Downlands School


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.

Downlands School


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Dear Parents

We are very pleased to welcome you and your family to Downlands School.

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 2 to 11 and offer a range of experiences for your child.

We welcome parents into the school, believing that positive interaction between teachers and parents benefits the children. Confidence in a school comes from knowing and understanding what is happening within it. We hope you will extend your knowledge through contact and discussion with members of the staff and myself and take advantage of the occasions for consultation. It is important that mutual understanding and trust should be the basis of our shared responsibility.

Downlands School has a friendly, family atmosphere and an open door policy. We aim to be at the heart of our community and to prepare our pupils to become confident & responsible adults. Our staff are committed to providing the best possible education for every individual child and encourage an enthusiastic desire for learning.

We look forward to meeting you and to showing you the opportunities and facilities that Downlands Community School has to offer.

All suggestions put forward to the Governors are considered so please let us know your views either by Email to the school office (

If you have any queries please contact Dawn Emerson or Dawn Rogers in the school office who will be more than happy to help.

James Rielly   Headteacher


Jeremy Osborne  Chair of Governors

Downlands School
College Rd
Blandford Camp
Dorset DT11 8BG

Tel: 01258 453348

Dandelions Pre-School

Tel: 01258 489914

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Headteacher & Safeguarding Lead
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Downlands Community School