Downs View Infant School

Downs View Infant School

Downs View Infant School

Downs View Infant School

News from Downs View

Monday: Owl Parents join children for lunch Tuesday: Squirrel Parents join children for lunch Wednesday: Fox Parents join children for lunch Friday: Jeans for genes – national charity day where staff and children can wear jeans for a coin donation.


Term Dates 2018/19

Term 1 2018

Start: Wednesday, 5 September 2018 (Year 1 & 2)
Monday, 10 September 2018 (Year R am or pm)

End: Friday, 19 October 2018

As an outstanding school Downs View have achieved ‘National Teaching School’ status.

We work as a member of the Ashford Teaching Alliance with :

Lady Joanna Thornhill Primary,
Sellindge Primary,
Highworth Grammar,
Brockhill Park Secondary and
Goldwyn Special School.

Is your child starting school in September 2019?  
Come and have a look around our school.



Tour begins at:

Thursday 18th October


Downs View

Tuesday 30th October


Kennington Academy

Tuesday 6th November


Downs View

Wednesday 21st November


Kennington Academy

Monday 26th November


Downs View

Friday 4th January


Kennington Academy


New prospective parents click here


What’s On At Downs View


Sept 2018

14 Sept

7 Sept

Monday: Owl Parents join children for lunch

Tuesday: Squirrel Parents join children for lunch

Wednesday: Fox Parents join children for lunch

Friday: Jeans for genes – national charity day where staff and children can wear jeans for a coin donation.

 We welcome your views. Please can you complete the questionnaire. You can read our current Parent View results and read our amazing results Inspection Data Summary

‘Altogether we learn, love, respect and have fun!’

Head Teacher: Mrs Tracy Kent

Deputy Head Teacher: Mrs Sarah Collins

 Welcome to our School!

Downs View is a three form entry Outstanding Infant School on the outskirts of Ashford, where pupils are very happy, feel very safe and healthy, and achieve exceptionally well to attain high standards. Parents appreciate the outstanding care, guidance and exceptional support pupils receive including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities. It is not just academic standards that are high. Pupil’s personal development is as outstanding as their academic progress. Their good and sometimes outstanding behaviour as well as above-average attendance reflect pupils desire to learn at school. Our curriculum is underpinned by the five outcomes of ‘Every Child Matters. We provide a topic based curriculum which:

  • focuses on the development of basic skills
  • is creative
  • fosters life long learning
  • enhances levels of well-being for all children
  • enables every child to achieve their full potential
  • celebrates diversity
  • ensures personalised learning
  • provides real life experiences
  • encompasses outdoor learning opportunities
  • encourages parental involvement
  • is fun!

Welcome from the Headteacher

Tracy Kent Head Teacher
Tracy Kent
Head Teacher

Hello and welcome to Downs View! My name is Mrs Tracy Kent and I am delighted to be the Headteacher of such an amazing team and family! I was previously the Deputy Headteacher and SEN Co for 6 years, here at Downs View.

I feel honoured to be one of the only 2 Infant schools in Ashford, providing a nurturing and positive environment for your child to begin their primary education. I firmly believe that these first years are the crucial years to build the foundations for the future.

We ensure we invest time in getting to know you and your child before they start school so that we can begin their learning journey from their unique starting point.

The partnership with parents/carers is vital to support this journey.  We  listen and learn from every child’s first educators – you the parent/carers!

We work very closely with Kennington Academy where children continue their education from year 3 to year 6, ensuring that there is a seamless transition between both schools. There is an application process but every child who applies and has attended Downs View is guaranteed a place.

We welcome prospective parents and your children to both schools to see us in action and soak up our positive, child-centred ethos where children have a love for learning and thrive! I look forward to meeting you.

Mrs Tracy Kent


More information about our school

Our Ofsted inspection of June 2011 evaluated our provision as Outstanding.  We are very proud of this achievement and we encourage you to read the report by clicking on the attachment below: Ofsted Report 2011 For further information about our school, please click on the link below to view the School Prospectus, or arrange a time to come and visit us!

Download the Downs View Prospectus

From Our School Plan- 2018-2019

1. Effectiveness of Leadership & Management

2. Quality of Teaching, Learning & Assessment

3. Personal development, Behaviour & Welfare

4. Outcomes for Pupils

*To strengthen the governors’ strategic knowledge and monitoring of the school’s priorities to impact on the outstanding leadership of the school.*To ensure that teaching and learning is innovative and personalised to ensure that all pupils needs are met*Attendance will be outstanding (97%+) by the end of the year.*To strengthen attainment in phonics to ensure that overall attainment in phonics in year 1 is above national data. 100% of phonics retake children make accelerated progress to pass or increase their score by at least 50%


  • For all leaders to use research and professional development to strengthen innovative approaches for teaching and learning


  • Embed use of Assessment for Learning within Mathematics mastery approach to ensure all needs are met rapidly
*To provide personalised support for families to enhance the welfare of pupils in school and at home.*Diminishing the difference at end of Year 1 in reading writing and Maths and in reading and writing by end of year 2 to ensure outcomes are above the national (compared to ‘other’ pupils) for disadvantaged pupils.
**To embed a whole school approach to spoken language *Raising attainment for boys and diminishing the gender difference in KS1 in writing .


Your Views

We value your views about our school and therefore invite you to share your opinions, using the link below: We work in partnership with Kennington Church of England Academy, where the majority of our children continue their learning journey. We are a member of the Ashford Teaching Alliance, which enables us to share our outstanding practice, provide training opportunities and enrichment activity days for children from other local schools.  governorMark


Contact Us

Ball Lane
Ashford Kent
TN25 4PJ
Tel: 01233 632339
Fax: 01233 620559


Our Values

Altogether we learn, love, respect and have fun!



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