Danes Hill School

At Danes Hill School 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.

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    Danes Hill School

    I loved my school days.  I loved the friendships and the learning, the outdoor space and the school trips, the teachers and the sport.  I squeaked away badly on my violin, I sang with tuneless confidence and loved being on the stage.  In fact the only thing I disliked was the school food.  My education helped to shape me into the person I am today.  It gave me my passions for mathematics and science, the confidence to lead assemblies and staff meetings, my sense of right and wrong and my innate desire to be the best that I can be.  You could say I have never left school, but nor have I ever stopped learning.

    If you are considering Danes Hill School as a parent, your children are already incredibly lucky, they have in you parents who recognise the importance of education and the difference that it can make to their lives. Choosing a school is an enormous decision to make.  All three of my children have had different educational routes, but all of them have benefitted hugely from their time in a prep school.  The opportunities they experienced will support them for the rest of their lives.

    All good schools will ensure that your children have an excellent academic experience, they will aim high for your children and support them on their journey, regardless of their individual starting point.  As a school we invest in the very best teaching staff who can engage, encourage and inspire your children to achieve academically. We have children here who will go on to academic excellence at highly selective schools, we also have children who will find the lessons in maths and English difficult, or who may find the intricacies of modern languages perplexing.  Regardless of your child’s academic potential we will ensure that they are supported and extended to aim high and be the best they can be.

    The academics are hugely important but they are only part of school life.  If you think back to your own school days I suspect your memories are unlikely to be of the maths lesson in which you finally nailed quadratic equations, or the French lesson when verb conjugation fell into place.  Childhood is precious and as adults we have a true responsibility to our children to make it as special as possible.  We want our children to have breadth to their lives, to recognise the importance of sport, the arts, philosophical debate, friendships, teamwork … I could go on.  At Danes Hill your child’s emotional wellbeing will be strengthened by this breadth and they will become rounded and emotionally intelligent human beings.  We want them to have great EQ, to learn to be kind and to understand that a Danes Hill education is a privilege that brings with it the responsibility to give back to others.  We want to work with you, as parents, to help your children to become thoroughly decent human beings.

    If you share this philosophy then do come and meet us.  No school is right for every child so come and get a feel for the ‘intangible’.  We have an amazing staff team who inspire as they educate and who model our beliefs to the children on a daily basis.  Most importantly we have amazing children, who are happy and love being pupils at Danes Hill School.

    Maxine Shaw, Head

    Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 516 Boys / / 356 Girls

    Age Range: 3-13 Years

    Founded: 1947

    Location Description

    Danes Hill School is located in Oxshott, Surrey. The School is widely recognised as one of the top Nursery, Pre-prep and Prep Schools in the area, attracting families from Oxshott, Leatherhead, Cobham, Epsom and Esher as well as further afield in Surrey. We also offer a bespoke bus service which is extremely popular with our Surrey families as well as our South London families from Surbiton, Wimbledon and Putney. If you are new to the area or relocating from overseas, our registrar would be delighted to provide you with further information about the local area.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Maxine Shaw, Head

    Contact for enquiries: Claire Walsh, Registrar

    Leatherhead Road , Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0JG

    Tel: 01372 842509

    Email: Registrar@daneshill.surrey.sch.uk

    Email: reception@daneshill.surrey.sch.uk



    Situated in 55 acres of landscaped ground in the village of Oxshott, Surrey. Our facilities are designed to enhance the excellent standard of teaching that we offer at Danes Hill. Separate Pre-preparatory and Preparatory buildings, 2 ICT suites, interactive whiteboards, wireless network laptops, art studio with kiln, state-of-the-art design & technology rooms, 420 seat theatre, drama studio, 3 choirs, orchestra, jazz band, string ensemble, individual instrumental lessons, science laboratories, lessons in French and Spanish, extensive playing fields and a paddock, swimming pool, facilities for all main sports including a new sports hall with climbing wall.


    46 Senior School Scholarships awarded to a range of 17 senior schools in 2020.

    All Common Entrance pupils successfully gained entry to their chosen senior school.

    Entrance Requirements

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



    Nursery: from £387 (half day) per term. Please contact the school for details.

    Reception and Year 1: £4952 per term.

    Year 2 – Years 8: £6,984 per term.

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    To book a personal tour, please contact Claire via phone 01372 849203, or by email registrar@daneshill.surrey.sch.uk


    To view our Virtual Tour  click HERE


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