In 2018 our Regulatory Compliance Inspection found that Downsend met the standards in the schedule to the Education Regulations 2014, following lesson observations, examining samples of pupils’ work and formal interviews with staff, pupils and governors.
The 2018 Regulatory Compliance Inspection Reports can be downloaded below:
Our 2014 Inspections gave outstanding feedback “Pupils attain high standards, gaining scholarships at prestigious local schools when they leave.”
‘Downsend is successful in providing pupils a welcoming and stimulating environment and finding areas where each child can succeed and gain confidence. Pupils show good achievement, making good progress and attaining high standards, with many gaining scholarships at prestigious local schools when they leave. The range of extra-curricular activities is excellent, so that every child has the chance to find new interests and develop their talents.’
‘The overall quality and standards of the early years’ provision is outstanding. The children make excellent progress in their learning and development relative to their starting points and are very well prepared for the next stage in their education.’
‘This is an outstanding school. The pupils develop excellent reading and numeracy skills with the oldest pupils working above average. Speaking skills are outstanding and the pupils confidently discuss their work. The quality of the curriculum is particularly good. Teaching is also outstanding; parent reports are outstanding and the school’s well-chosen resources support learning very effectively.’
‘The children make good progress in their learning and development relative to their starting points and they are well prepared for the next stage of their education.
Developments are being carefully and systematically introduced to promote good practice and ensure improved continuity and effectiveness in teaching and learning.’
‘The overall quality of education is outstanding, as is the quality of teaching, especially in the older classes. The curriculum is wide and rich, and teachers have high expectations of the pupils. This is reflected in their outstanding progress and confidence in their learning.’
‘The children make excellent progress in their learning and development.
The children are happy and secure. Their personal and social development is outstanding.
Leadership is good; it supports continuous improvement and evaluates practice effectively.’
‘The quality of the curriculum is good, and it is significantly broad, being well supported by a good range of extra-curricular activities. The pupils’ behaviour is particularly good and they develop strong speaking, listening and numeracy skills. They are confident and articulate. Teaching is good, and in some classes it is outstanding. The school is well resourced.’