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A big, bouncy, confident school that won’t appeal to everyone – ‘you need a can-do attitude and belief in yourself helps too,’ said one pupil, although we witnessed them pushing the quieter ones forward too, usually (and cleverly) without them even realising. Sport is taken so seriously by some parents that it’s their sole reason for choosing the school – ‘there’s absolutely no comparison in the area,’ lauded one. Site structure well considered  but pupil largesse does come with inevitable logistical problems, however. Pupils admit...

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Situated in an impressive, leafy campus of 55 acres on the edge of Oxshott village, Danes Hill offer a very broad and diverse curriculum, outstanding pastoral care, extensive extra-curricular opportunities and impressive sporting, music and teaching facilities ensure that the children benefit from a high quality education where the individual is recognised, valued and encouraged to develop talents and pursue excellence.

The school has many strengths, including: Sport, Music, Drama and Art; modern language teaching - children learning French throughout the school and Spanish from Year 4; Year 8 children are encouraged to sit a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language candidates achieve top grades.

Challenge and opportunity are the key words of a Danes Hill education. We support and encourage our children to become self-confident and articulate individuals with a zest for learning and for life.
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Since April 2022, Maxine Shaw. Educated at Bedford High School before moving to Pilgrim’s School for sixth form. Studied environmental sciences at Queen Mary’s College and did her PGCE at Bishop Grosseteste in Lincoln. Having started off teaching in state schools, she then moved to the independent sector in 2001, when she became deputy head, then head, of Pilgrim’s Pre-Prep in Bedford, followed by headships at Hazelwood Prep School and St Paul’s Juniors (Colet Court). She is a team inspector for ISI and a director of IAPS. She has three adult children and enjoys gardening, cooking and entertaining, alongside long walks with her partner and faithful Labrador, Freddie.


Popular, but not currently oversubscribed. Some year groups, however, are full and waiting lists are in place. Virtually (give or take some cases of SEN) non-selective, with...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Any decision Danes Hill School makes is child-centred. The school will take all reasonable measures to support a child, making practical adjustments where required to ensure accessibility to the curriculum. They have a Learning Support Department which works in conjunction with the teaching staff and the parents to support, in certain cases, a range of mild difficulties. Before a place is offered at Danes Hill, they carry out an assessment to ensure that children are suited to mainstream school. The most important thing is to ensure every child enjoys life as a pupil at Danes Hill School and can reach their full potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment Y
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability Y
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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