R.F. Downey Public School officially opened its doors on May 8th during the Centennial year of 1967. The school is named after Roscoe Frederick Downey who served the area of Peterborough as teacher, principal, inspector and educational counsellor. The community surrounding the school is both urban and rural, with approximately a third of the students travelling by bus. The school is within walking distance of The Portage Place Mall in the northwest part of the City of Peterborough.
R.F. Downey has a dedicated and enthusiastic group of teachers and support staff who provide our 250 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 with an outstanding education. A Principal, a secretary, fifteen teachers, 2 Early Childhood Educators, ten support staff and two caretakers make a difference in the lives of our students each day. R.F. Downey offers a wide variety of curricular and extra curricular activities to help prepare students for life-long learning. Sports teams, clubs, choirs, drama, play days, et cetera complement the curriculum. Students are continually encouraged to be their best in every endeavour. The staff and students of R.F. Downey are fortunate to have an extremely active and supportive School Council. This group provides financial and moral support to the various projects at the school. The staff, students and parents of R.F. Downey are very proud of their school.