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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 are delighted with our outcomes for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Phonics and end of Year 2. The school performed well against other schools in the Local Authority, coming within in the top 25% of West Berkshire schools.  Whilst our 2018 Year 6 results for the expected standard were in line with national averages, our higher standard results were slightly below national. Improving outcomes for English and Maths for Year 6 so that these exceed national average is a key priority for this academic 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 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 in football, tag rugby, netball, kwik cricket and cross country. We value the Arts at Downsway and our children enthusiastically participate in productions; last year saw “Cinderella Rockerfella” performed by Year 3 and 4 children and “Twelfth Night” 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. 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. We have renamed the space as “The Hub” and use it as a teaching space as well as hiring it out to local community groups.

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. Plans for the future include the installation of an outdoor gym area and new playground markings.

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

November 2018