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.
Danes Hill Supports National Emergency Nurse’s Day
Danes Hill pupils celebrated National Emergency Nurse’s Day on Wednesday 13 October, the younger pupils aged 6 and 7 all drew a picture or wrote a message on a card to share their appreciation of the work their emergency nurses do.
19th October 2021 — Danes Hill pupils celebrated National Emergency Nurse’s Day on Wednesday 13 October, the younger pupils aged 6 and 7 all drew a picture or wrote a message on a card to share their appreciation of the work their emergency nurses do. These cards were hand-delivered to Epsom Hospital, which is local to many Danes Hill families, and also presented to the school nurses on site.
Following the Danes Hill School Charities Committee discussion about national days in their recent meetings, the Danes Hill Year 2 children gathered their colouring pencils and used their imagination to create impressive pictures and notes for local emergency nurses. Many Danes Hill children attended school during lockdown as key worker children and remember all too well how hard our emergency services worked over recent times. The cards were then hand-delivered to Epsom Accident and Emergency department on Wednesday 13 October to the delight of the nurses who received them.
Emergency nurse practitioners are speciality care providers and licensed practitioners, they provide care to patients in ambulatory, urgent, and emergency care settings. To be classed as an emergency nurse, the individual needs to perform a minimum of 1,000 emergency care clinical practice hours and 100 emergency-related continued education requirements within 5 years of certification. There is currently 4900 staff who work round the clock at Epsom Hospital.
Rob Andrews, Acting Head at Danes Hill School said “It is certainly the little things in life that can make a big difference. We strive to ensure that each day at Danes Hill we do one action that is positive and makes another person smile. It is great to know that the children have made a lot of hard-working individuals very happy.”
One Year 2 pupil commented, “I love drawing, I placed a rainbow in my picture as that is always what I think of when I think of nurses.”
To find out more about Danes Hill School and ethos of giving back to the local community, visit www.daneshillschool.co.uk
All Danes Hill Pupils Took Part in Hello Yellow Day!
On Friday 8 October all Danes Hill School pupils took part in Hello Yellow Day. In return for a £2 donation, pupils and teachers donned an item of yellow. The money raised was spilt between Winston’s Wish and Young Minds.
13th October 2021 — On Friday 8 October all Danes Hill School pupils took part in Hello Yellow Day. In return for a £2 donation, pupils and teachers donned an item of yellow. The money raised was spilt between Winston’s Wish and Young Minds.
Children from the ages of 3 to 13 years in Danes Hill School, Oxshott, joined thousands of other school children in raiding their wardrobes to find an item of yellow clothing to take part in national Hello Yellow Day, in support of Young Minds. There were certainly some very imaginative ideas at the school, one being a yellow rubber duck added as a hair accessory! Throughout the day all year groups took part in activities focussing on wellbeing, kindness and resilience, this included creating their own piece of artwork supporting wellbeing.
By supporting Hello Yellow Day, schools highlighted that we all struggle how we are feeling sometimes, and it is normal to have ups and downs. This year may have felt a little more down than up to some individuals but is the little things that count such as morning walks and singing in the shower!
The funds raised by Danes Hill School was split between Young Minds and Winston’s Wish. Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. They want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity and is the schools chosen charity this term. They have been supporting bereaved children since 1992 and continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK.
Rob Andrews, Acting Head at Danes Hill School said “Wellbeing and mental health awareness is central to our pastoral care at Danes Hill. It was fantastic to see our whole school community wholeheartedly embrace Hello Yellow Day. There is one important message for us to remember, it often just takes one little thing to help us have a happier day. It’s the small things that become the big things that make the day so much brighter.”
One Year 2 pupil commented, “Yellow is such a bright fun colour, now I know why we are wearing yellow today.”
To find out more about Danes Hill School and ethos of charity fundraising, visit www.daneshillschool.co.uk
Danes Hill pupils celebrated their Harvest Festival on Friday 1st October, all pupils contributed a generous selection of Harvest donations including canned goods, dried foods and toiletries which were donated to their local charity, Cobham Food Bank
6th October 2021 — Danes Hill pupils celebrated their Harvest Festival on Friday 1st October, all pupils contributed a generous selection of Harvest donations including canned goods, dried foods and toiletries which were donated to their local charity, Cobham Food Bank.
Reception to Year 8 children from Danes Hill School, Oxshott, gathered in the assembly hall to impress Christiana van Roest, General Manager at Cobham Food Bank, with their singing and poems. It was particularly special for the children to congregate together as a whole school community, considering the limitations in recent months. After the assembly, the pupils from the Danes Hill charity committee helped load the Cobham Food Bank van and to take the donations to the warehouse at Brook Willow Farm, Leatherhead. There the donations are weighed and sorted by types and best-before dates. Due to the volume of donations, the van nearly had to make two trips!
Cobham Food Bank is a project founded by local community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the local area. Since they opened in December 2013 they have provided over 158 tonnes of emergency food. Over 90% of the food distributed by the food bank is donated by the public and demand is only increasing. In 2020 they gave 4,191 individuals a week’s emergency food supplies. 1,763 of that number, approximately 42%, were children.
Rob Andrews, Acting Head at Danes Hill School said “There were smiles all round after the Harvest Festival as the children felt good knowing they made a difference to those less fortunate than themselves. It was wonderful to welcome parents back to school, not just to watch the fantastic performances of the children, but also to witness the poignant act of giving back to our local community.”
One Year 8 pupil commented when leaving assembly “It is great to support Cobham Food Bank, especially as charities have suffered so much in the last year.”
To find out more about Danes Hill School and ethos of giving back to the local community, visit www.daneshillschool.co.uk
On Tuesday 17 March, Danes Hill School pupils planted over 300 trees, the remaining trees will be planted later in the year. Every child in Year 2 and Year 3 planted a sapling, assisted by older pupils from the school’s very active Eco-Committee, which recently won a Bronze Eco-Schools Award.
20th March 2020 — On Tuesday 17 March, Danes Hill School pupils planted over 300 trees, the remaining trees will be planted later in the year. Every child in Year 2 and Year 3 planted a sapling, assisted by older pupils from the school’s very active Eco-Committee, which recently won a Bronze Eco-Schools Award.
All of the trees were donated by the Woodland Trust, which is working in partnership with Defra and various independent companies to plant 2.2 million trees in schools and educational establishments in the UK over the next four years. The trees were a mixture of native wild wood, year-round colour and copse varieties, such as silver birch, rowan, wild cherry, hawthorn, hazel and goat willow, and were hand planted in the school’s 55-acre grounds.
“This is an important day for our pupils as they will contribute positively to their environment and have an experience which they will remember into adulthood,” said Headmaster, Willie Murdock. “Enriching our natural space is very close to our hearts at Danes Hill; through outdoor learning in the most beautiful natural environment, our pupils connect with nature and make discoveries in memorable ways. And they also have a great deal of fun.”
To enhance and develop their knowledge, pupils also had lessons on the impact of trees. They also learnt about how trees disperse their seeds, tree identification, clean air quality, habitat for other species, as well as woodland wildlife and flowers, and of course the uses of different types of wood. Many of these lessons took place outside, where children also participated in leaf and bark rubbing and art activities, such as making leaf crowns and leaf masks.
As the school’s recent inspection found, the pupils at Danes Hill School ‘develop a natural awe and wonder for the world through the woodland learning environment’ - a sentiment supported by Ella Sisson in Year 3: “I really enjoyed planting a tree because I love learning outside,” she commented. “It was be a bit muddy, but I know we helped the planet.”
Danes Hill School is Excellent, say impressed ISI inspectors
Danes Hill School is ‘a strong, harmonious and happy community’ where every individual ‘is valued and making a positive difference’, independent schools inspectors have found.
11th March 2020 — Danes Hill School is ‘a strong, harmonious and happy community’ where every individual ‘is valued and making a positive difference’, independent schools inspectors have found.
The ISI’s latest Educational Quality Inspection of Danes Hill School in Oxshott assessed Danes Hill pupils as attaining ‘exceptionally high levels of knowledge, skills and understanding’. It concluded that the quality of both pupils’ achievement and of their personal development is excellent, and that children show ‘extremely high levels of perseverance and commitment in lessons’.
Inspectors identified that the pace of lessons, effective questioning and high expectations of teachers, and consistent encouragement to follow their passions create a school in which children become articulate, passionate people who make the most of opportunities, being eager to engage and succeed. Moreover, the understanding and support of the governors ensure that pupils’ academic and personal needs are met, meaning that pupils can achieve highly and grow healthily physically and emotionally.
The report states that Danes Hill pupils thrive in a culture that offers considerable opportunities and activities, and inspectors identified that the independent, well-behaved and confident pupils make ‘excellent progress and achieve standards well above average for their age by the time they leave the school’. They become respectful individuals who enjoy their numerous successes, contribute to the school and the wider community and are highly respectful and accepting of those from all backgrounds and traditions.
Headmaster Willie Murdock said, “I am so proud of the children, staff and whole school community, all of whom make Danes Hill the outstanding and exceptional place it is. We are truly thrilled with the stunning findings of the ISI inspection.”
As part of their polar topic last term, Year 5 were given the opportunity to track a team of polar explorers called “Polar Latitude” from LikeToBe.org, as they embarked on an exhibition to the Arctic.
10th February 2020 — As part of their polar topic last term, Year 5 were given the opportunity to track a team of polar explorers called “Polar Latitude” from LikeToBe.org, as they embarked on an expedition to the Arctic.
The explorers carried a Danes Hill flag with them on their journey and have shared some of the images they took. While our flag has now returned to school, “Polar Latitudes” will continue to post updates to LikeToBe.org over the next few months and hopefully, the children will be able to ask the guides and scientists questions about their expedition which they intend to answer from the ice!