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Alison Small

Downton CofE VA Primary School

"Valuing Faith in Children and Education"

Headteacher's Welcome


On behalf of all the children, staff and Governors, I would like to warmly welcome you to Downton CE Primary School.  I hope you enjoy reading about our exciting, vibrant, creative and enthusiastic learning community. We are situated in the heart of a lovely village and, as a school, we very much enjoy being part of a busy community and have close links with both St Laurence’s Church and the Baptist Church.

As you will see by the class blogs there are many interesting and exciting events happening in school every day and all the children thrive in this well-focussed, high quality learning environment. Children enjoy a curriculum that is broad, exciting, engaging and embraces a diversity of interests. Through a balance of challenge and support they learn to persevere in all that they do. We aim to prepare our children for a lifelong learning journey and their future in a complex world.

Children at Downton Primary School become confident, independent learners and eager participants in the life of the school and that of the wider community. Caring relationships are at the heart of what we do and our nurturing environment focuses on the needs of the individual, ensuring that everyone has a sense of achievement and feels safe, secure and happy

Children are encouraged to explore ideas and synthesise knowledge.  We have a positive focus on outdoor learning, many opportunities to explore creativity, a full PE curriculum, and an exciting programme of visits and visitors.  Children become eager problem solvers who are able to use their own initiative.  Through worship and the RE curriculum children are encouraged to explore spirituality beyond their own and, by connecting with others, new perspectives on life.

We lose no opportunity to celebrate the success and achievement of the school and all the children in it. We aim high so that all children are given the opportunity to shine and succeed and therefore to have their achievements recognised, be it on the sports field, in a concert, through academic work or because of their kindness to and empathy with others. We value each other and show it.

Alison Small