Our Approach

Highly experienced staff inspire children to explore inside and outside of the classroom.

Inspire young minds

Enrich each child’s individuality

Stimulate curiosity and imagination

Build self-esteem and confidence

Develop independence and responsibility



We wear wellies and count the splashes puddles make.

Highly experienced staff deliver a structured learning programme that inspires children to explore, discover and play inside and out of the classroom.  Children hardly realise they are learning as they investigate shapes and textures in the vegetable patch, or collect and count sticks to make hedgehogs out of clay.

While we follow the Early Years and Key Stage One curriculum, we do go beyond this and provide a broader, vibrant approach.

We believe there are many imaginative ways to enrich children and appeal to inquisitive natures. At this important stage in their development, young brains thrive on activity.  Which is why we have a Forrest School to take literacy, numeracy and science outdoors and make learning fun.  Why we have specialist teachers in Music, Dance, Drama, PE and Games. Why we teach French from Year 2. And why our after school clubs introduce children to many new skills.

During this exciting and impressionable time at Downsend, children are given every opportunity to discover and explore. We never forget we are nurturing the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, linguists, creative artists, and sporting talent.  We are successful in laying the foundation for all that is to come.