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Governing Board

Welcome from the Governing Board

As a Governing Board, we are very proud of our school which has been serving our local community for over 40 years. Downsway is a very special caring school where meeting the needs of each child is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to excellence and passionately believe in providing our children with the very best opportunities to develop both academically and personally.

Our caring and nurturing ethos is based on our distinctive values and a belief that every child can be successful as encapsulated in our strap line, "Challenging Minds. Changing Futures”.

We were pleased with our 2017 Year 6 results for reading which were above national average and our progress score for reading placed Downsway within the top 25th of schools nationally for the second year running. Our results for writing and maths were below national expectations; improving outcomes in these subjects is a key priority for the school this year.

Our community continues to support us and this is reflected in the continuing demand for places in our Early Years Foundation Stage for September 2018.

We ensure our children receive a broad and balanced education. The school has a strong sporting tradition and plays an active part in a number of local fixtures for football, tag rugby, kwik cricket and cross country. We value the Arts at Downsway and our children enthusiastically participate in productions; last year saw “Porridge” performed by Year 3 and 4 children and “Bugsby Malone”  performed by Year 6. Past Year 6 performances include: Hamlet, A Midsummers Dream and a parody of Macbeth written by the children.,

We have a very strong partnership with our cluster group of local schools, which has provided enrichment opportunities for our children namely workshops and performances in drama and music, sporting events, puzzle day and an annual challenge quiz.

Each year our Year 6 children spend a week at an outdoor bounds centre in Shropshire participating in a variety of team week activities and challenges.

Last year, the school was granted exclusive use of the former children’s centre by West Berkshire Council. We have renamed the space as “The Hub” and are currently using the building as a teaching space. We will be advertising and promoting use of this space to members of our local community in the near future.

We are delighted to have such superb grounds and buildings and remain committed to upgrading our facilities. Recent projects include an outdoor climbing wall, remodelling our former ICT area to create a teaching kitchen, a new IT learning area and a group room. The ladies toilets have been refurbished and we have installed a canopy to create an outdoor teaching area for Year 1. One of our priorities this year has been to revitalise and refresh the school website. We are very proud of the new bright format and layout and hope that you will find the content informative and useful.

I am very proud to be Chair of Governors at Downsway School. The Governors are very committed to supporting the school and working with the staff to offer the best education for the children in our local community.

Lorraine Doyle
Chair of Governors

March 2018