‘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 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 the governors’ strategic knowledge and monitoring of the school’s priorities to impact on the outstanding leadership of the school.
*To ensure that teaching and learning is innovative and personalised to ensure that all pupils needs are met
*Attendance will be outstanding (97%+) by the end of the year.
*To strengthen attainment in phonics to ensure that overall attainment in phonics in year 1 is above national data. 100% of phonics retake children make accelerated progress to pass or increase their score by at least 50%
For all leaders to use research and professional development to strengthen innovative approaches for teaching and learning
Embed use of Assessment for Learning within Mathematics mastery approach to ensure all needs are met rapidly
*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 in reading and writing by end of year 2 to ensure outcomes are above the national (compared to ‘other’ pupils) for disadvantaged pupils.
*To embed a whole school approach to spoken language
*Raising attainment for boys and diminishing the gender difference in KS1 in writing .
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.
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.
Ball Lane Kennington Ashford Kent TN25 4PJ Tel: 01233 632339 Fax: 01233 620559