Downlands Community School

We Care • We Share • We Believe • We Achieve


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.


Before & After School Care

Social and Emotional Support

Forest School Project - Coming Soon

Cool Milk

Freshly Cooked School Lunch

About Us

Our school is in the heart of Blandford Camp, enjoying an extremely safe and friendly environment for the children and extensive grounds for sports and playtime.

Our unique situation means that many of our pupils change schools frequently and ensuring that every child settles in quickly and happily, both educationally and socially, is a high priority.

We are a friendly primary school catering for children aged 3 to 11 and offer a range of experiences for your child.

Downlands has risen to the challenge and my child has attended PCP and home learning. I feel the impact of this lockdown is minimal to him both emotionally and academically. He is happy and the school plays a large role in this.


Having spent last year’s lockdown at a different school, this is our first experience of lockdown at Downlands and I would like to applaud you all! My child is never stressed by the work as it is perfectly balanced and engaging and the amount of face to face contact is superb.
Every piece of work handed in receives a comment full of positivity and encouragement. Thank you, Downlands.


I like the school because the teachers are very nice to me and caring. I also love school because it’s got a sports court, a climbing frame and a pond and its just really fun. I also like it because we’ve got a really nice ELSA teacher that looks after us and sorts out our problems. The children are really nice and our headteacher is sporty and he is really kind as well.


Curriculum links coming soon





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