We believe our school is a happy, caring and safe place, where our pupils and our staff can achieve their full potential.  All members of the school community show respect and understanding for each other while celebrating diversity.  We ensure that children are offered challenging tasks within a climate where risk-taking is encouraged.  We foster pride in individuals, our school environment and its wealth of resources.


We are proud to have achieved the UNICEF Level 2 Rights Respecting School Award. We ensure our school plays an active part of the communities we belong to and make the communities we belong to play an active role in school. We work in partnership with other services on camp to provide the best service possible to the community eg. SSAFA, Army Welfare. We are an active member of The Blandford Schools’ Network and have many links with communities in the town of Blandford. We want to provide an education that embraces and celebrates multicultural life inside a military community.


Our school environment is inclusive, visually stimulating and safe and secure for all members of the school community.  We create a stimulating and happy environment where achievement, mutual respect and self-esteem are valued.  We ensure that both our indoor and outdoor learning maximises motivation, independence, enjoyment and challenge.


Our school has high quality learning and teaching and positive leadership. We encourage, listen and consider ideas embracing constructive criticism.  We value all who work within the school and the wider community.  We invest in the development of staff.  We are forward thinking in our approach and maintain a positive team spirit; encouraging empowerment.


Our children learn and achieve high standards through a broad and balanced curriculum. It offers unique experiences inspired by events.  It offers motivation and challenges and is delivered in creative ways and take account of the context of the school. We want our children to develop a thirst for learning and to encourage them to become independent in their learning.


At Downlands Community Primary we are committed to safeguarding children. Safeguarding is seen as something that is the responsibility of everyone in school: staff, Governors, volunteers and even children. The designated safeguarding lead is Mr James Rielly (Headteacher).

The deputy safeguarding leads are Mrs Christine Goodall, Miss Marcelle Hoare and Tania Williams. For further advice and policy documents, please refer to our Keeping Children Safe page.

Downlands School
College Rd
Blandford Camp
Dorset DT11 8BG

Tel: 01258 453348

Dandelions Pre-School

Tel: 01258 489914

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