Downs View Infant School



Downs View Infant School



Downs View Infant School



Downs View Infant School


Altogether we learn, love, respect and have fun!

Every child matters, every child succeeds…..

Our Mission Statement:

At Downs View Infant School we inspire curiosity through:

  • Our innovative, creative and personalised curriculum
  • Providing a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment
  • Experiences which develop individuality and self-belief
  • Empowering children to flourish within our school and wider community building a love for lifelong learning.
Tracy Kent, Head Teacher


I am Mrs Kent, Headteacher here at Downs View. It is  a pleasure to be the Headteacher here. I have worked here for 13 years, with 6 of these as Headteacher. There is no other place I would rather be than seeing children grow each day in so many ways. I have an amazing team of staff who thrive in being part of each child’s unique journey.

If you are a new parent please go to the Prospective Parents tab as there are lots of useful information to welcome and support you in preparing your child for starting at Downs View.

We welcomed children in September.  To keep everybody safe we made some essential changes to drop off and pick up times. All details can be found within the following leaflet.  We hope the videos (links below) will provide you with extra guidance too. 


If you need to contact the school please email:

office@downs-view.kent.sch.uk or by calling 01233 632339 or calling Sam our Family Liaison Officer on 07884866105. 

Please go to the Coronavirus/ Home learning tab as this will give you more information and is updated regularly.

  • The way Downs View Infant School is currently operating in response to coronavirus is fundamentally different, however, our safeguarding principles in accordance with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) 2019, remain the same:
    • the best interests of children will always come first
    • if anyone has a safeguarding concern about any child they should continue to act and act immediately
    • a DSL or deputy DSL is available
    • unsuitable people are not allowed to enter the children’s workforce and/or gain access to children
    • children should continue to be protected when they are onlin

This will give you revised links and procedures to support any parent/carer/member of the public should you have significant concern about a child who attends Downs View. In an emergency please call Social Services and make a referral or alert the police.

Social Services: 03000 41 61 61 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm) call 03000 41 91 91 (outside of office hours – for emergencies only)

Kent Police: 101 (non-emergency) 999 in emergency

Co-Headteachers: Mrs Tracy Kent & Mrs Sarah Collins

Welcome to our School!

Downs View is a three form entry Outstanding Infant School on the outskirts of Ashford, where pupils are very happy, feel very safe and healthy, and achieve exceptionally well to attain high standards. Parents appreciate the outstanding care, guidance and exceptional support pupils receive including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. It is not just academic standards that are high. Pupil’s personal development is as outstanding as their academic progress. We provide all children with opportunities to achieve the best that they can.

What makes Downs View School Unique?

U – united as a team, pastoral support for all stakeholders

N- nurturing needs across the school

 I -innovative and creative

Q-quality first teaching

U-understanding and inclusive

E-engaging and full of excitement and energy for all

Our bespoke inclusive curriculum which is ever evolving around the current school profile provides opportunities for all children to develop the essential knowledge and skills which as the foundations for life.

This curriculum provides equality for all; high expectations of all groups aim to diminish any significant differences.It is cumulative and is clearly sequenced to ensure progression from starting points through each year.

All leaders will seek out relevant and meaningful opportunities to ensure that the planning and teaching equips children with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to thrive as citizens within the locality and beyond.

Our curriculum:

  • focuses on the development of basic skills
  • is creative
  • fosters life long learning
  • enhances levels of well-being for all children
  • celebrates diversity
  • ensures personalised learning
  • provides real life experiences
  • encompasses outdoor learning opportunities
  • encourages parental involvement
  • is fun!

Key Contacts

Special Educational Needs: Mrs Somerville is our Senco.  She can be contacted via the main office.

Queries: Please contact either Mrs Kent or Mrs Collins regarding any queries you may have. You can contact them via the main office.

More information about our school

Our Ofsted inspection of June 2011 evaluated our provision as Outstanding.  We are very proud of this achievement and we encourage you to read the report by clicking on the attachment below: Ofsted Report 2011 For further information about our school, please click on the link below to view the School Prospectus, or arrange a time to come and visit us!

Download the Downs View Prospectus

Your Views

We value your views about our school and therefore invite you to share your opinions, using the link below: http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

We work in partnership with Kennington Church of England Academy, where the majority of our children continue their learning journey. We are a member of the Ashford Teaching Alliance, which enables us to share our outstanding practice, provide training opportunities and enrichment activity days for children from other local schools.



Term Dates for 2021/22

Please download this year’s dates

Term Dates 2021/22

Training days for next year:

These have been agreed with Kennington so both schools will have the following days as training days:

Wednesday 1st September 21

Thursday 2nd September 21

Friday 3rd September 21

Friday 24th June 2022  

Friday 22nd July 2022

Term 1

Monday 6th September – Friday 22nd October

Term 2

Monday 1st November – Friday 17th December

Term 3

Monday 4th January – Friday 11th February

Term 4

Monday 21st February – Friday 1st April

Term 5

Tuesday 19th April – Friday 27th May

Term 6

Monday 6th June – Thursday 21st July

As an outstanding school Downs View have achieved ‘National Teaching School’ status.

We work as a member of the Ashford Teaching Alliance with :

Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary,
Sellindge Primary,
Highworth Grammar,
Brockhill Park Secondary and
Goldwyn Special School.


Contact Us

Ball Lane
Ashford Kent
TN25 4PJ
Tel: 01233 632339
Fax: 01233 620559



Click the link above to view our calendar events.