Downs Junior School, a popular and lively establishment, presently the largest junior school in Brighton and Hove with just over five hundred pupils aged between seven and eleven. We are situated close to Blakers Park in the vibrant Fiveways area of Brighton. The children are organised into sixteen mixed ability classes with four classes per year group. Each year group contains up to one hundred and twenty eight pupils; maximum numbers thirty two per class.
Our late Victorian school, built in the 1890’s, is now a Grade 2 listed property. A great deal of thought has gone into keeping its best features whilst providing up to date, educational facilities for both staff and pupils. All classrooms are provided with the latest whiteboard technology and we are currently nearly through a programme of classroom refurbishment. Disability access is available on different levels, with the present exception of the first floor.
The school has a reputation for taking good care of its pupils in a safe and happy environment. Over the last few years we have gained recognition in many areas including Artsmark Gold, Basic Skills Mark, Eco Schools Silver, International Schools Award, Naace Mark for ICT and Continual Professional Development Leadership Award Gold. We were also one of the Get Set schools in the lead up to the London Olympics in 2012.
In March of 2011 Ofsted graded the school outstanding, one of the only junior schools in Brighton and Hove to receive this recognition.