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.
WELCOME TO DOWNS VIEW!
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Head Teacher: Mrs Tracy Kent
Deputy Head Teacher: 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.
focuses on the development of basic skills
fosters life long learning
enhances levels of well-being for all children
ensures personalised learning
provides real life experiences
encompasses outdoor learning opportunities
encourages parental involvement
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!
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.