Headteachers Message 24.04.2020

Dear Parents/Carers, I hope you are all well and coping with the current lockdown. I have recorded a message for the students (link below) and would be very grateful if you could arrange for them to view it. We will shortly be in touch with further information about ‘Home Learning’ based on feedback from the… Read more »

Downlands @ 60

DOWNLANDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL CELEBRATES IT’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY It makes you wonder what the residents of Hassocks and in particular Dale Avenue and Windmill Avenue, thought in 1955 when it was proposed to build a new school right on their doorstep. ‘Photographs – Copyright The Francis Frith Collection’ Downlands School opened in September 1960 as the… Read more »

Covid-19 Update On Communications 31.03.2020

Dear Parents/Carers, We want to keep you informed at all times. We have a number of channels of communication with you: website – Click the links for the most updated areas;  news updates and letters that are sent home   email – Weekly communications are sent via email.  If you are not receiving them please check your junk… Read more »

Covid-19 Keyworker Information 19.03.2020

Dear Parents/Carers, I am writing following my email updating all parents about our plans for tomorrow and next week. If you are a key worker from the list below and require childcare starting on Monday, please email office@downlands.w-sussex.sch.uk stating the names of your children. – All NHS staff – All carers – Police and civilian staff… Read more »

***Update from Mark Wignall*** 19.03.2020

Dear Parents/Carers, As I am sure you are aware, Downlands will close at the end of school on Friday following instruction from the government.  At present we have no information to suggest when the school will re-open. Tomorrow, only year 7 and 10 should attend school as usual and should clear out lockers and take… Read more »

Covid-19 Update – Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers, I am writing to update you on our plans for the next two days of school. Due to increasing staff shortages, school will be closed for students in year 8 and 9. Students in years 7, 10 and 11 should attend school as normal. For the next two days students in years 8… Read more »

Y11 Update

Dear students, parents and carers These are unprecedented times for our young people. In every household across the country with children who were expecting to take examinations this summer families will be trying to come to terms with the implications of the shock announcement by the government cancelling the GCSE exams this summer. The welfare… Read more »

***School Closure Advice***

School Closure Contingency Plans In the event of school closure the following protocols will be implemented: Expectations we expect students to complete all work set ideally students require access to a Chromebook/laptop/PC and internet access. If this is not practical students would still be able to access work from their smart devices and the Office… Read more »

Celebrate World Book Day

Time to celebrate our love of reading. Dress up as your favourite character and bring the world of books alive.

Headteacher Mark Wignall, describes Downlands’ Ethos & Values

Welcome to Downlands! Downlands is proud to be a community school. Our aim is to work in partnership with our community to educate our youngsters to become caring, kind, active, responsible and successful citizens able to make a social, environmental and economic contribution to society. We are immensely proud of our talented students who add… Read more »

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