Downsend School

1 Leatherhead Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8TJ

01372 372311

7-16 yrs
English National Curriculum
Type of School
Day School
Main Language


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 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.

Ian Thorpe


Educated at the British School of Brussels before graduating from the University of Exeter, Ian has dedicated his 20-year career to teaching and leadership roles in prep schools. His previous posts include Deputy at Caterham Prep School, Head of the Junior School at City of London Freemen's School and Head at Chinthurst School. He became Head at Downsend in 2013 and is particularly keen on continuing to strengthen its links with feeder and senior schools.

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