I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their commitment, hard work and dedication to the school, making Downsbrook such a special and wonderful school. I would also like to thank all the parents for their support over the last 12 months and would like to wish everybody a very happy and safe summer holiday and we look forward to starting the new term for pupils on Thursday 4th September.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mr J Grover
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.
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.
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.