Parent Survey

We are very proud of the 2016 Parent Survey Results.  Click here to view them.  Below are the comments from some of our parents:

"I would recommend the school and like how teachers interact with parents"

"Caring Staff who look after all children well"

"Diverse school with a great atmosphere"

"Amazing school - excellent headteacher and staff.  Always trying to improve itself"

"Aspirational and continuously trying to improve"

"Teachers know their pupils well and parents are always welcome"

"Children feel safe in school"

"Parents are informed about events regularly"

To see more comments click on the 'Parents' tab then scroll down to 'Parent Surveys'

Report an absence online

If you wish to report your child's absence online please click here.  You can report the absence using the form on this page.  Please report absences by 9am on the day of your child's absence. Thank you


Thank you to those parents who report their child’s absences online.  As you will see this form is very user friendly and easy to use.  It has been brought to our attention that parents are not always sure that we have received their form as they do not receive an e-mailed receipt.  The new website does not issue receipts.  Once the form has been sent a message will appear at the top “YOUR FORM HAS BEEN SENT SUCCESSFULLY”.  Please rest assured that if you see this message, your form has been received.


  • Appointments During School Time - All appointments should be made either after school or during school holidays to avoid missing valuable learning time.   
  • Change of Collection - Parents are reminded to complete a ‘Change of Collection’ form should they wish another person to collect their child.  Copies are available from the foyer and on this website.

Weekly Bulletin to Parents

  • Next week years 3-6 will be taking their end of year tests.  In preparation for the tests could parents please ensure their child has a good sleep, eats something healthy for breakfast and is in school on time. 
  • Please see letter regarding arrangements for Ramadan in 'Parents', 'Letters to Parents'
  • Summer FairWE NEED YOUR HELP!! Unfortunately only one parent came to our meeting today.  In order for the Summer Fair to be a success, we need your support.  We have rearranged the parent meeting for Tuesday 6th June at 9.00am.  We hope to see as many of you there as possible.
  • Monday 22nd May 2017

Year 5 swimming (pm)

  • Tuesday 23rd May 2017

9.00am – Reception Parent Workshop  - End of Year Reception Assessments & preparing your child for Year 1 (Reception parents are invited to attend)

  • Wednesday 24th May 2017

Year 6 will be having a group photo taken which will published in a Leavers supplement in the Ilford Recorder.  If you do not wish your child to be in this photo, please let the school office know.

  • Thursday 25th May 2017

Pupils from years 3-5 will be taking part in a music workshop.  The workshops are an introduction to music tuition that will be available for children to take part in during the term.

11.15am – Year 3 Music Workshop (Year 3 parents are invited to attend)

12.00pm – Year 4 Music Workshop (Year 4 parents are invited to attend)

1.45pm   -  Year 5 Music Workshop (Year 5 parents are invited to attend)

3.15pm   -  Music Performance & Parent Q&A (all parents are invited to attend)

  • Friday 26th May 2017

Last day of term.  Children return to school on Monday 5th June at normal time.

Welcome to our school's website

Welcome to Downshall Primary School. I hope you will find that this website gives you some useful information about the school.

At Downshall School we work together to create a learning community that aims to maximise the potential of every pupil. We know that if we support each other and enrich the life of the pupils, parents and staff our chances of being successful in our aims are greatly enhanced.

We celebrate the many traditions, backgrounds and cultures of our school, cherish our differences but unite together to remove any barriers to our learning opportunities.
Our pupils’ success is achieved through a strong partnership of parents, school and their own motivation. All three of the partners have a clear and different role to play but working together is the best way to achieve our common aims.

We hope that both parents and children enjoy the years spent at Downshall and will have happy memories of the time spent here.

Mr Ian Bennett



We are a "Get Reading, Keep Reading, Change Everything" School

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We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell.  Our children do well in the phonics screening check and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success in the KS1 tests.

Ruth Miskin Training recognise us for teaching the programme with fidelity and passion - we know what it takes to make reading and writing pleasurable and rewarding for our children.

This badge recognises that we:

  • Raise standards in reading and writing for our children;
  • Are expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training - including our Headteacher, Mr Bennett;
  • Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer;
  • Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.

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Downshall Primary School, Meads Lane, Seven Kings,  Ilford, Essex, IG3 8UG
Tel: 020 8590 2157

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