Mission, Aims and Values

Mission, Aims and Values

“We want children to leave Downsend kind, confident, happy, polite citizens, prepared socially and academically for their transition to a wide range of chosen senior schools, ambitious to embrace the opportunities around them.”  Mr. Watts, Deputy Head


Year 5

I wake excited to go to school.

Our Mission is to

Inspire Young Minds: to create a lifelong passion for learning and discovery in each child, preparing them for a bright and ambitious future.

We Aim to

  • Look Forward
  • Inspire Achievement
  • Nurture Individuality
  • Create Opportunity

Our Values


Excellent teachers open doors in children’s minds at Downsend because they show passion and huge knowledge of their specialist subject. They create hands- on learning experiences that make lessons memorable and fun; they inspire and bring out the best in pupils they teach.


There are no barriers to what children can achieve here but talent and hard work. We encourage positive, go above and beyond attitudes through a curriculum that sets high academic standards and extra-curricular activities that deliver a vast programme of enrichment in the Creative Arts and Sport. There is every opportunity to reach for the stars!


We think big: extensive ICT Suite, brand new Sports Pavilion, three science labs, four football pitches… but we feel personal and intimate. We look after each other at Downsend. Our pastoral care is focused on helping the whole child; we make sure everyone always has someone to turn to whether that’s a teacher, Peer Mentor, House Captain, Playground or dedicated Shoelace Monitor.

And the Spirit of Downsend Award goes to….

We are always on the look-out for the pupils each year who display the values at the heart of our school.  Hard work, relentless pursuit of goals, going beyond, contributing selflessly to school life, doing your very best, taking responsibility… extra special achievements are fully recognised and celebrated in the summer at Prize Giving.

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