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 2-16 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 6-16 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.

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.


Vanessa Conlan

An experienced teacher of 20 years, the last 8 in headship, Vanessa is a graduate of the University of Southampton where she obtained a BEd (Hons) in Primary Education with music specialism.

Vanessa has taught in a range of schools through her teaching career, most recently leading a multi-cultural school in a challenging area of South West London. Her strengths lie in teaching, learning and assessment and her passion lies with the Early Years and getting the very best start in education for every child. Vanessa is a mother of two energetic young boys, is a Harlequins Rugby club season ticket holder and loves to travel, camp and listen to live music with her family.

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