Downsend Pre-Prep School, Leatherhead, UK

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Telephone: 01372 372311

13 Epsom Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8ST

ABOUT Downsend Pre-Prep School, Leatherhead, UK

Downsend is an independent day school in Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom, Surrey, for children aged 2-13 years, offering a broad-based curriculum leading to outstanding academic success. Younger children aged 2-6 years attend one of the school’s three pre-preparatory departments situated on each site, and children aged 6-13 years attend the main, preparatory school site in Leatherhead.

We provide each child with a broad education through the experience of a vibrant school life that extends
beyond the classroom and provides outstanding academic development. The core curriculum offers children a
solid framework which prepares them for a wide range of examinations at 13 years.

The school enjoys an enviable record of success in the Common Entrance and scholarship examinations to a wide range of independent senior schools.

It is Downsend’s broader curriculum, however, that sets it apart from other schools, with its strong emphasis on practical subjects such as Information Technology, Textiles and Food Technology.

“The quality of education is good with some outstanding features. The quality of the curriculum is good, and it is significantly broad, being well supported by a good range of extra-curricular activities. The pupils’ behaviour is particularly good and they develop strong speaking, listening and numeracy skills.”

School Inspection Service, November 2014

The organisation into an Upper and Lower School allows us to better prepare our pupils for their transition to their chosen senior school at 13. This co-ordinated response is already having a positive impact, as evidenced by an outstanding set of 11+ results in Pre-Testing and Entrance Examinations.

Over 95% of pupils who sat examinations to gain entry to selective schools have been offered places. 41 Scholarships were claimed by Downsend pupils in 2015, 17 of them Academic Awards or Exhibitions.


Gill Brooks

Gill has been a teacher for more than 30 years and began working in state primary schools around Surrey. She has been Head at Downsend Pre-Prep Leatherhead since 1997 and, prior to that, was Head at Downsend Pre-Prep Epsom from 1990. Over the years, she has built a team of excellent teachers, all with different strengths, who work together as a very strong team. Children are at the centre of everything they do.

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Ages Taught
2-6 yrs
English National Curriculum
Type of School
Day School
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