Downs Infant School


Name Downs Infant School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 26 June 2013
Address Ditchling Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6JA
Phone Number 01273296868
Type Primary
Age Range 5-7
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 358 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.0
Local Authority Brighton and Hove
Percentage Free School Meals 7.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.7%

Information about this school

This is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is average. This is additional funding provided for looked after children, pupils eligible for free school meals and children of service families. In this school it applies to the first group only. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. Pupils from the school attend an off-site breakfast and after-school club called A Class of Their Own. This was not part of the inspection. The latest report can be vierwed on the Ofsted website. Since the previous inspection, there have been several changes to staff and within the governing body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Leaders and managers, including governors, have ensured that the school has sustained improvements over a considerable period. Achievement is high and teaching is outstanding. Children make very rapid progress from starting points which are below those typically expected for their age. By the time they leave at the end of Year 2 their attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is well above national averages. Pupils from different groups, including disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and pupils with additional funding, make progress at rates faster than that found nationally. Pupils’ behaviour in classrooms and around the school is exemplary. Pupils are well cared for and flourish within a safe and happy, learning environment. They are very enthusiastic about learning and love coming to school. Consequently, attendance levels are high. A strong focus on developing their creative and artistic skills makes an excellent contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral and social development. Teachers work well together in teams to ensure that activities in all subject areas and year groups are stimulating and engaging. The school recognises that leadership in the Early Years Foundation Stage and in literacy needs to be sharper to maintain these high expectations. Parents are unanimous in their praise for the school, and speak warmly about the staff.