September admissions for Reception Year are through Kent County Council. For transfers during the school year, please contact the school office directly. If you require a space for Reception for September 2018 and haven’t already applied you can fill in a late application form which can be obtained online or from the school.
If you have received a confirmation that you have a place at Downs View, – Welcome aboard ! You should have received your welcome pack from the office or in the post. Please come into the office with the relevant documents as soon as possible. Please also bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate. The office is open from 8am-4pm daily. .
Below is a copy of our welcome letter and transition programme which outlines the exciting events coming up as you and your child begin their learning journey with us.
If you are a prospective parent looking for a space for your child in current year groups at Downs View, please contact the school office.
We encourage all new parents to come and visit the school with your child if possible. You will need to complete an in-year admission form to confirm your interest. This can be found using the following link: Primary School Admission Form and needs to be returned to the school office.
If you are new to the area, you may be feeling worried about this process and how you will ensure that your child is supported during this transition.
Below is a testimonial from a current parent who went through this transition at Downs View:
“We moved to Ashford shortly after my son started in Reception, which meant we had to apply for an in-year admission to Downs View. When I researched schools in the previous summer term and first spoke Mrs Kent and Mrs Rowson at Downs View, I was very reassured by how welcoming they were to me, how easy they made the application process (particularly during the stress of a house move) and how much attention they paid to ensuring children joining in-year settled well.
Because of delays in exchanging contracts, my son actually started school near our old house and did his “settling in period” there. After we confirmed our move, my son’s new teachers spoke to his old ones who handed over the research they did during the reception entry process of nursery and home visits. My son had a “settling in” session in the week before we moved. He was welcomed both by his new teacher and teaching assistant but also, importantly, by the children he’d be joining. One child showed him around the classroom and introduced him to his friends, which set the tone for a really successful integration into his new class. With the support of the staff and other pupils, my quiet, shy son settled brilliantly and has blossomed into a confident member of this lovely school’s community. I remain hugely grateful for the support of the school team during his transition and those early weeks.”
D Turner – parent of two children at Downs View
Transition to School
Preparing your child to begin school is crucial and therefore we offer a range of opportunities to make this transition as exciting and as smooth as possible. Please click on the link below which outlines our transtion programme:
Transition into School Programme
Presentation to New Parents
Parent, Baby and Toddler Group in Puppies Room
We hold a parent, baby and toddler group every Monday during term time. It starts at 1.30 pm and finishes at 3pm and costs just £1 per session! This could be another opportunity for you as a family to meet other parents and children before your child starts school. Our Toddler group leader is Sam Ansell. She is very creative and always provides plenty of opportunities for messy play! This allows your child to get messy and have fun, leaving us to do the clearing up! Whether you already have a child at the school or not, you are very welcome to attend our baby and toddler group. There is no need to book, just turn up. You can get in touch with Sam or find out more about the group by phoning the school 01233 632339.