Aims and Ethos
'Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together'.
The Downley School Vision:
To equip every child with the knowledge and self-belief to be happy
➢ To be resilient and face challenges
➢ To be inspired
➢ Appreciate diversity and embrace difference
➢ To be part of a community where they belong, take responsibility and contribute
➢ Know how to stay safe and healthy, both physically and mentally
➢ Be prepared
➢ Be independent
➢ Have a strong sense of right and wrong and act upon this
➢ Effectively communicate, seizing all opportunities
➢ Inclusive environment
➢ 21st century curriculum that is deep and rich
➢ Holistic approach
➢ Fun, exciting, kind, respectful
➢ Child centred
➢ High quality
➢ Learning and improving
➢ Bold and ambitious
➢ Life long
Thank you to everyone that contributed to this vision this year 2017/18. We plan to plant a tree and time capsule to mark the occasion for future generations to share why we felt these were the vision for The Downley School.
Alongside our commitment to the vision of the school we believe in being inclusive across all areas. Our curriculum is designed to be accessible to all. It embeds a rich, multi cultural approach through our work in SMSC, values, RE and British Values. We look for opportunities to share knowledge and practice including trips to places of worship, visitors invited to talk to us, participation in religious events ie pancake race and Holi, engagement with our community when ever possible to support a sense of belonging and support. We aspire to the 'One World, One life One me' displayed in the hall to remind us of the fact that we are responsible for ourselves, we have one chance and we are part of the global community. We celebrate difference and promote tolerance, we share our building with children from Chiltern Wood which enriches our education and shares values and learning. We also share with Sunshine Montessori expertise and early education. We also work with Wycombe High School and Cressex as part of our community. We have made links with schools beyond Bucks to ensure that we moderate our work within a National context.
Within safeguarding we aim to protect all children from harm. We have robust systems that are regularly updated and tested to ensure compliance and understanding. Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Ms Fiona Taylor ( Interim Headteacher) Deputy Designated Lead is Mrs Carr ( Family Worker) and our safeguarding governor is Mr White. All staff will support children and families and we also operate a mentor system where all staff are allocated mentors and may be mentoring a range of children at any one time. Children have access to them every day and once a week visit to touch base or talk about things that are important to them. We have a Vulnerable child meeting every two weeks where the Family Worker and the SEND Co look through all noted incidents of behaviour or reports of children that may need support. These are followed up and the children may be given a mentor to help them at that time. Our curriculum is designed with children's well being both physically and mentally at its core. Our beliefs is that happy andvsafe children will learn and thrive. We aim to provide a 21st century curriculum in the building and for the whole child outside. Children have a least one session learning outside the classroom every week no matter the weather. We also have chickens and a reading dog that visits to support them. We will be looking to extened this in the future as we believe that this supports their well being and also provides a wider education beyond the classroom.