Senior School (Ages 14-16)

Senior School (Ages 14-16)

Welcome to Downsend Private Senior School, Surrey

From September 2020 we are pleased to announce that we will be educating pupils through to Year 11 and offering GCSE’s.

At Downsend, we pride ourselves on offering a truly outstanding all-round education to all of our students. At the heart of a Downsend education is the academic foundation, set against a backdrop of ‘Inspiring Young Minds’. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff who set high expectations and inspire the pupils to get the very best out of themselves.

Alongside this academic rigour we also offer an ambitious programme of enrichment; when combined effectively, this prompts our pupils to achieve their personal bests in whichever field they choose. In addition, these activities also assist their development as rounded, confident, ambitious individuals ready for the challenges ahead at A-Level and beyond.

Visitors invariably comment on the happy, purposeful atmosphere that pervades our school. The strength of relationships between adults and students, combined with a willingness to take risks and learn from the mistakes made, make our learning environment quite unique.

You can read more about the expansion project here, and view the pdf document of our new Public consultation boards from March 2019.


Many schools claim to get the best out of their pupils. At Downsend, our outstanding results suggest that we achieve just that. Because aside from our superb teaching, our attractive, spacious campus, our welcoming community and our wealth of extra-curricular provision, what really sets us apart is that we place a special emphasis on getting the very best out of every child.


Senior School students will complete a 3-Year GCSE programme, offering them every chance to study their chosen subjects at depth and develop a broad understanding of the syllabus. They will learn a range of skills and, crucially, how to apply them in a range of subject areas.

All pupils will study at least 9 subjects to GCSE level (of which 6 of these are compulsory):


English Language





The other 3 options come from an array of choices, from:


Music to Drama to Geography

PE to French to RS  

Computing to History or Art/DT

By the time they leave Downsend at 16, students will have developed an independent, problem-solving approach to their own learning and will be confident of developing these skills further at A-Level standard in the future.


The Tregenna Block will offer GCSE students the perfect base in which to balance their academic pursuits. This area of the school houses the teaching areas for English, Maths and the Languages, as well as the specialist Science Labs, ICT Suites, Art Studio and DT and Food Technology Rooms. When a little more space is needed, the landscaped area alongside the Sacred Lawn allows our older pupils the chance to reflect and interact with their peers, or with the younger pupils who look to them as the school’s key role models.


From Music Technology and Gardening to Swim Squad and Computer club, there are over 70 school activities that run alongside the Downsend school day. If your child shows an interest or a skill, we want to give everyone in the school the opportunity to enjoy, progress and maybe even perfect it. As students make their way through the Upper School and into the Senior School, they will have the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in Year, whilst having the option to carry on to complete the Silver Award in Year 10.

Termly drama productions and Musical Concerts offer everyone the chance to perform on stage, or to support behind the scenes. Ski Trips, Cultural Exchanges and Sporting Tours broaden horizons and develop a truly global perspective on the world. No two days are ever the same at Downsend and school life is certainly never dull!



The facilities at Downsend are outstanding, and complement our teaching to inspire our young minds to be the best they can be. Across the site there are dedicated subject rooms, with fully integrated multi-media technology, in which subject specialist teachers deliver high tempo and contemporary lessons. Two fully refurbished ICT suites and an ambitious Virtual Learning Environment, complete our ‘state of the art’ ICT facilities, integrating this technology into all our teaching.

We have three specialist science labs, and the support of a Science Technician meaning we can adopt a ‘hands on’ practical approach to this subject. And our commitment to the wider curriculum is evidenced with a state-of-the-art Performance Centre due for completion in September 2019, containing a first-class Music Technology Suite and practice rooms, along with a Recital Room and 180-seat auditorium. This is in addition to our newly-refurbished Art Suite and DT Rooms, complete with an amazing array of equipment, including a digital laser cutter.


Outside the classrooms there is a stunning heated indoor 25m swimming pool, used for training and competitive galas, and a floodlit Astroturf pitch, allowing our Hockey players to develop their talents and stick-control on the very best surface possible.

25m Swimming Pool

3 Full-sized Football/Rugby pitches

6 Netball Courts (Floodlit)

Astro-Turf Pitch (Floodlit)

50m Indoor Sports Hall

We have three full size football/rugby pitches, 6 netball courts and a 50m indoor sports hall complete the sporting facilities, and are matched only by the achievements of our pupils; Surrey Prep School’s soccer champions from 2014 to 2016, National Runners Up in the ESSA swimming championships and 7th in the country in the IAPS Hockey tournament.

Leavers' Destinations

The Downsend students’ impressive academic achievements speak for themselves. We are immensely proud of what each of our leavers achieve, both inside and outside of the classroom. It’s what makes Downsend successful in its focus on educating and developing the whole learner, providing opportunities to develop new talents and grow in confidence ready for life in Sixth Form and beyond, into university and the world of work.


Having completed their GCSE studies successfully, we envisage our leavers securing places at an impressive array of Sixth Form Colleges (Esher College, Reigate College, Godalming College and Collyer’s) and through schools, both in the independent (eg CLFS, Epsom College, St John’s, Reed’s and Reigate Grammar) and maintained sector (eg St Andrew’s & Howard of Effingham).

Extended Day

All of the Downsend School sites offer an extended day provision, matching the school day with your working day. For Senior School pupils, this means the school is open from 8.00am in the morning. In the afternoon, pupils can stay in Extended Day until 5.45pm for a small extra charge, with tea available if required.

To enquire for a place for your child at our Senior School please fill in the form below.

01372 372311