Downs View Infant School

Downs View Infant School

Downs View Infant School

Downs View Infant School

What’s on at Downs View Infant School

Wednesday: 1.30pm Prospective parents open afternoon Friday: Sponsored Bounce Event. Turtles Assembly


Term Dates 2019/20

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.



What’s On At Downs View



4 October 2019

27 September 2019

20 September 2019

13 September 2019

6 September 2019


Wednesday: 1.30pm Prospective parents open afternoon

Friday: Sponsored Bounce Event. Turtles Assembly

 We welcome your views. Please can you complete the questionnaire. You can read our current Parent View results and read our amazing results Inspection Data Summary



If yes, then now is the time to find out about the best opportunities that your local schools have to offer, with your application due to be sent in by January 2020.  Before you make your choice, please come and visit Downs View Infant School & Kennington CE Academy who are working in close partnership to give your child the best educational opportunities for the next 7 years.

Downs View Infant school is an Outstanding three form entry Infant School within the heart of Kennington. The school is recognised for its child centred ethos and pupil outcomes which are in line or above National standards for many years. Kennington CE Academy was rated Good with outstanding elements by OFSTED and rated Good from SIAMS as a church school in 2017, recognising significant improvement in leadership and pupil outcomes which are above the National standards in all areas for attainment.  It is one of the top Church of England schools in Aquila for achievement and has the best outcomes in writing across Ashford.

Both Downs View and Kennington strive for high standards whilst putting the children at the heart of everything we do. Our excellent teaching and pastoral care enables children to thrive and learn in stimulating environments where the curriculum is enriched with real and purposeful learning.  Outdoor learning is high on our agenda and with our amazing grounds makes teaching and learning exciting and inspiring.

Sound too good to be true?  Well why not come and see for yourself, whilst watching our outstanding teaching and learning in action.

We are hosting joint open sessions which will begin at Downs View on:
Wednesday 9th October 1.30pm

Thursday 31st October 9.15am

Wednesday 13th November 1.30pm

Wednesday 20th November 6.00pm

Thursday 28th November 9.15am

Wednesday 8th January 1.30pm

We wholeheartedly welcome you to our schools. We look forward to meeting you at one of the above dates, where you will have a guided tour by Senior Leaders and/or children and have a chance to meet our inspiring teachers and happy children. Please allow at least an hour for your visit.

Your child(ren) are of course welcome to join you!

Please call or email to let us know you are coming:

Downs View 01233 632339 Mrs Tracy Kent, Headteacher

Kennington 01233 623744 Mrs Lynn Seal, Headteacher

‘Altogether we learn, love, respect and have fun!’

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. Their good and sometimes outstanding behaviour as well as above-average attendance reflect pupils desire to learn at school. Our curriculum is underpinned by the five outcomes of ‘Every Child Matters. We provide a topic based curriculum which:

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

Welcome from the Headteacher

Tracy Kent, Head Teacher

Hello and welcome to Downs View! My name is Mrs Tracy Kent and I am delighted to be the Headteacher of such an amazing team and family! I was previously the Deputy Headteacher and SEN Co for 6 years, here at Downs View.

I feel honoured to be one of the only 2 Infant schools in Ashford, providing a nurturing and positive environment for your child to begin their primary education. I firmly believe that these first years are the crucial years to build the foundations for the future.

We ensure we invest time in getting to know you and your child before they start school so that we can begin their learning journey from their unique starting point.

The partnership with parents/carers is vital to support this journey.  We  listen and learn from every child’s first educators – you the parent/carers!

We work very closely with Kennington Academy where children continue their education from year 3 to year 6, ensuring that there is a seamless transition between both schools. There is an application process but every child who applies and has attended Downs View is guaranteed a place.

We welcome prospective parents and your children to both schools to see us in action and soak up our positive, child-centred ethos where children have a love for learning and thrive! I look forward to meeting you.


Mrs Tracy Kent


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

From Our School Plan- 2018-2019

These areas for improvement are the key priorities for the School Plan

1 Leadership & Management


FM   TK   SC 

2. Quality of Education




3. Behaviour and Attitudes

Leaders: SA


4. Personal Development






6. Maintenance





*To strengthen the governors’ strategic knowledge and monitoring of the school’s priorities to positively impact on the outstanding leadership of the school.

* For all leaders to use research and professional development to strengthen innovative approaches for teaching and learning, providing a bespoke cumulative curriculum for all children.


 *To strengthen the children’s fluency skills within Mathematics.

 *To strengthen the teaching of reading and phonics to ensure that all children are confident readers who make at least expected progress from starting points. 

* For all Year 1 chn will pass the phonics screening check, (unless identified as having complex needs)  meeting the national pass rate.

*To ensure that 94% of year 2 children will have passed the phonics screening by end of KS1. 100% of phonics retake children will make accelerated progress to pass or increase their score by at least 50%


*Ensure that attendance meets the outstanding threshold (97%+) including disadvantaged pupils by the end of the year

*To provide personalised support for families to enhance the welfare of pupils/ future pupils in school and at home.



*The curriculum is innovative, cumulative  and personalised, providing experiences to  develop character, use talents and interests to prepare children for future success in life.

*Diminishing the difference for disadvantaged pupils. (compared to ‘other’ pupils) at end of Year 2 in reading, writing and Maths to ensure outcomes are above national other

*To strengthen a whole school approach to spoken language


*To ensure that pupils who become in below and well below typical make accelerated progress to achieve ELG at end of year.


*Diminishing the difference for disadvantaged pupils. (compared to others) for Reading, writing, Maths and GLD at end of the year



* To replace toilets – EYFS

  *To replace windows/doors at one end of the hall


*To replace school’s main boiler so that the school is more energy efficient



Your Views

We value your views about our school and therefore invite you to share your opinions, using the link below: 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.  governorMark

Key Contacts

Special Educational Needs: Mrs Somervile 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.


Contact Us

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


Our Values

Altogether we learn, love, respect and have fun!



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