Headteacher blog 02.05.19

Posted on: 2nd May

I hope you and your families had a good Easter break and enjoyed the fantastic weather over the Bank Holiday weekend. In the last issue of the blog I talked about our new school vision and the reasons why we decided on ‘Learning together, learning for life.’

Our vision encapsulates why we as teachers and also our students get up in the morning and come to school. The vision articulates what our school looks, feels and sounds like when we have got things right. Behind the vision, we need a set of core values, essentially the fundamental beliefs of our school and the guiding principles that not only dictate behaviour, they inspire our young people and underpin everything we do.

Our core values are as follows:


Be bold, having the self-belief to overcome your challenges and face your fears head on.


Be independent and self-reliant, taking the lead to make the world a better place.


Be respectful to others and earn respect in turn.


Believe that you can succeed and then strive to make the success a reality.


Tough times don't last; strong people do.


Expand our horizons by asking questions, inventing, experimenting and being brave enough to make mistakes.


If It's not right don't say it.  If It's not true don't say it.  Do the right thing and earn the trust of the people around you.


At The Downs School, these values are demonstrated on a daily basis. The dance show at the end of last term saw our students demonstrating courage, performing in front of a live audience, with many being examined as part of their studies. In terms of ambition, we have our current Year 13s studying hard for their summer examinations, a large number of them with university offers or apprenticeships to start in September. Sixty eight of our students have just successfully completed either their Bronze or Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards over the last year. These students demonstrated fantastic resilience on the expeditions and showed responsibility by finding and taking part in volunteering opportunities within the community.

One of the greatest privileges of my job is to be able to walk around the school on a regular basis and witnessing first-hand how the school’s vison and values come alive. There is always a real buzz and energy in every corner of the school, with engaged students experiencing a diverse range of learning experiences.

I would like to end by wishing our Year 11 and Year 13 students all the very best in the exams; we are all rooting for you and know that you are going to smash it!


Chris Prosser


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