Head of Upper School – Working Hard

Head of Upper School - Working Hard

The Upper School have enjoyed a busy and productive period since half-term, and I wanted to say how well the Year 6 pupils have done during their mock exams, and in the practice interviews with Senior Staff. The children have been smart, responsive and generally interviewed very well. Thank you to all the staff who have taken the time to interview the pupils and provide feedback on areas for improvement. The Year 6 teaching team look forward to seeing you at parent’s evening next Tuesday 20 November if they didn’t see you this week.

Meanwhile, the Year 7 & 8 pupils have all been undertaking assessments and mock papers, and will be receiving feedback from the staff on how they have done. However, overall we are pleased with the results and it would appear that half-term provided both an opportunity for some R&R as well as some good revision for some; well done!


Outside the classroom the football season has been highly successful, and having beaten Cranleigh Prep School in the semi-final, the first XI now play in the final of the Surrey Prep Schools Cup on Saturday 17 November. Good luck in the final boys!

The entire Year 8 cohort have been working hard with My Bryant on their forthcoming performance of ‘The Adams Family’ and look forward to performing to the Lower School and parents next week. If you haven’t booked your tickets yet please contact the school office asap to avoid disappointment; its promises to be a fabulous show!

On the 13 December, we have our Upper School Carol concert, to be held in the Sports Hall. This is always a lovely evening, sets the scene for the festive period, and will give the Choir and Orchestra the opportunity to perform to the school and parents. The expectation is that all Upper School pupils will attend, and the event starts at 5pm and will be completed by 6pm. Please do add the date to your diary and we look forward to seeing as many parents there as possible.

Whilst on break duty this week I noticed an alarming number of packets of crisps and bars of chocolates etc at morning break. We pride ourselves on being a healthy school, so could I encourage parents to ensure their pupils have filling, but healthy snacks, to boost their energy levels during the day.

Finally, whilst the weather is still exceptionally mild, as we enter the Winter period the temperatures will inevitably drop, so may I remind parents and pupils to wrap up warmly for school with hats, gloves and scarves etc but to ensure that these are in the Downsend school colours of red, grey and black.

I look forwards to seeing all of our parents in the various events at school as we build up to Christmas over the coming weeks!

Karl Newland

01372 372197