School tours have been postponed until December due to the latest national lockdown.
Our virtual tour will give you a flavour of our school family and more information can be found by exploring our website pages.
Below you will also find frequently asked questions and the answers.
If you would like to know anything more about our school, please do call the school office on 01304 372486. You can also book a tour, on this number, for December/January (unless there are further changes to the guidance).
Thank you for taking the time to find out more about our school.
Tell me more about the collaboration, federation and academy
The Downs and Northbourne CEP Schools became a Federation in September 2011.
In April 2019, The Federation of The Downs and Northbourne CEP schools became a founding member of the Deal Education Learning Alliance Trust (DEALT) which is a MAT comprised of seven local primary schools within Deal and the surrounding villages.
Alongside DEALT, The Downs CEP also belongs to a wider group of schools working together, this group is known as the Deal Learning Alliance (DLA). The DLA includes all of the schools in DEALT and also includes all remaining schools within the local area.
At The Downs CEP we are proud to be part of such an exceptional group of schools. Formally working together we are able to share a wealth of professional experience in order for our pupils at The Downs CEP to benefit from the best our community has to offer.
How many classes in school and what are the class sizes?
• In reception there will be a ratio of at least 2 adults to 30 children all day, each day
• In all other year groups there are two adults in each class every morning and on two-three afternoons
• Each year, the year group cohort will be reviewed and if necessary, classes will be re-mixed to ensure the two classes are as equal as possible – classes are not mixed every year. However, reception is always re-mixed going into year one but they could then stay in their class group all the way through to year six.
Is there a breakfast club?
During breakfast club children get a drink which includes various juices, water and milk, cereal, fruit, and toast. This will be varied during the term with muffins, crumpets, teacakes etc. being offered on special days.
They also have various activities set up daily to take part in.
The cost is £2.50 per session.
Payment should be made in advance on the first day of attendance each week.
Are there any extra-curricular activities?
Will I get a place at The Downs?
Do you have to attend church to attend the school?
What are your school values?
Our vision for the Federation of The Downs and Northbourne CEP Schools is to put God and Family at the heart of all we do. As a nurturing community, we use the parable of The Mustard Seed “…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed…nothing will be impossible.” (Matthew: 17 v20) This guides the way we value and treat all members of our school community. Through our pastoral care and our rich curriculum experiences we provide a safe and dynamic learning environment in which all can flourish.
To grow in: Faith, Love, Compassion, Kindness, Respect & Forgiveness
Our six Christian Values are at the heart of our vision.
Every day we aspire to grow in Faith, Love, Compassion, Kindness, Respect and Forgiveness, so that our school family may experience the joy and hope of “life in all its fullness” (John: 10 v10)
Alongside our Christian values we develop learners who are: Communicative, Independent, Collaborative, Inquisitive, Resilient, and Emotionally Intelligent.
How will I know how my child is getting on?
There will be two consultations a year where you can discuss your child’s progress with the class teacher. During this meeting the development and achievements of your child will be discussed. This is a good opportunity to discuss ways of supporting and extending your child as they progress through our school. We also send home reports twice a year. At other times of the year parents are requested to make an appointment with teachers through the office.
What do I do if I am worried about my child?
There are many staff well placed to support you and your child including a SENCO, pastoral lead, safeguarding lead and members of the leadership team but your class teacher is the best place to start.
How do parents and staff communicate?
How many children go onto grammar school?
What is the current OFSTED grading?
“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Together you have maintained the exemplary strengths found in the last inspection. Pupils are focused in lessons and ready to learn. Around the school, pupils are courteous and polite. Relationships between adults and pupils are warm and respectful. The most vulnerable families and pupils receive a very high level of support from your team of staff” OFSTED 2016 - GOOD
As a Church school we also have an inspection under the SIAMS framework:
‘The centrality of the Christian values within the school and across the federation of respect, love, faith, compassion, kindness and forgiveness impact on care and support for all children and their families’ SIAMS Jan 2017 - OUTSTANDING
What curriculum do you teach?
Each year group will use the overarching theme to plan what they are going to teach, relevant to their year group national curriculum objectives.
Each year group’s long term plan is available on our school website under the curriculum tab.
What transition events will take place?
For children who are starting in our reception classes we offer a selection of activities designed to make the transition from nursery to school a happy one. These include stay and play sessions and home visits both before and after the summer break.
The rest of the school meet their new teacher in July when our Year 6’s visit their secondary schools.
In September for all year groups, there will be ‘meet and great’ sessions during the first term, where parents and carers are invited to meet their child’s teacher and learn about the expectations for the up-coming year.
What food and drink can my child bring to school?
We also like children to have a named bottle of water with them. We encourage children to drink plenty of water as this has been shown to aid concentration.
Additionally, each child will be offered a piece of fruit at some point during the day.
Can my child get milk at school?
Will my child be able to have a hot dinner?
Hot meals continue to be completely free of charge for pupils in Reception and Years 1 and 2. However your child may be eligible to apply for Free School Meals if your family is in receipt of Income Related benefits. The school would then receive government funding (pupil premium) to provide additional support for your child.
Whole School Meals (WSM) cook food on the school premises and children can choose which meals to have from the 3 week menu. Your child does not have to have 5 meals a week. However, we do need to know at the start of the week how many meals your child will take, and for which days. We ask that please pay for your child’s meals in advance, either weekly or termly. Please pay on a Monday for all meals you intend your child to take during that week.
Packed Lunch - If pupils do not wish to have school dinners they can bring a healthy packed lunch. Please note that we are a nut-free school. Children need to bring their food and drink in suitable containers so that it can be stored safely until lunchtime. Lunchtime Supervisors will assist children with lids etc. but wherever possible food should be sent so that children can eat their lunch independently.
What is the behaviour policy of the school?
The staff at the Downs CEP School are committed to ensuring that our children work hard, safely and happily, in a calm, caring, interesting, disciplined and stimulating environment which is underpinned by our Christian values. We try to keep formal rules to a minimum but some are needed to ensure the smooth operation of the school. These rules are a collection of understandings which reflect our views on issues such as politeness, safety, the right to learn and the security of property, both of the school and of the individual.
Children’s good work, positive attitude and sensible behaviour are recognised by staff and rewarded in a number of ways.
If a problem occurs we deal with each situation appropriately. If there is a persistent problem we invite parents to work with us to find a solution.
See our behaviour for learning policy for more detail.