Week beginning 11th June – Year 1 phonics screening week /Year 2 transition week
Week beginning 18th June – Reception and Year 1 transition weeks
These are key times for your child and therefore we hope you will avoid taking your child out of school for any reason during these times. As you know attendance remains a high priority and every day is important but these times are vital for your child’s confidence and well-being.
Term Dates 2017/18
Term 1 2017
Start: Wednesday, 6 September 2017 (Year 1 & 2) Monday, 11 September 2017 (Year R am or pm)
End: Thursday, 19 October 2017
Term 2 2017
Start: Monday, 30 October 2017
End: Wednesday, 20 December 2017
Term 3 2018
Start: Thursday, 4 January 2018
End: Friday, 9 February 2018
Term 4 2018
Start: Tuesday, 20 February 2018
End: Thursday, 29 March 2018
Term 5 2018
Start: Monday, 16 April 2018
End: Friday, 25 May 2018
Term 6 2018
Start: Monday, 4 June 2018 Please note 2 July 2018 is inset day – no school
Monday: 6pm-Year 2 film premiere at Kennington Academy – There will be no tickets issued this year but your names will be ticked off at the door. Please pay your entrance fee into the office before the event if you have not already paid.
Reports sent home today
School nurse team in to test Reception hearing and vision
Thursday:Parents ‘drop in’ to see current teachers after reports from 3pm – all classes except Dolphins (optional – no appointment necessary)
Birthday assembly, all parents of children with birthdays in July & August invited 9.05am
School nurse team in to test Reception hearing and vision
Dolphins parents ‘drop in’ to see Miss Allen after reports from 3pm
‘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
fosters life long learning
enhances levels of well-being for all children
enables every child to achieve their full potential
ensures personalised learning
provides real life experiences
encompasses outdoor learning opportunities
encourages parental involvement
Welcome from the Headteacher
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 have been Headteacher for 3 years . 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!
*To strengthen subject leadership to improve outcomes for pupils and assessment of standards in foundation subjects.
*Embed Mastery Maths within EYFS
*Attendance will be outstanding (96%+) by the end of the year.
* Accelerate progress from starting points for children starting below expectations in language and communication and personal, social and emotional development.
*To strengthen the governors’ strategic knowledge and understanding of the school’s priorities and milestones.
*To phase in the new RE Kent syllabus to KS1.
*To provide personalised support for families to enhance the welfare of pupils in school and at home.
*Diminishing the difference at end of Year 1 in reading, writing and Maths and end of year 2 in writing to ensure outcomes are above the national (compared to ‘other’ pupils) for disadvantaged pupils.
* For all leaders to use research and professional development to strengthen innovative approaches for teaching and learning with a focus on mastery across all subjects/ phases.
*To ensure teaching and learning remains 100% Good + and at least 60% Outstanding.
*Raising attainment for boys and diminishing the gender difference in KS1 in Maths, Reading and Writing
*Strengthen outcomes for pupils at end of KS1 in writing to ensure that the attainment at the end of EYFS is maintained through pupils making accelerated progress.
*To raise end of KS1 attainment for disadvantaged pupils to ensure that children achieving greater depth in writing are at least in line with national other pupils
We value your views about our school and therefore invite you to share your opinions, using the link below: http://parentview.ofsted.gov.ukWe 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.
Ball Lane Kennington Ashford Kent TN25 4PJ Tel: 01233 632339 Fax: 01233 620559