Danes Hill School


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  • Category: Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Christian
  • Roll: 516 (Boys) 356 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 13 years
  • Founded: 1947

General Information

At Danes Hill we seek to prepare children not only academically, but morally and socially for the rest of their lives. We develop in our children an appetite for the challenges of life, an energetic curiosity for knowledge and an interest in, and respect for other people. We also think that it is essential that our pupils should enjoy their time at school.

“Danes Hill was deemed excellent in all areas in our ISI Inspection report. We consider excellence to be an attitude of  mind and habit rather than a singular act or skill. It is only through constantly raising expectations and striving for excellence that we can enable our children to reach their full potential. They are our future.”
Willie Murdock, Headmaster.


Separate Pre-preparatory and Preparatory buildings, 2 ICT suites, interactive whiteboards, wireless network laptops, new art studio with kiln, state-of-the-art design & technology rooms, 420 seat theatre, new drama studio, 3 choirs, orchestra, jazz band, string ensemble, individual instrumental lessons, science laboratories, lessons in French, Spanish and Latin, extensive playing fields, swimming pool, facilities for all main sports as well as sailing and cross-country.

Entrance Requirements

From 5+ : informal tests, Taster day in school.


57 Senior School Scholarships awarded in 2018. All Common Entrance pupils successfully gained entry to their chosen senior school.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2018/2019. £2,205 - £6,427 per term


ISI Inspection 2013

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr W D Murdock

Contact for enquiries: Mrs C. Ward, Registrar. registrar@daneshill.surrey.sch.uk

Danes Hill School
Leatherhead Road
KT22 0JG

[t]: 01372 842509
[f]: 01372 844452
[w]: www.daneshillschool.co.uk

Location Description

55 acre campus, close to M25 jctn 9.

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School News

Danes Hill was blessed with sunshine this year for Sports Day. Well done to all the children who took part; it was great to see

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the team spirit on the sports fields as the children competed for house points.

Well done to the Saxons who were the ultimate winners of the Sports Day events.

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Bevendean pupils enjoyed a fun French Day. They came to school dressed in French colours and enjoyed a super day.

Transition enjoyed a story about animal

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noises, Reception joined in traditional French dances, planting cabbages and doing a duck dance. Year 1 practiced their boules skills and all of Bevendean ate “un pain au chocolat” at breaktime.

An exciting day with plenty of activities linked to French culture  taking place in and out the classroom.

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On Friday 15 June, Year 8 received their long-anticipated Common Entrance results. Students were called one-by-one into Mr Murdock’s office to receive these in person.

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After congratulating one another, the children rang their parents to share their news.

Year 8 was rightly ecstatic with their results – Many even shed tears of joy! Not only are we delighted to announce that 57 students gained scholarships to their senior schools, but this year’s achievement of 84% A*-B result has thrilled staff. Year 8 should be proud of themselves as they near the end of their time at Danes Hill.

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Fifty years ago, in 1967, Graham Hill and Michael Bolan commenced their headships of Danes Hill. In honour of their Golden Anniversary, the school held

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a reunion for pupils and staff who had attended the school between 1967 and 1984.

In his current guise, Graham Hill is Director (Headmaster) of The English School of Mongolia and he joined 150 members of the 1967-1984 dynasty with 50 staff and pupils from his school.

Following a picnic lunch on the Headmaster’s terrace, where old friends were reacquainted, the guests were treated to a taste of Mongolia with a vivacious performance containing Mongolian dress and dance. In addition, the guests were afforded the opportunity to sit back and enjoy a performance of the opera Hector Macdonald, which is an adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

A big thank you must go to Mrs Sandra Collard, Danes Hill School Governor, for organising this wonderful event. The guests were spoilt by some glorious weather and everyone commented on how special it was to come back to Danes Hill, meet old faces and see how much the school has change in the past 40-50 years.

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A huge cohort of 191 children played their part in a simply scintillating Summer Concert in the Ark this week.

There was a wonderful variety of

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talent on show with just about every musical group at the school having the chance to shine, including the Orchestra, Chamber Choir, String Orchestra, Middle School Choir, Jazz Band, Brass Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Double Reed Ensemble, Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble, Wind Quintet. The instrumentalists were also very ably supported by selected soloists.

The highlight for the sizeable audience, who also enjoyed some glorious sunshine with some refreshments before the performance, had to have been the finale when the choirs and orchestras joined forces in a medley of the spirit of the eighties. Well done to everyone who took part. As ever, this event proved to be one of the highlights of the annual calendar.

A team of 27 budding volcanologists ventured into the largest lava tube in Europe on the Northern Coast of Tenerife.
They were able to go swimming

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in pools carved out from Lava, jumping off some high cliffs into the refreshing Atlantic sea.
Tenerife has the least light pollution in Europe and they were able to see Jupiter and Galileo’s moons along with Saturn and another galaxy in detail.
The trip finished in style with the party observing a school of pilot whales and three different types of dolphin.

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