Downs Infant School

Our web address is www.downsinf.brighton-hove.sch .uk



We are currently closed to all pupils except the children of keyworkers who need a place to enable them to carry out their critical duties, and some of our vulnerable children.  Please do not make judgements about who is accessing 'in school' places as you may not be aware of a family's circumstances.

We are strongly supporting the government's message of 'stay at home'.  For details of the actions we are taking to operate the school in a Covid-Aware way, and how we are supporting home learning, please see our Covid 19 page.

If you are the parent/carer of a child in school and receive a positive Covid 19 test result, please let us know by calling the school office. Please leave a phone number on which you can be reached, and have your test ID number to hand.  This is because we need to track and trace any school based contacts.  This is in addition to any contacts you give to the NHS Track and Trace team.  Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.

If your child is due to start school in September 2021 and you missed our Zoom meeting with our Headteacher, Dr Hildi Mitchell along with members of our Senior Leadership Team you can view the recording here.


Please click here for a virtual tour!


Welcome to Downs Infant School

Whether you are a parent, child, friend, neighbour or visitor, we want you to feel welcome and valued at Downs Infant School.


Vision Statement

Our vision is to create a welcoming and inclusive school community where children can be happy and excited about their opportunities. We want to give children a voice and a feeling of worth. We nurture a culture of wanting to learn, and an ‘I can do it!’ attitude.


Mission Statement

We do this by:

  • · Ensuring children feel cared for, and teaching them to care for others.
  • · Providing creative opportunities for children’s learning in all areas.
  • · Greeting children’s achievements and efforts with enthusiasm and encouragement.
  • · Welcoming and celebrating the diversity in our school community while challenging stereotypes and assumptions that might limit ambition for our children.
  • · Giving all children a voice through class circle times, a school council, and a staff team who listen.
  • · Relentlessly championing the needs of the most vulnerable in our community.
  • · Working in partnership with our local community, including our parents and carers.
  • · Thinking outside the box and trying new things for the benefit of our children and families.



Values (Our A, B, Cs)


Ambition, Belonging, Creativity, Diversity, Empathy, Flexibility


Learning Heroes


Incy links to ambition and flexibility ‘I can do it!’ ‘I can find a way!’


Busy and Buzz link to belonging and empathy ‘I can work with others.’ ‘I can listen to other people’s points of view.’

Wonder links to creativity and diversity ‘I wonder why…?’ ‘What if…?’


If you are a parent and have questions about your child’s education, please talk to your child’s teacher in the first instance – this is the person in school who will know your child best.

If you are looking for a place for your child, please contact the office who can advise on visits to the school.


For information about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, please contact our SENCo, Jon Hughes on 01273 296860 or via the office.


If you would like printed copies of any information contained on the website, please contact the office, who will be able to provide these.


As a welcoming, inclusive school, we take our responsibilities to promote equality very seriously. We are committed to ensuring that no-one in the school community is treated less favourably for reasons of their age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy or maternity.