Welcome to Little Downsend

Welcome to Little Downsend

Welcome to Little Downsend, where we blend an innovative outlook with a warm, caring, family-oriented feel. We care for children from the ages of two to six in our schools in Ashtead, Epsom, and Leatherhead.

Each Little Downsend is led by Vanessa Conlan, who instils the same nurture, innovation, and high standards in each school, supported by experienced and passionate teachers. Vanessa is passionate about Future Skills and making sure that even our littlest people are equipped with both brilliant basics and the skills they will need to become fantastic grown-ups.

In March 2022, Little Downsend was delighted to be invited by Microsoft to join the Incubator Pathway of the Showcase Schools Programme. Read more here.

In recognition of our forward-thinking approach, we are delighted to have been shortlisted for the ISA Awards 2021 for Excellence and Innovation in Early Years and Highly Commended in the Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Awards 2022 for ‘Most Creative Learning Through Play’. Read more here.


All around us at Little Downsend, children are happily settling into school life and starting to explore their exciting surroundings with great delight. Whatever age your child joins us, they and you, will be welcomed as part of the Downsend community. We pride ourselves on our friendly, family-feel where children feel comfortable and supported.

Alongside this, our children thrive on our problem-solving and thinking-based approach to learning. Their levels of confidence, perseverance, and resilience continue to rise, along with academic achievement, which is a delight to see. Learn more about our innovative Teaching and Learning approach here.

Downsend is a unique group of schools that has innate creativity and a love of life. We would love to welcome you to each of the schools so we can share our enthusiasm and for you to see the schools at their best – full of life with children playing, laughing, and learning.


Nursery at Little Downsend

The perfect environment for little learners with very big ideas.

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Reception and Year 1 at Little Downsend

Where little learners become inspired, excited innovators.

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Where are our Little Downsend Schools?

Our Little Downsend Schools are located in Ashtead, Epsom, and Leatherhead.

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Day to Day at Little Downsend

The practical, but all-important, day to day aspects of life at Little Downsend.

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Fees at Little Downsend

Getting practical. Everything you need to know about fees and funding.

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Visit Little Downsend

Join us either personally or online to get a feel for what Little Downsend has to offer.

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