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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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Pre-Prep Ashtead – Crazy Hair Day

February 10, 2017

It’s ‘Crazy Hair’ day at Pre-Prep Ashtead.  We are raising money for our charity ‘Woofability’. Check out some of our crazy styles.


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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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Pre-Prep Ashtead – STEAM Week gets off to a Great Start!

January 16, 2017

Our STEAM week has started with elephant’s toothpaste!  The children are having great fun with Lucy from Genie Lab learning about chemicals, solutions and much, more more


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Pre-Prep Ashtead – Best Playtime Ever in the Snow!

January 13, 2017

“It’s the best playtime ever!” could be heard all around Pre-Prep Ashtead today.  Snow, friends and fun, what more do you need?


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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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Downsend Pre-Prep Ashtead – Wriggly Nativity

December 15, 2016

What a wonderful Wriggly Nativity we had yesterday!  Well done to all the children – you were brilliant.


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Downsend Pre-Prep Ashtead – Dress Rehearsal

December 13, 2016

We are wriggling in anticipation of tomorrow’s nativity performance.  It wasn’t just the stars that shone at this morning’s dress rehearsal!


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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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Pre-Prep Ashtead – Road Safety Week

November 25, 2016

As this was Road Safety week we have taken the opportunity to talk to the children about how to stay safe when they are out and about. The children have been learning about how they should walk along the pavement and what to remember when they are crossing the road. […]


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