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

    A very warm welcome to Danes Hill School!

    Danes Hill School is a popular co-educational day Prep School and is home to around 700 pupils aged 3 – 13.  We are a school that has been described as ‘outstanding’ at the last ISI Inspection with an undeniably impressive site, set on 55 acres. Our values are passion, courage, growth and respect and I believe that if children are happy, they flourish, reach their full potential and carry a love of learning with them for the rest of their lives.

    At Danes Hill School, we want children to enjoy their childhood for as long as possible, but we also want them to develop and progress within a stimulating environment that offers many opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

    I am keen to ensure that all our pupils are ‘future ready’, and we offer a curriculum that focuses on the skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, problem solving and teamwork. Our Year 8 pupils secure many scholarships each year and gain places to a wide variety of leading Independent senior schools, both locally and throughout the country.

    In the end, what do parents want from a Prep School education? I believe that they want, outstanding teaching and learning; communication and trust; and individualised care for their child – we strive to meet those aims within a friendly and family environment.

    I look forward to welcoming you to our school; there is a positive energy about the place and it is infectious!

    Do come and see us!

    Richard Brown

    Category: Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 391 Boys / / 313 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: Richard Brown

    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.

    Entrance Requirements

    At Danes Hill School we pride ourselves in being a non-selective school and our admissions process is designed to identify children who are able to benefit from our balanced and well-rounded education. An offer of a place will be made if we feel Danes Hill is the right school for your child. We have a straight forward admissions process whether you are joining our Nursery, Pre-prep or Prep School. We hope this step-by-step guide will help you understand the process. Claire Walsh, our Registrar will be your first point of contact and is happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Step 1: Initial Enquiry

    If you are considering Danes Hill as the school for your child, or would just like some more information, please contact Claire, via phone +44 (0) 1372 849203, or by email registrar@daneshill.surrey.sch.uk. You can order a copy of our School Prospectus which gives parents a taste of the principles and values that form the basis on which Danes Hill is run.

    Step 2: Tour of the School

    If you like the look of what Danes Hill has to offer, the most important thing for you to do next is to visit the school to get a feel for it and decide whether it is an environment which feels right for your child. We would always encourage you, if possible, to bring your child on your visit as they are just as important in the decision making process.

    Our individual tours happen daily at 10am and last between one and two hours, depending on if you are looking at Bevendean and the Main School or just the Main School. You will meet with Mrs Ruth Samson the Head of Bevendean who will show you the classrooms and the wonderful resources available at our Nursery and Pre-Prep. Your tour will continue at the Main School where you will see the additional facilities Danes Hill School has to offer.

    If mornings proves inconvenient, we will do everything we can to arrange a time to suit and if you are enquiring from overseas we would be delighted to arrange a MS Teams call instead.

    Step 3: Registering Your Child

    Some parents are keen to register their child straight after the school tour but we always advise them to go home and think about it – this is a big decision and it is very important that you are absolutely sure Danes Hill is the school for your child.

    Once you have finalised your decision, please complete the online Registration Form and pay the £100 non-refundable registration fee. Registrations are considered by the Head in the order in which they are received so we would always urge you to register as soon as you have made your decision to avoid disappointment. Claire is always available by phone or email to answer any further questions you may have.

    Step 4: Offer Letters

    Places in our Nursery (Mini Transition and Transition) and Reception are allocated on a first come first served basis therefore, so long as there is a place you will receive an offer letter upon registration.

    We ask for recent school reports for children joining in Year 1 and above. While we are a non-selective school in some year groups we will also arrange an Assessment Morning. This morning not only looks at their maths and English abilities but the whole child, how they work with their peers and how Danes Hill School will help them reach their full potential.

    Step 5: Accept Your Child’s Place

    Once your child have been formally offered a place at Danes Hill School we ask for a £750 (this will increase to £1000 from September 2022) acceptance deposit up to 12 months in advance. Once their place had been accepted we send out our Welcome Packs and arrange an Induction Day. Our staff ensure that new pupils are made to feel really welcome from day one of their time at the school. Depending on their age, this might include another pupil being allocated as their ’buddy’ to help them find their feet. Our parent body, Friends of Danes Hill (the FODH), are equally welcoming to new parents and there are plenty of opportunities and events for new Danes Hill families to immerse themselves quickly into the school community.


    Fees 2024/2025

    Mini Transition, Age 3 (£ per term)

    Per morning: £595

    Per afternoon: £470


    Transition, Age 3-4 (£ per term)

    Per morning £575

    Per afternoon £540


    Bevendean (£ per term)

    Reception-Year 1: £5,620


    Main School (£ per term)

    Year 2-Year 8: £7,500 – £7,950


    For more information, please visit our website daneshillschool.co.uk/admissions/admissions-points-and-fees

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Open House: Friday 4 Oct 2024 - Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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    To book a personal tour, please visit our website daneshillschool.co.uk/admissions/book-a-visit


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