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We smashed our target!!

21st November 2023

Abi: School Business Manager

Macmillan Coffee Morning

A huge thank you to everyone involved in raising funds and awareness for our Macmillan Coffee Morning in October.

We raised an incredible £2,789 meaning we smashed our target of £2k as well as raising well over £1k more than last year.

We ran a number of events in the lead up to and during the day including a Downs View Bake Off, sponsored swimathon, Coffee Morning and playground opening…with our grand finale being the raffle.

We’re absolutely delighted to have smashed original target in that we’ve raised £2,789 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Raffle ticket sales made up over half of that amount – and that’s large down to the amazing prizes donated by local businesses, parents and carers.

So, a heartfelt thank you from all of us at Downs View School and Link College. We couldn’t have done it without you all.


On your marks…get set… bake!!!

20th October 2023

Abi: School Business Manager

Macmillan Coffee Morning

On the 20th October, we’re running a Macmillan Coffee morning to help raise funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support…and you’re all invited!

We have some amazing prizes in our raffle – a huge thank you to all our local businesses and friends that donated prizes.

Tickets are still on sale at £1 per ticket or £5 for a strip. Just contact Abi at the school at abihill@downsview.brighton-hove.sch.uk.

Prizes include: an iPad, fourball voucher at East Brighton Golf Club, £50 Amazon voucher, 2 tickets to show of your choice at Concorde 2, £30 Donatello voucher…and many more! See our poster below for the full list.

We’ve also set up a fundraising page with all proceeds going to Macmillan. Just click here to donate.

We’ll be running a series of events during the day and we’ll keep you posted by listing them here.

And, if you fancy baking something for the event, then please send it in to the school/college office on the morning of the 20th October. Don’t forget to please label clearly what they are and if they contain nuts, nuts products or other allergens. We’re looking for sweet, savoury, gluten free…you name it, just bake!

We’re looking to smash last year’s total of £1429 so we’re hoping as many of you as possible will want to be involved.

On that day, we’ll also be launching the new school playground that we had fitted over the summer, so please do come along to see it and enjoy a cuppa and a cake at the same time.

We’ll keep you posted!



Downs View Easter Fashion Parade
Spring/Summer Collection 2023

Chloe: Squirrels Class Teacher

Our first Downs View Fashion Show was an absolute success. It definitely competed with the catwalks of New York, London and Paris! The collections we debuted are priceless. You won’t see them anywhere else.

We spotted some Foxes bouncing along in Rabbit costume to the Easter Bunny Bop. They had some competition from Badgers who also debuted their Rabbit costume collection! It was tough call for judges to decide.

We saw some great Lambs and Chicks from Otters and Butterflies, cute enough to melt everyone’s hearts. Rabbits and Squirrels showcased Easter collections you will definitely want to be seen in.

We spied some phenomenal accessories from Hedgehogs and 3R. There were the cutest Easter baskets from Hedgehogs, comes with Spring coloured tissues paper. 3R’s bonnets were the hat to be seen in this year.

Bumblesbees, Owls and 3LS showcased the definition of Spring through daffodils and animals!

Thanks to expert judges Sophie, Diana and Cole. There some tough calls and in the end the only final decision they could come to, they were all winners!

Downs View World Book Day

Julia: 3J Class Teacher

What a blast we had on World Book Day this year! Both staff and pupils got into the swing of it and made, borrowed and bought a whole range of fantastic outfits. During the morning, Primary and Secondary classes joined up to read to each other and share book related activities; in the afternoon the fun really got started with the first fancy dress disco since covid

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