Aspire, Achieve and Thrive

Welcome from the Headteacher

Downland School is a maintained community special school for pupils aged between 10 and 16 who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The school serves a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) including; Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC); Attention Deficit, (Hyperactivity) Disorder AD(H)D; Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN); Opposition Defiance Disorder (ODD) and Attachment/Conduct disorders. We are a co-educational school and offer 90 day placements for pupils referred from a range of local authorities. Primarily our pupils come from Wiltshire, however, we have also educated pupils from BANES, Bristol, Hampshire and Somerset.

The school is situated on the southern edge of Devizes and opened in 1971 as a residential school for 44 boys. Over the last eight years we have seen the school grow from 69 places for boys to become a co-educational setting for 90 ‘day place’ pupils. We are a happy, friendly and inclusive school offering a broad and balanced curriculum from year 6 to year 11. We are pleased to accommodate pupils with varying aptitudes and abilities and are proud of the achievements and progress that all the pupils make.

Our staff work as a cohesive multidisciplinary team to ensure our pupils overcome their individual barriers to learning. They work tirelessly to support pupils re-engage with education, often after prolonged challenges in their previous schools. We endeavour to provide stability, consistency and the highest quality of education, care, guidance and support ensuring pupils make accelerated gains academically, socially and emotionally.

We promote the highest standards of educational achievement at all levels and provide a broad and balanced education experience, personalised according to need. The success of the school is undoubtedly linked to the dedication of staff, engagement of parents/carers, our strong multi-agency partnership work and our ability to motivate our pupils to help them re-define their attitudes and approaches to learning.

We seek to ensure that, by the time our pupils leave us, they emerge as self-confident individuals able to manage their own learning, equipped with the skills and competencies to successfully take the next steps in their lives.

Our mission statement is Aspire, Achieve and Thrive.

Mrs Georgina Keily-Theobald