Downlands Community School

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Blandford Camp
Blandford Forum
DT11 8BG
01258453348
Pupils
241
Ages
2 - 11
Gender
Mixed
Type
Community school
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(3/10/17)
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55%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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This is an average-size primary school. The school is situated in an armed services camp which specialises in running training courses for members of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Consequently, service families live in the camp for relatively short periods of time. This results in very high pupil mobility rates. Approximately a third of pupils enter or leave the school throughout the year, in addition to the expected number of pupils entering and leaving in Reception and Year 6. Children entering the Early Years Foundation Stage are organised in two Reception classes. The government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress, were met by the school in 2012. A pre-school operates from the school site. This is not run by the school’s governing body and is subject to a separate inspection. The high mobility rate means that the characteristics of the school population can change very quickly. The judgements below, about the school population, are for the academic year ending in July 2012. The vast majority of pupils are known to be eligible for the pupil premium which provides additional funding for pupils eligible for free school meals, looked after children and pupils from service families. Last year, there were three pupils believed to be entitled to free school meals; currently there are none. There were no looked after children in Year 6 in 2012. The majority of pupils come from a predominantly White British background. The next largest minority ethnic group consists of pupils who are of Nepalese heritage, of Gurkha families. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is below average. There is a well above average proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The main needs of these pupils relate to speech, language and communication needs.

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