Football off to a flying start!

Congratulations to the Year 7 and Year 8 boys football teams who have made a flying start in the District Cup Competition.  With emphatic 8-1 and 10-1 wins the boys were delighted.  Mr Bartholomew did point out, however, that there is always room for improvement but did also say “well done” to the boys –… Read more »

If you go down to the woods today…..

……. you will probably find one of our new Year 7 tutor groups discovering the fun and excitement of the woods in the corner of the school grounds.  Together with Forest Schools expert Mr Stokes each year 7 tutor group has, over the last week or so, spent the day in the woods getting to… Read more »

On Line Payment System for the Canteen

We are aware that there are problems with our online payment system for the canteen.  The issue is currently being investigated.  Students will be allowed to make purchases in the canteen until we have resolved the issue.

Back to School

Welcome to all the new students who have joined Downlands this term – not just in Year 7 but in other years as well.  The students are looking very smart in either their red uniforms (Year 7-10) or blue uniforms (Year 11).  We have been very impressed with the way the students have got right… Read more »

Fantastic Summer of Chess!

It was not all beach and ice cream over the summer holidays for some Downlands students. Just before we broke up for the summer, Downlands had no less than three attend at Twickenham the Gigafinal of the UK Chess Challenge, effectively a national semi-final and involving youngsters from across the south of the UK, including Wales… Read more »

GCSE Results 2017

Students at Downlands School, in Hassocks, have achieved some excellent GCSE results.  Some 82 per cent earned a standard pass – grade 4 – or better in English & maths, while 39 per cent of passes were at an A and above (grade 7 and above).  An impressive 36 students achieved grade 9, the highest… Read more »

Academic Awards Evening 2017

Congratulations to all the students who received an award on Thursday night.  Carolyn Barton from the Hassocks Twinning Association gave an interesting speech outlining the significance of learning languages in the post Brexit environment and then presented the awards to all the students.  Achievement Leaders from all year groups were on hand to offer their congratulations… Read more »

Good Luck to Year 9 Student Olivia Lonsdale

Whilst some of us will be putting our feet up after a very busy term, Olivia Lonsdale will off to Liverpool to take part in the British Gymnastics Championships.  Training five times a week, Olivia is a member of the Hawth Gymnastics team and will be competing in the Junior National 2 Floor Exercises, Vault,… Read more »

The National Students’ Art Exhibition 2017

  Under patronage of the Royal British Artists. Since 2014 the Art Department has been submitting pupil’s work to the RBA National Students’ Art Exhibition. We have been successful each year and have had pupils work exhibited in the Pall Mall Galleries alongside the work of the Royal British Artists.. The work is of an… Read more »

Southdowns Retain Sports Day Title!

The sun shone and the annual PE Sports Day was another resounding success.  All 1047 students took part from tug of war to high jump.  There was long jump, high jump, triple jump, trampolining, javelin, discus, shot put and of course lots of running!  At the half way point it did look as if Wolstonbury… Read more »

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