Aspire, Achieve and Thrive

Aims & Ethos/Statement of Purpose

Downland School is a Wiltshire LA Community Day Special School for secondary aged pupils who have a range of additional needs including behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.


The ethos of the school is centred around the needs of the individual, the overall aim being to provide each pupil with the highest standards of teaching, learning and care. Within our educational community much emphasis is placed upon warmth, security, support, consistency, honesty, respect, guidance and encouragement. It is our intention that the pupils in our school will benefit from the positive relationships we can offer through the role models they work with.

The main priorities of our staff are to consistently meet the educational, social, emotional and physical needs of each pupil. We aim to prepare and equip these young people with the appropriate educational, social and practical skills that are essential for success within today’s ever-changing society.

At Downland, pupils learn a broad range of GCSE subjects, designed to challenge and develop their skill sets. In addition, we provide an extensive and varied activity programme after school in the Spring and Summer terms to enhance the learning of pupils and offer additional extra-curricular experiences. Our range of active outdoor pursuits and sports provide our pupils with the chance to experience new challenges and gives them the opportunity for enhancing their social skills of discipline and team work.