We would like to wish all our families a very happy Easter. We hope that you will all have a relaxing break.
We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 13th April 2015.
Come and join in with Worthing's Eco Open House Trail. Visit various open homes and venues in and around Worthing, Lancing and Ferring. There are workshops to learn about draught-proofing and solar PV systems, and help to switch your energy supplier to the most advantageous tariff. Save money on energy and water bills whilst staying warm and comfortable and reducing your carbon footprint. Includes exciting new development on Lancing seafront, as well as fantastic retrofits showcasing solar thermal and solar PV, super insulation, water management systems and more. Learn about which lifestyle changes have really made a difference!
Mr Grover, Mr Boulding and our "Eco Warriors" will be conducting tours to present the energy efficiency of our buildings and the wide range of activities that contribute to our school’s sustainability credentials.
Click on the image to see full detail of the event and download a copy of the case study from the link shown below.
Everyone at Downsbrook Middle School works hard to ensure that we are a happy and caring school where every child and their future matters. We have excellent teachers who deliver a vibrant and exciting curriculum using our diverse environment. We want you to make the right choice for your child and hope that you will take the time to visit our school or contact us with any questions or queries you may have.
If you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to email us by clicking the link.
To all our existing/prospective Parents/Carers and any other interested parties.
If you would you like to review the Site Plans for the second phase of building works here at Downsbrook click the link shown here 2014/15 Construction. These changes are being implemented in readiness for our conversion from a Middle to an All-Through Primary school from September 2015. The construction works are due for completion after the Easter Holidays 2015. If you have any further enquires please contact the school office and a member of the team will be happy to assist.
Downsbrook isn't nuts about nuts!
Could we please remind all Parents/Carers that due to the number of pupils and staff with severe allergies Downsbrook is a "nut free" zone. Please ensure that products containing nuts, in any form, are not included in snacks and lunch boxes brought into school by your children.
As always, we thank you kindly for your co-operation.
Please remember that if you buy yourself a shiny new mobile phone and change your telephone number it is your responsibility to update the personal records held in the Parentmail 2 system. Whilst the school office personnel can and will update phone numbers in our School Management system on your advice we do not have access to amend certain details in the Parentmail 2 system.
So to avoid missing important SMS messages relating to your child please login to Parentmail 2 and check to make sure all your details are correct and up to date. If you need any assistance the office staff will be happy to help you out, give them a call on 01903 230467. To go to the Parentmail 2 login screen click the image to be redirected.
The sun has produced energy for billions of years. Solar energy is the sun’s rays (solar radiation) that reach the Earth. This energy can be converted into other forms of energy, such as heat and electricity. Radiant energy from the sun has powered life on Earth for many millions of years.
In the 1830's, the British astronomer John Herschel famously used a solar thermal collector box (a device that absorbs sunlight to collect heat) to cook food during an expedition to Africa.
Here at Downsbrook we've been converting solar energy into electricity for six months now using Photovoltaic (PV devices) or “solar cells” which change sunlight directly into electricity. These individual PV cells are grouped into panels and arrays of panels which are located on our school roof.
The main benefits of solar energy are:
- Solar energy systems do not produce air pollutants or carbon-dioxide
- When located on buildings, such as our school, there is minimal impact on the environment
Two limitations of solar energy are:
- The amount of sunlight that arrives at the Earth's surface is not constant. It varies depending on location, time of day, time of year, and weather conditions.
- Because the sun doesn't deliver that much energy to any one place at any one time, a large surface area is required to collect the energy at a useful rate.
You can click on the picture of the Sun to see how our Solar Plant is performing.