Inspection of Downsbrook Middle School by Ofsted
Please could we ask all parents/carers to read the letter and explanatory document that has been sent out today via Parentmail, paper copy or is available to download from the letters section of our website. You can submit your response to the survey by clicking the link provided below or in the "Stop Press" section on the left of the school home page. Below is an extract from the letter for your reference.
We have just told your child’s school that we will inspect it on 08/07/2015-09/07/2015. The lead inspector will be Richard Blackmore. We are writing to you because we would like to know what you think about the school. Please take a few minutes to read the leaflet which came with this letter. It explains why we inspect schools, and what happens during an inspection.
Your views about the school are important to us
If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at: www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.
Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, including the progress made by your child, the quality of teaching, dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The inspectors will use the online survey responses when inspecting your child’s school. Written comments can also be sent to the school in a sealed envelope, marked confidential and addressed to the inspection team.
To register your views, you will need to provide your email address, which will be held securely. It will not be used for any purpose other than providing access to the online survey. Neither schools nor Ofsted will have access to any email addresses.
Please complete the online survey by 11am on 08/07/2015 as this will give the inspection team more time to consider your views. However, we will consider all online responses that are completed during the inspection.
Speaking to an inspector
If you are unable to complete the online survey, it may be possible to speak to an inspector during the inspection, for instance at the start of the school day, or to pass on messages to the inspectors if you are unable to speak to them in person. Inspection administrators will be happy to make the necessary arrangements. If concerns are raised about child protection, we may have to pass the information we receive to social services or the police. You can contact the administrators on 0117 3115330. Inspectors will be pleased to receive your comments, but cannot deal with complaints about individual pupils or settle disputes between you and the school.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the online survey.
It's Hot, Hot, Hot...
We all love the hot weather but could we please remind all Parents/Carers that as the children spend much of the day outside during the Summer Term it is advisable for sun cream to be applied before the school day starts. Refillable water bottles are essential to the children's wellbeing and fresh chilled water is provided throughout the building. Hats are also recommended for use during morning and lunch breaks along with any outdoor P.E. activities. Thank you for your attention.
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.