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School Houses

The Downs CEP School has 5 house teams and every child and adult at our school is a member of either Willow, Mulberry, Birch, Sycamore or Maple.

Willow - House



Like the willow tree
let us blossom
and grow

Mulberry - House



The power of purple makes our
team work

Birch - House



We are bold,
we are brave,
we are Birch

Sycamore - House



be blue,
be true, that’s you Sycamore!

Maple - House



Shine bright and be courageous

House captains are elected from Year 6 at the start of each new academic year.

Year 6 children nominate themselves, prepare a speech, present to their houses and then their peers vote. House captaincy and badges are then awarded in collective worship.

During the course of the school year we hold various house activities which end with a summer sports event.

Children can earn extra house points throughout the year by demonstrating that they are a positive and thoughtful member of their house.

The children created their own mottos for their houses:


Shine bright and be courageous.


Like the willow tree let us blossom and grow.


Be blue, be true, that’s you! Sycamore!


The power of purple makes our team work.


We are bold, We are brave, We are Birch!

The school’s PE t-shirt is available in all 5 colours. 

We ask that when purchasing PE uniform you buy the appropriate colour house t shirt.

We aim to ensure that all siblings are placed in the same houses.

The Downs Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.