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Schoolsworks is a multi-academy trust in West Sussex. Our aim is to create small hubs of schools which work closely together to collaborate, share best practice and improve outcomes for children.



Your child's experience of school is as important to us as it is to you. We want to work in partnership with you to ensure your child has the very best experiences from their very first moments at Downsbrook.


Mrs Neale, Assisstant Head - Early Years and Curriculum 



Starting School

Starting school for the very first time, or changing schools is an important milestone for both you and your child. Here at Downsbrook we believe that this should also be a time of great excitement and opportunity. Because of this, we are firmly committed to ensuring that it is an experience that is as positive as possible; by working together we can and will make this transition smooth and enjoyable. This smooth transition begins from your very first encounter with us and we strive to maintain this through all areas of provision.

Reception - New Starters

In the term prior to their entry, pupils are invited into school for a ‘Stay and Play’ session in their new classroom, as well as teachers going to nurseries to visit children in their current settings. This helps children become familiar with the school surroundings as well as allowing teachers and pupils to get to know each other very well, even before starting school in September. During this period, there will be information and welcome meetings for parents to discuss our partnership with you and talk about any concerns you might have. Pupils will be admitted to Downsbrook Primary School in the September of the academic year in which they are five.

At the start of each new school year, class teachers run workshops about the Early Years curriculum and how parents can help their child at home. This supplements the regular and ongoing contact throughout the year. We look forward to developing home-school partnerships in Early Years. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential.

 Joining during the school year 

If your child joins our school during the year or at any other point during the Primary years, you can rest assured that we will do all that we can to ensure a smooth transition into life here at Downsbrook. 

We will ensure that you have the opportunity to tour the school with your child prior to their start date and the school Admissions Manager will ensure that you have all the necessary information regarding our school day, our uniform and anything else that you might need in the first few weeks. 

On the first day in school, you and your child will be met by a senior member of staff and your child will be given a 'class buddy' to help them orientate and settle in. 

We will be on hand to answer any and all of your questions.