Downsend School A GSG School
- Downsend School
1 Leatherhead Road
- Head: Mr Ian Thorpe
- T 01372 372197
- F 01372 363367
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.downsend.co.uk
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 6 to 13
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Surrey
- Pupils: 433
- Religion: Non-denominational
- Fees: £11,535- £13,965 pa
- Open days: September/October, November, March, May
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
Big thing made of sparking young imaginations, strength of parental relationships and atmosphere full of warmth. As with youngest pupils, attention to detail is good, from homework – ‘just enough to stretch you,’ says year 7 pupil – to carrot-focused...
What the school says...
Inspiring young minds - this is not just our motto but the blueprint of our school. Downsend is an established, academic preparatory school which is dynamic and contemporary. We provide each child with a broad education, through experiencing a vibrant school life that extends beyond the classroom, and provides outstanding academic development. We encourage our pupils to become well-rounded individuals in a modern society. Staff and children enjoy excellent relationships and pastoral care is of paramount importance.
Our aim is to ensure that Downsend offers our pupils a wealth of opportunities to develop their individual skills.
We achieve this by:
• Providing a welcoming and stimulating environment;
• Finding areas where each child can succeed and gain confidence;
• Offering excellent all-round education for examination success;
• Developing potential both inside and outside the classroom.
• Happy and well-motivated children;
• An impressive record of success at 13+ examinations (100% Common Entrance pass rate and 49 Senior School Scholarships in 2016)
• First-rate facilities for Sport, Music & Drama;
• Extensive ICT, Art, Design and Food Technology provision;
• A large range of extra-curricular activities and extended day care;
• A dynamic holiday care programme outside normal term time, offering 50-week care to the children of working parents. ...Read more
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What The Good Schools Guide saysBig thing made of sparking young imaginations, strength of parental relationships and atmosphere full of warmth. As with youngest pupils, attention to detail is good, from homework – ‘just enough to stretch you,’ says year 7 pupil – to carrot-focused discipline, detentions possible but rarely necessary...
Since 2013, Mr Ian Thorpe BA MA (40s). Previously four years as headmaster at Chinthurst School and before that head of junior school at City of London Freemen’s, preceded by stints all over the place, from Caterham Prep, where he was deputy head, to Witham Hall (deputy head and housemaster).
Married to ‘very patient’ wife, a teacher at Caterham, attended by two sons. A former grammar school boy, he’s bright, jovial and energetic (looks exactly like sportsman he is, PE his main degree subject at Exeter). Refreshingly candid about strengths....
Special Education Needs
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class||Y|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|