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Due to unforeseen circumstances school will be closed on Friday 21st January 2022... Please visit the "Latest News" section for a statement from Dr Gifford... School will reopen on Monday 24th January 2022... After school activities start on Monday 17th January, sessions start at 3:20pm & finish at 4:20pm, pick up children from the Key Stage 2 gate... Breakfast Club and after School Forest club are now open to all children. Please contact the school office for more information.

Race Equality Pledge


Race Equality at Downderry



Downderry Primary School sits within the ward of Downham, where 46.5% of residents are from Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. This is reflected in the diverse pupil population, which comprises over 21 different ethnic groups. The school has no religious affiliation, with all cultures represented within the school celebrated.


Downderry is opposed to all forms of prejudice and we recognise that children and young people who experience any form of prejudice related discrimination may fair less well in the education system.  We are committed to standing against racism and injustice and alongside and in solidarity with all members of the community we serve.


We welcome our duties under the Equality Act and the combined equality duty. We understand the principal of the act and the work needed to ensure that those with protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are given equality of opportunity.


We are committed to closing the attainment gap for all underachieving groups, enabling all children to achieve their full potential. In doing so we support Lewisham’s Embedding Race Equality Pledge, to embed race equality and address Black Caribbean heritage and Black and Minority Ethnic under achievement across the borough of Lewisham.




Embedding Race Equality - Pledge



We are expecting all Lewisham schools to publicly sign up to a pledge to Embed Race Equality and address Black Caribbean heritage and Black and Minority Ethnic under achievement.


This will entail a commitment to:

  • Targeting ambitious outcomes for Black Caribbean heritage and Black and Minority Ethnic pupils.
  • Reducing exclusions of Black Caribbean heritage pupils at all ages.
  • Leaders and governors taking a whole school approach to embedding race equality.
  • Transparent reporting and sharing of borough wide data trends.
  • Working together in new ways and sharing good practice to embed race equality in our school cultures and curriculum.
  • Actively developing high quality relationships with Black Caribbean heritage and Black and Minority Ethnic pupils and their parents. 
  • Improving Black representation in school leadership and governing bodies
  • Lewisham schools holding each other to account. Lewisham Learning and Lewisham Council will internally support and challenge, including reporting annually to the Council, on the progress that is being made across Lewisham.