field aerial view

Prep Facilities

Our Prep School facilities are designed to enhance the excellent standard of teaching that we offer at Danes Hill: state-of-the-art classrooms and five science labs are just the beginning of this. Our refurbished library offers a wonderful learning atmosphere, opening out onto the Head’s Terrace when the weather permits it. We have an outstanding dining room and catering facilities, offering a range of lunch options for all students. The children are also enjoying our new state-of-the-art Sports Hall with climbing wall.

Outdoor Learning

Not only do we provide a high standard of facilities for indoor learning, but our outdoor facilities are designed to enrich the student experience, making the most of our 55 acre plot. Sports facilities include football, cricket, and hockey pitches, netball and tennis courts, and a magnificent 25m outdoor heated swimming pool and spectator area, covered in the colder months.

To the further delight of the children, we have a large adventure playground which includes a zip-wire! Meanwhile, our younger students in Years 2 and 3 have their own outdoor playground.

Particularly special to the Danes Hill grounds is our Paddock, just a short walk from the Prep School. With its lovely pond it is the perfect location for our Year 8 summer camping trip, and a wonderful learning environment for the Pre-Prep’s weekly forest school visit.

The Library

Danes Hill School believes that a love of reading is key to a good education. Reading for pleasure is key to unlocking a child’s imagination and learning potential, and Danes Hill is proud to call itself a ‘whole reading school’. Each child has a weekly library session, aimed to encourage reading for pleasure and support independent learning and study skills. Activities include everything from storytimes for the younger years to author visits and creative writing workshops for older pupils.

The library aims to support the development of each child’s reading skills, to enable them to discover the joy of reading, and to use non-fiction texts effectively, putting the children in greater control of their own learning and literacy.

Recommended Reading

Junior School

The Harriet Bean Series by Alexander MacCall Smith

Harriet’s invited to accompany her aunts Thessalonica and Japonica to America. She’s terribly excited, knowing very well that with two expert detectives for aunts, this is going to be no ordinary trip. She soon discovers, to her enormous surprise, that they’re actually on their way to see her sixth aunt, Formica! And as if this weren’t surprising enough, she finds out that Aunt Formica is a cowgirl, and the reason for their visit is to help her catch some rustlers that have been stealing cattle from her ranch. Harriet and her three aunts must move like greased lightening if they’re to get on the trail of the slippery cattle thieves. It’s time to saddle-up and yee-ha!

Circus of Thieves on the Rampage by William Sutcliffe

Get ready for rampages, chunky tandem rides, marching dogs, escaped convicts, synchronised otters and so much more! Shank’s Impossible Circus is back… There are 7,362 things that Armitage Shank hates and at the top of the list (which includes puppies, rainbows, lifts and flashing trainers…) is being made a fool of. So, when he thinks his old nemesis, Queenie Bombazine, ringmaster of Bombazine’s Ecstatic Aquatic Splashtastic Circus, is trying to do just that, he sets out on a revenge rampage! Meanwhile, a HUGE revelation sends Hannah and Granny on their own journey to find Queenie, it’s only a matter of time before they all collide…

Upper School

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing evening dress and heavy make-up, which is now smeared across her cheeks.

But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl, whose charred remains are later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

The respectable Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery… before tongues start to wag.

Young Adult

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

At a Glance: Main School Facilities



Acres of beautiful and idyllic school grounds


Metre outdoor heated swimming pool, covered in the colder months


Sports pitches including 7 rugby pitches and 7 football pitches


State-of-the-art Science labs


3d printers in the Design and Technology Department


well resourced art studios


full size competition astro


fiction and non-fiction books in the library

Toddler Group

Wednesday 19 June

10 am – 12 noon

Book your place here