


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We know how to hide a lion!

January 11, 2017

Reception and Year 1 had a great trip to the Polka Theatre to see ‘How to hide a lion.’ The children were absolutely engaged with the performance, especially when the big lion puppet was introduced. There was lots of laughter, excitement and anticipation as the children were waiting to see which […]


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Welcome to the new Head of the Lower School

January 4, 2017

We are delighted to welcome Clare Kirkham as the new Head of the Lower School. Clare says “I am delighted to be joining Downsend as the Head of the Lower School today  and look forward to working with the staff, children and families across all the Downsend schools. We have […]


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Welcome to Epsom Pre-Prep’s new Headteacher!

January 4, 2017

We are delighted to welcome Vanessa Conlan as the new Headteacher at Epsom Pre-Prep School. Vanessa says “I am delighted to be joining Epsom Prep-Prep as Headteacher this term and look forward to working with the staff, children and families at Epsom and across all the Downsend schools. We have […]


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Pre-Prep Leatherhead Reception enjoy a visit from some owls!

December 2, 2016

Pre-Prep Leatherhead Reception were very excited to have some visitors come to see them last week. After talking about our local area and the animals that might live in the local environment  we were delighted that some of the owls from Huxley’s Bird of Prey centre were able to come […]


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Years 4 & 5 Bake Off!

December 1, 2016

Well done to all Year 4 & 5 pupils who entered the Bake Off!  There were some most amazing creations!  And the winners are: Wisley: Bronwen R Y5 & Adam V Y4 Ranmore: Millie M Y5 & Olivia B Y4 Norbury: Elspeth W Y5 & Theo & Charlie B Y4 […]


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We have a letter from the queen…..

November 25, 2016

In June this year we celebrated our Queen’s 90 birthday. These celebrations took place in the form of a special lunch and every child painted a portrait of her Majesty. These paintings were so magnificent that we took a photograph of them and sent them to the Palace. The Queen […]


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