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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 curriculum and 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, is encapsulated in our strap line, "Challenging Minds. Changing Futures”.

We are delighted with our 2019 outcomes for the Early Years Foundation Stage and year 1 Phonics. Downsway performed well against other schools in the Local Authority, and against schools nationally.  

We are also very pleased with our Year 2 and Year 6 results. Our results are in line or above average for the Local Authority and for schools nationally for the expected standard and for the greater depth standard.  We are very proud of our Reading progress score of 2.77 for our Year 6 children. Our results were significantly above national and in the highest 20% of all schools.  

Our local community continues to support us and this is reflected in the continuing demand for places in our Early Years Foundation Stage for September 2019. We are running a waiting list for admissions yet again this year.

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 “Mystery at Magpie Manor” performed by Year 3 and 4 children and “A midsummer’s Night’s Dream” performed by Year 6. Past Year 6 performances include: Bugsby Malone, Hamlet, 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. Provision includes: 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.

We have been granted exclusive use, by West Berkshire Council, of the former Children’s Centre, on our site. The space is known as “The Hub” and is used as a teaching space and is available for hire by local community groups.

We are immensely proud of our extensive grounds and superb buildings. We remain committed to upgrading our facilities and each year we undertake some improvement work. Our most recent project involved the installation of external gym equipment on the playing field.   We have also installed new fire exit doors at the rear of the hall and in the Year 3 and 4 classrooms to provide access and ventilation in hot weather.   

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.

Chair of Governors

November 2019