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The Downley School

“Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together”

Headteacher's Welcome

Welcome to The Downley School.

Our website is here to give you a flavour of our school, but it can't replace a visit! If you are interested in finding out more about the school please do phone or email us to make an appointment.

The first time that I came to The Downley School, I could tell that it was a magical place to be. I knew that I wanted to work here because the sense of community was so strong. The children were so enthusiastic and questioned the world around them. They welcomed me warmly and talked excitedly about their learning.

I wasn’t wrong, and since joining the team I have seen the strength of community and relationships here. The Downley School is a diverse school with a big heart. The staff are amazing and all work incredibly hard to give children the best opportunities available. The Downley School is developing into an inspiring school that will develop happy, well-rounded children with a love for learning, underpinned by our values: Teamwork, Inclusion, Resilience, Respect, Responsibility and Integrity.

We follow the principles of ‘Growth Mindset’, where we encourage children to believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

It is a great privilege for me to lead a school with so much potential and I aim to continue to build on this in order to make a difference to the lives of our young people. From reading about us, I hope you will feel the pride we have in our school.

The best way to appreciate The Downley School is to come and see us. People are always amazed when they see the outdoor space that our children are lucky enough to have. The website can give you lots more information about our school and curriculum, but the magic begins when you step through the doors. Please come and speak to our staff and children, and we will answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Downley School community!

Leanne Dandridge

Interim Headteacher