Danes Hill School, located in the village of Oxshott, Surrey, is widely recognised as one of the leading co-educational, day, preparatory schools in the country, providing pupils aged 3 to 13 with a broad and balanced curriculum.
Children educated at Danes Hill are known to be self-confident and outgoing. The school encourages pupils not only to achieve their full academic potential, but also to develop a wide range of non-academic interests, from sport to music and drama.
With specialist teachers and head of subjects teaching throughout the school, this nurturing environment not only provides excellent personalised, pastoral care but also impressive academic results.
Each year, a large number Danes Hill pupils are awarded scholarships and exhibition awards from a wide range of day and boarding senior schools. In 2018, Danes Hill School pupils gained 57 Senior school scholarships.
Furthermore, in 2018, all Common Entrance pupils successfully gained entry to their chosen institution. From 28 senior school destinations, 84 percent of the grades awarded were A*, A and Bs.
Danes Hill is the perfect place to set your child up for an elite education, encouraging a life-long love of learning and a broad range of skills and interests, all while ensuring their primary and prep school years are thoroughly enjoyable.
There’s no question that a Danes Hill education is shaped by the school’s excellent facilities. Situated on 55-acres of beautiful, landscaped grounds, the facilities are second-to-none, designed to enhance the excellent standard of teaching and broaden the student experience.
The pre-prep school Bevenden has newly-refurbished classrooms and state-of-the-art computer suite with access to iPads. Children from the age of 3 have one lesson a week in French or Spanish and the opportunity to take part in 16 different extracurricular activities.
Bevenden facilities particularly lend themselves to an outdoor-learning approach. With an outdoor adventure playground and pirate ship, swimming lessons and weekly visits to the Paddock for Forest School, children are encouraged to appreciate and understand the world around them.
The Paddock is a unique feature of Danes Hill. It’s a lovely open space, with a pond the school uses for camping trips and outdoor learning opportunities, such as those of the school’s Eco Committee.
The prep school upholds the same excellent standard of indoor and outdoor facilities. The library has been recently refurbished, providing views to the Headmaster’s Terrace and an inspiring atmosphere for learning. Meanwhile, your child also benefits from state-of-the-art classrooms and six fully-equipped science labs.
With a superb Design and Technology Department where students have access to 3D printers, plus numerous opportunities to take part in Orchestra, String Orchestra, Jazz Band and other small ensembles, your child will have unparalleled opportunities to explore the arts. Over 340 Danes Hill students play an instrument!
Even further outside the classroom, the school really makes the most of its grounds, utilising the space to enrich the student experience as much as possible. As well as the pre-prep playground, older students can enjoy a larger adventure playground with a zip-wire!
Sport is an important part life at Danes Hill and all pupils are encouraged to develop their talents and participate in this fun and inclusive environment.
The sports facilities comprise cricket, football and hockey pitches, netball and tennis courts, with 15 sports pitches in total, including one full size competition astro pitch, seven senior rugby pitches, seven senior football pitches and a 25-metre heated, swimming pool.
These excellent facilities host a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including cooking, ballet, judo, languages and more. Together with a substantial wrap around care programme, including a Breakfast Club and Extended Day Club, you know that at Danes Hill your child will be well looked after.
In fact, the school’s ethos stresses the total development of each child: spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. The school calls this ‘Educating the Whole Child’, and it’s something that staff take great pride in daily and throughout each child’s Danes Hill journey.
From your child’s first, nervous arrival at the school’s door, Danes Hill begins to transform them into a self-confident teenagers, ready to tackle secondary education and any challenges it may bring.
With its close proximity to London and an extensive network of bus routes, Danes Hill is the first choice for discerning prospective parents.