Protect Downs Infants

Brighton & Hove Council wish to reduce the number of places at Downs Infant School by a quarter.

Reducing the school intake from 120 to 90 will have a massive impact on the budget of the school and its ability to continue to provide outstanding teaching and will also reduce parental choice in the city by removing places at one of the most popular schools in the area.

This must be stopped.

Make your views known before 27th November.

Act now

Why is this bad?

Downs Infants is an outstanding, popular & successful school

Although less places are required across the city Downs Infants continues to be a very popular school, filling all of its places.

The council have not considered this fact and seek to reduce the number of places available at the school.

Current pupils will be affected

Any changes to the school will be a distraction for staff reducing focus on teaching and learning over the next two years.

There is no local authority provision for the financial costs of reducing the size of the school. Any costs, such as redundancies, will fall within the school’s existing budget.

Budgets in education are already stretched. A reduction will have a large impact on the school, affecting children currently attending the school.

Reduction in parental choice

The school currently fills approximately 30–40 places each year with siblings of existing pupils. A reduction of overall places significantly reduces school choices for new parents. Many more children would not get the benefit of a Downs Infant’s education.

The council is not consulting with local, church-run schools. Or selectively with other schools who are not currently filling their places.

Downs Infants provides outstanding teaching, including for pupils with special educational needs

As a larger infant school, Downs Infants has the capacity in the staff and management team to provide excellent care for children with special educational needs.

The school is recognised as an environment where all pupils can receive education and support whatever their needs. Reducing the overall number of children at the school puts that care at risk.

This also affects Downs Junior School

The council is not consulting with our linked junior school but would consult with them in three years after the reduction has worked through the school.

To present this as a done deal to Downs Juniors is deceptive and does not respect the issues that a reduction in numbers would have on that school.

What can we do?

Act now to protect Downs Infants

The consultation ends on 27th November

  • Complete the consultation form

    The form is long, wordy and discouraging. But this is a strong way to show your support.

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  • Email, Phone, Write

    The school governors are putting together a robust response. But it cannot be left to them. We all need to make our voices heard. Encourage friends, past parents, future parents and friends to let the council know their views.

    Email 01273 293653

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  • Stop this

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