Downland School is a maintained community special school for students aged between 11 and 16 who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Educational Need (SSEN). In most cases the primary identified need is Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and behavioural difficulties, although the majority of students have additional special educational needs such as autistic spectrum condition, AD(H)D, speech, language and communication difficulties, opposition defiance and attachment disorders.
We offer 69 day placements for students referred from the local authority. Primarily our students come from Wiltshire, however, we have also educated young people from BANES, Somerset and Hampshire.
The school is situated on the southern edge of Devizes in beautiful countryside and opened in 1971. We are a happy, friendly and inclusive school. We are pleased to accommodate all students and we are proud of the achievements and progress that all our learners make. The staff team work as a cohesive multidisciplinary unit to overcome barriers to learning and to provide stability, consistency and the highest quality of education and care guidance to support students to make accelerated learning gains.
We promote the highest standards of educational achievement at all levels and provide a broad and balanced education experience, differentiated according to need. The success of the school is undoubtedly linked to the dedication of staff, engagement of parents/carers, our strong multiagency partnership work and our ability to motivate our learners to help them re-define their attitudes and approaches to learning.
We seek to ensure that, by the time our students 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.
Georgina Keily-Theobald - Headteacher
Paul Cooke - Chair of Governors