ISI/Ofsted inspectors rated Danes Hill School 'OUTSTANDING' in all areas in our school inspection. Danes Hill is located in the grounds of over 55 acres on the edge of Oxshott village in leafy Surrey. We are very proud of our excellent academic results and the increasing number of senior school scholarships being awarded to our pupils. Our pupils achieved 45 senior school scholarships in 2021.
About the school
At Danes Hill we aim to take every child in our care on a most extraordinary journey, and one which can nurture the talent and provide the skills and experience to last a lifetime. From the nervous child’s first arrival at Transition's door to the self-confident teenager addressing his or her final Speech Day, from infant to young adult, it is a privilege to be responsible for a child’s development through these formative years. Danes Hill is a large school, and this enables us to provide an unusually broad curriculum and specialist staff. Challenge, encouragement and the pursuit of excellence mean that our pupils very often lead the way, achieving success on the sports field, in the examination hall, or wherever their talents lie. But we are also an inclusive school, where every pupil is equally important to us. The balance of learning support, academic scholarship, physical development and pastoral care is tailored to the needs of the individual boy or girl. We lay the greatest possible importance on good communications with parents: we believe that education is a team effort, with home and school journeying together for the benefit of the child. Sport, Music, Art and Drama are all renowned strengths of the school, and a glance at our termly calendar reveals the wealth of activities, trips and events which provide so many opportunities for our boys and girls to shine. We believe that every child possesses talents, and it is our job to unlock and nurture them and put them to greatest use.
Amazing experience for Danes Hill school children at Surrey Storm netball match
A number of pupils from Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey, had the amazing opportunity of acting as ball girls at the recent Surrey Storm vs Wasps netball match held at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.
5th April 2022 — A number of pupils from Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey, had the amazing opportunity of acting as ball girls at the recent Surrey Storm vs Wasps netball match held at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Their special trip celebrated their hard work as Danes Hill Captains of Sport.
The Year 8’s were thrilled to attend the netball match, not only to watch their favourite team, Surrey Storm in action, but to see their own netball coach, Peace Proscovia, play. Peace has been visiting Danes Hill School this term to train the pupils during their sports lessons, as a specialist guest coach. Peace is Surrey Storm’s goal shooter and has been working with the girls specifically to improve their shooting skills. The children have been very lucky to work with Peace and came away feeling even more inspired having seen her in action during the game. As part of their duties at the match, every Danes Hill School Captain in attendance had the important responsibility of returning the ball to players if it went off the court during the match and all performed their role with fantastic composure. It was a tense and exciting match with a great result for Surrey Storm, beating Wasps 67-59 in the annual Tom Reseigh Trophy, which is played in memory of former Storm Team Manager, Tom Reseigh.
Peace Proscovia is a professional Ugandan netball player. She has returned to the Vitality Netball Super League for the first time since 2017, when she was a driving force for Loughborough Lightening. First arriving in 2015, Peace’s game developed year on year with her eventually leading the league in goals in 2017, netting 812. This was followed with her being awarded Player of the Season and Players’ Player. Filled with excitement before her return, Peace commented “I feel blessed to be given this opportunity. I never thought that I could be offered another contract in England but had faith that somehow one day I would return. I have always admired Mikki’s Austin’s (Surrey Storm Director of Netball) style of leadership and am excited to be under her wing.” Peace is a born leader and has captained the Ugandan National team since 2013, becoming a female sports advocate for the nation.
Looking to share her elite level experience, Peace has inspired the Danes Hill netball players and given them a unique insight into the professional world of netball. Peace has shared some invaluable advice with the girls and worked with individuals to strengthen their skill.
Rob Andrews, Acting Head at Danes Hill School said, ‘This term the children have been inspired by Peace Proscovia, our guest netball coach, and we thank her for her dedication and time she has given to the children's netball coaching. Opportunities such as these serve to enhance the Danes Hill School journey and nurture the talent and provide the skills that prove to be lifetime experiences.’
On Thursday 3 March all pupils at Danes Hill School, Oxshott, came together to celebrate World Book Day.
15th March 2022 — On Thursday 3 March all pupils at Danes Hill School, Oxshott, came together to celebrate World Book Day. To mark World Book Day’s 25th Anniversary, the children and staff came to school dressed up as a character from their favourite book. The day was filled with a schedule of exciting, celebratory activities to encourage and promote reading for pleasure.
The Danes Hill School children, ranging in age from 3 to 13 years, joined thousands of others in dressing up and celebrating this international event. There were some very imaginative costumes, including Mary Poppins, the sisters from Little Women, the BFG, the Gruffalo and David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy. During the week, the Danes Hill pupils enjoyed engaging workshops with guest Authors, Cliff McNish and Paul Dowswell, which gave them an insight into the professional world of writing.
World Book Day is a charity on a mission to help change children’s lives by making reading together and reading for pleasure a habit for life, a wonderful celebration of authors, illustrators and books. It is designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. Social and shared experiences are a key part of World Book Day celebrations and importance is placed on making the day fun, whilst also giving the children the opportunity to talk about what they are reading, with dressing up being a popular way to encourage this. Teachers have commented that it has proved key in encouraging reluctant readers to engage with this special day, whilst feedback from children is that it helps in picking up reading recommendations.
The excitement of the day was Danes Hill’s exchange with JK Rowling on Twitter. Many of the children at Danes Hill School have been inspired by Rowling’s literature, resulting in a small army of wizards arriving at the school gate on Thursday morning. In response to a photograph of three of our pupils dressed as Harry Potter, JK Rowling commented, ‘Voldemort stands no chance whatsoever against this triple threat!’.
Mr Rob Andrews, Acting Head at Danes Hill School said, ‘We encourage a love for reading in every child, our expansive library is home to thousands of books, giving all our children the opportunity to read from a variety of authors in an array of genres. Events take place over the whole year to instil reading and engage the children's imagination, including reading challenges, Author visits and more.
Danes Hill School pupils inspired by Surrey Police
The children of Danes Hill school were surprised this week to see three officers from the local police station at the school gates.
7th March 2022 — The children of Danes Hill school were surprised this week to see three officers from the local police station at the school gates. They had arrived, hot off duty, to volunteer their time and speak to the children as part of their “Staying Safe” topic.
The 3-year old’s at Danes Hill Pre-Prep in Oxshott, Surrey affectionately known as the Bevendean site, gathered on the playground in anticipation of the sight of a real-life police car. All of the children had the opportunity to climb inside and explore the squad car, which included trying out the special switch for the all-important blue and red flashing lights! They were shown the equipment that the police use every day as part of their jobs and the unique elements of a police car. Back in the classroom the team held a question-and-answer session for the children, reminding them of the importance of the role of the police and the vital support they give to the community.
Surrey Police are endeavoring to strengthen the relationships between young people and their local police officers. Engaging with them and educating them about crime, how they operate and how the children can do their part for their community, is at the forefront of their mission.
The children were also eager to learn about the Surrey Police Dog School. The Danes Hill Pre-Prep school at Bevendean is home to two therapy dogs, Bella and Bertie and the children cherish the time they spend with them at the Paddock, Danes Hill’s Forest School area. The pupils were intrigued to learn that the Surrey Police team of highly qualified instructors and kennel staff are experienced in dealing with all aspects of police and security dog training. The police officers made a great impression on the school children, who spent the following day drawing pictures for them to thank them for their visit.
Ruth Samson, Head at Danes Hill Pre-Prep School said, “Most learning at Bevendean is thematic and topic based which helps the children to make meaning in the real world. The police officers visit brought the children’s staying safe topic to life and we are incredibly grateful to our local police officers for taking the time to visit the Danes Hill children and for all the support they give to our local community’.
To find out more about Danes Hill School and the varied learning that they provide, including Forest School visit daneshillschool.co.uk
On the final day of the Spring half term, the pupils of Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey took part in their annual Charities afternoon, raising money for a local charity, Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).
One of Danes Hill’s greatest achievements is the vast amount of charitable work and fund-raising that continues to be undertaken by the whole school community year on year. The annual Danes Hill School Charities Day is an opportunity for the children, teachers, and parents to come together as a community to raise money and awareness for local charities and their invaluable work.
In the afternoon, the pupils finished their lessons to set up a wide variety of stalls, including ten pin bowling and nerf gun wars to pin the tail on the pony, target shooting and paper airplane throwing. The school spent the afternoon with their friends and siblings enjoying the activities, whilst donating money to charity. They were delighted that the RDA attended the afternoon with their Shetland pony, Barney; the children were very excited to meet him and hear about some of the inspiring work he and his fellow stablemates do to bring happiness to so many young people’s lives.
The Riding for the Disabled Association’s horses and ponies benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development, and opportunities for achievement, all supported by amazing volunteers and qualified coaches at RDA centres all over the UK. RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation, bringing the therapy, achievement, and fun of horses to as many people as they can. They are able to carry out their life-changing activities thanks to the generosity of their donors, the dedication of their volunteers and the good nature of their equine friends.
Putting others first is a central tenet of life at Danes Hill and the pupils, staff and parents are dedicated to helping others. As part of this year’s Charities Day, the School community also took to rowing machines and travelled the length of the Thames. The teamwork of all those involved certainly paid off, as many donations were made throughout the journey. The school is delighted with the money raised for the RDA on the day, and an amazing total of £3973 will support the charities' upcoming projects.
Rob Andrews, Acting Head at Danes Hill School said,
‘Guiding our pupils to become thoughtful and sociable citizens, who will take their place in the world aware of the role they can play, is at the heart of what we aspire to achieve. We are proud to support the work of vital charities that offer invaluable support to so many’
School children attend a virtual visit to the Houses of Parliament
On Friday, boys and girls from Danes Hill School were delighted to join an online interactive workshop with 2 representatives from UK Parliament Education.
11th February 2022 — On Friday, boys and girls from Danes Hill School were delighted to join an online interactive workshop with 2 representatives from UK Parliament Education. Members of the School Council gathered in the library to enhance their understanding of the Palace of Westminster, the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
The School Council from Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey were thrilled to explore the corridors of Parliament, without even leaving their library! The interactive tour took the children through the chambers of the building, focusing on the specific architectural details and the elaborate gold features. The children were shown the Queen’s Staircase, the Robing Room and the Royal Gallery; they were drawn to the grand paintings that lined the walls. Specifically, those in the Royal Gallery which include, Daniel Maclise’s monumental wall painting, The Meeting of Wellington and Blucher after the Battle of Waterloo, an intricate painting completed in 1861. The tour guides quizzed the children on their general knowledge, who demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the government and the structure of our UK parliament. The question-and-answer session resulted in interesting group discussions on important topics such as the UK voting age where the children showcased powerful discussion skills. The children were intrigued when they discovered The Life Peerages Act 1958, which allowed more people from different professions and women to represent the House of Lords and Life Peers. Before the Act, the House of Lords had been made up exclusively of hereditary Peers. This topic sparked interest and triggered a lengthy discussion on who could represent them in parliament as a life peer.
The outreach team at UK Parliament Education, bring UK Parliament directly to schools. They deliver engaging assemblies and workshops to school children all over the UK. Each assembly equips the children with a broad understanding of how our Parliament works, the roles and responsibilities of MPs and members of the Houses, as well as how the children can get their voice heard.
Danes Hill School encourages their children to consider the wider community, they strive to make an impact whether it be through their work in the Eco-Committee, School Council or charities. The School Council consists of representatives from each year group, who have been selected to give their peers a voice. Their understanding of how the UK parliament works is a valuable tool and will impact how they structure their meetings and discussions.
Rob Andrews, Acting Head at Danes Hill School said:
‘Our School Council gives the children the opportunity to make a difference in the school community, empowering them to make a change and promote global citizenship. Our school motto is Strong and Sagacious, the children leave our school as confident individuals, wiser and more knowledgeable ready for the world ahead of them.’
To find out more about Danes Hill School and their School Council
Danes Hill School pupils inspired by Australian Netball champion
Last week school children from Oxshott were thrilled to attend a Netball Masterclass at Charterhouse School with London Pulse Netball’s champion player, Sacha McDonald.
2nd February 2022 — Last week school children from Oxshott were thrilled to attend a Netball Masterclass at Charterhouse School with London Pulse Netball’s champion player, Sacha McDonald. They travelled to Godalming for a motivating session of netball training to enhance their skills and inspire a passion for professional sport.
The Year 5 children from Danes Hill School in Oxshott, Surrey were excited to learn and play with children from other local schools at Charterhouse, Godalming. The children were split into their teams. The U10A children played in a tournament against the other schools, whilst the remaining teams worked with Sacha McDonald, a professional Australian netball player. The masterclass focused on their movement around the court and encouraged the children to utilise the space to their advantage. McDonald gave the children tips to ensure their body was in the correct position for effective passing and receiving the ball. The children were all given individual feedback in order to develop their technique. The children’s confidence grew throughout the session as they become more courageous with their drive to get the ball.
Sacha McDonald is an Australian goal attack and wing attack from an elite sporting family, with siblings playing in the Australian Football League. Previously she played for the Melbourne Vixens Squad in the Suncorp Super Netball League. During the 2019 National Championships Sacha was the team’s captain and was part of the leadership group for the premiership-winning Victorian Fury in the Deakin University Australian Netball League. McDonald has recently swapped the Melbourne Vixens training environment for the Vitality Netball Super league and Pulse.
Danes Hill School strives to develop children’s learning through dynamic workshops with professionals from around the world. Sacha McDonald’s experience as team captain gave the children an insight into the values and motivation required when leading a team.
Rob Andrews, Acting Head at Danes Hill School said:
“In giving our children inspiring opportunities, we allow them to thrive, achieving success on the sports field, in the examination hall, or wherever their talents lie. Masterclasses in sport open the door to a child’s physical potential and fortifies the values of teamwork, camaraderie and determination.”