The Downley School is a large primary school offering the very best learning opportunities for our pupils in a Chilterns village setting of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A warm and friendly atmosphere pervades throughout the whole school as everyone feels extremely fortunate to be a part of this exciting, progressive and caring community.
Our facilities are excellent. We have a modern, well resourced building which includes a large hall, a music/drama studio, a library, a food tech room as well as fourteen classrooms, all with the most wonderful views over fields and countryside of West Wycombe. We have also have an additional building which serves as a sports hall.
Our outdoor environment takes your breath away. The children love being outside and outdoor learning has been reintroduced within our curriculum. The children learn outside the classroom at least once a week. As well as our two large playgrounds, we have a huge grassed area, an outdoor classroom, a story telling area, an adventure trail, a pond area (that we are rejuvenating to it's former glory with the Chiltern Rangers), our very own woodland dell our own meadow where we keep our rare breed sheep and a forest school area. We were successful in gaining 5K sponsorship to build a further outside class room which we invested in a Mongolian yurt in the new woodland area. This area is flatter than the dell and will be more accessible for anyone with physical disabilities, meaning we can extend facilities to Chiltern Wood, our neighbouring special school, as a shared resource.
Our school is a happy environment. We have a 'Values-Based' ethos and the children enjoy coming to school. Relationships between staff, pupils, parents/carers, governors and the wider community are positive. The teachers are highly motivated, skilled professionals who consistently encourage every child to achieve their best in all areas of school life. Our children are confident, polite and enthusiastic young people. They leave us with higher than average academic achievements and, just as importantly, they are keen to continue their learning as respectful and responsible young citizens.
The vision statement to which everyone contributed says it all...
Learning, Growing and Succeeding Together