Together we can make a difference – Go Flight Free in 2020

In 2016 airlines carried 3.7 billion passengers. This is set to rise to more than 8 billion by 2035. At the same time, climate scientists are warning that we have less than 12 years to make a significant reduction in our emissions in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Flying less is one of the… Read more »

Congratulations to all Duke of Edinburgh Award Winners

The Duke of Edinburgh award can be “a game-changer, raising young people’s aspirations and opening doors to employment whilst bringing people together”. We are proud at Downlands of our flourishing Duke of Edinburgh programme and every year more and more students complete their Bronze Award and then go onto do their Silver. Achieving an Award… Read more »

Downlands Students Send Hope to Australia

With estimates of over 1 billion animals lost to the terrible wild fires in Australia, our students have been busy contributing to the efforts to save as many joeys as possible. Answering a call from the Animal Rescue Craft Guild, every lunch time the students, together with Mrs Moller and Mrs Grala, have been making… Read more »

Traffic Issues in Dale Avenue – January 2020

  Over the Christmas break a water mains pipe burst at the junction of Windmill Avenue and Dale Avenue. The resulting works is on-going and we have been informed by West Sussex County Council that the works will not be finished until 17 January. There is a 3 way traffic control in place. Please be… Read more »

They Danced All Night!

Our third Downlands Dance Show took place in December. This year over 110 pupils from year 7-11 performed in the show, with pieces ranging from Stormzy street dance solos to tap and contemporary dance. We also collaborated with professional dance company, Ceyda Tanc Dance and our Boys Dance Company performed their debut piece. The dancers’… Read more »

Christmas @ Downlands!

A very big thank you to all the Technology department staff who put on a lovely Festive Technology evening on Thursday. This event is so popular – the waiting list is very long every year and we are always sad to disappoint so many families. However, the students who were pulled out of a hat… Read more »

STEM Club wins national STEM award

The STEM Club at Downlands Community School has been awarded Outstanding STEM Club at the STEM Inspiration Awards 2019. The winners were announced at a prestigious event held at the House of Lords on the 5th November. The awards celebrate those extraordinary individuals and organisations who inspire young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and… Read more »

Christmas is coming……

….and preparations for our Christmas Market are in full swing. There will be the traditional Christmas Tree Forest where you can vote for your favourite tree (decorated by teams of year 7 students) and help us raise some money for the Chestnut Tree House Hospice, festive stalls where you can make a start on your… Read more »

Just the Colour Yellow Made us Smile

#HelloYellow day at Downlands was bright and sunny – not just the weather but also the yellow clothes worn by the students. There were bananas (Mrs Ridley and Teddy Weller!), yellow hats, yellow hair bands, yellow socks, yellow t-shirts, yellow sweatshirts and even yellow pants (but we didn’t see them!). Thank you to all the… Read more »

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