Community

Downham School is part of the Ramsden Heath, Downham, Billericay and local church community. These are some of the ways in which we are involved with these  wider communities.

  

Downham School PTA

This is an active and very successful group who organise a large number of events throughout the school year.  Last year these included School Summer Fete, Christmas Bazaar, Bouncy Castle Evening, School Discos, Bingo Evening, Curry Nights and a Christmas Ball at Stock Brook Manor. Find out more about the PTA's current projects →

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St. Margaret's Church

The School has a close relationship with the local Churches. The Rector, Reverend Stephen Robertson, is a regular visitor to the school leading assemblies and in his role as a School Governor.  For further details of services at St. Margaret's click here →

 

 BCT- Billericay Community Trust (formerly BEC)

A group of schools in the Billericay area who work together in a number of areas for the benefit of all the schools involved.  The organisation involves primary, infant, junior and secondary schools.  It allows teachers and pupils to work together on specific aspects of education and share knowledge and learn collaboratively. 

The Billericay Community Trust (BCT) is a registered charity comprising of fifteen schools in Billericay, Anglia Ruskin University and Billericay Educational Consortium. Through working with partners within and beyond the Trust, the BCT’s aims are:

• Delivering excellence in learning through enhanced collaboration between all learning   providers
• Maximising efficient use of resources
• promotion of community cohesion
 
Delivering excellence in learning through enhanced collaboration between all learning providers 
 
In recent years the BCT has been designated Teaching School Status. This has enabled the Trust to work beyond the boundaries of Billericay to develop excellence in teaching, learning and leadership. An integral part of this work is to develop high quality primary and secondary teachers from trainees through to senior leaders.
 
 Maximising efficient use of resources
Headteachers have a strong shared belief that through the pooling of resources they can maximise the impact of resources available. Schools meet regularly to review best value in terms of quality, consistency, efficiency and cost. Schools jointly employ a Home/School Liaison worker, Language worker, two Home/School Attendance Officers and children’s counseling services for the benefit of children and families in their care. 
 
Promotion of community cohesion

The BCT works with a range of local partners to ensure that schools and education remain at the heart of the community. Read more on their website →

 

Billericay Parents Forum

This support group gives information and runs courses on parenting. In the coming year we hope they will run a course at our school. Find out more on their website →

 Billericay Scitt 

Why not train with Billericay Educational Consortium, the top performing School Centred Initial Teacher Training provider in England.  Local schools work in partnership with this OFSTED grade 1 provider offering students support and training of the highest quality. Find out more on their website

 

Billericay Teaching School Alliance  

Downham C of E Primary School is a Strategic Partner in the Billericay Teaching School Alliance. The link below will take you to their website.

Billericay Teaching School Alliance

What is a Teaching School Alliance?

Teaching schools are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to enable schools to take increasing responsibility for managing the education system. The vision for teaching schools is to have established a network of around 500 outstanding teaching school alliances that will drive significant improvement in the quality of professional practice, improving the attainment of every child.

Teaching schools will play a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where:

trainee teachers learn from the best teachers, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring

professional development is school-based and classroom focused – teachers, support staff and leaders improve through exposure to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school, through observation, mentoring, coaching, practice, reflection and sharing with peers

talent development and distributed leadership are the norm – staff demonstrating potential are encouraged to lead and are  given structured and stretching opportunities to grow and develop

leaders have local knowledge and can identify where key resources and expertise lie

As well as offering training and support, teaching schools will identify and co-ordinate expertise in partner schools, using the best leaders and teachers to:

play a greater role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession (initial teacher training)

lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (continuing professional development)

identify and develop leadership potential (succession planning and talent management)

provide support for other schools

designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)

 engage in research and development activity

AquAid Water Coolers

We at Downham Church of England Primary School are aware that keeping our children hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the school day. As a result, we decided to invest in water dispensers from AquAid. Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our school the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to the Africa Trust. These funds are used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ – a modified version of an age old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump is currently being installed in Africa on our behalf and it will be a much needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many. Our school’s name will be proudly displayed on our well and we look forward to adding some photos and letters of thanks from the villagers to our site in the near future. To date AquAid have built over 5,000 such Elephant Pumps across parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi; and have donated in excess of £10 million to charity.

Our Water Cooler is from AquaAid

 

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