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FAQs about Arriving

Will my child get a place at Downlands School? The school aims to operate with spare capacity to meet demand from the camp so a place should be available for your child.

CLICK HERE - to access our latest Attendance Policy.

Children of UK service personnel

Dorset County Council wishes to recognise the Armed Forces Covenant which is a promise between the Government, the Nation and the Armed Forces. It’s there to make sure that the Armed Forces Community aren’t disadvantaged because of their service. The below outlines how best to apply for school places if you are a member of service personnel

New Starter applications

If you child’s date of birth is between 01.09.13 – 31.08.14 you need to apply for a school place for Sept 2018. The closing date for the first round was the 15th January however, there are several late rounds.

Currently living in Dorset?

Currently living in Dorset but have a confirmed address, posting/quartering order to another area?

  • You can apply directly to that area.
  • In order to do this you would need to supply a copy of your confirmed address, posing/quartering order with your application.

Currently living in Dorset, planning on moving but have no confirmed address?

  • You would need to apply to Dorsetvia www.dorsetforyou.com and preference schools in the area you are planning on moving to.Dorset admissions will send your application onto the admissions team who serve the area you are moving to.
  • Once you have a confirmed address, posting/ quartering order, if you supply Dorset School Admissions with this, we will forward this onto the correct admission team for that area. They will then take on your application and all correspondence will come from them.

Planning on moving in to Dorset?

  • If you have a confirmed address, posting/ quartering order apply directly to Dorset via Dorsetforyou.com and supply a copy of your confirmedDorsetaddress, posting/ quartering order with your application.
  • If you do not have a confirmed address, posting/ quartering order apply directly to your home authority and preference schools in theDorsetarea. Once you have confirmation of your new address, supply your home authority with this and they will pass this information onto us. All future correspondence will come from us.

What if I have already applied for Dorset schools before the 15th January 2018 but I have just received my posting/quartering order to move out of Dorset?

  • Providing that your posting/quartering order is received before the 15th January 2018 you can apply directly to that area and we will withdraw your Dorset application.
  • If your posting/quartering order is received after the 15th January you can apply directly to the area you are moving to, you would need to inform Dorset admissions that you would no longer wish to be considered for yourDorset preference. 

In Year application

If you child is due to join an already established year group (ie year 1) you would need to complete an in year Application.

If you are currently living in Dorset but are planning on moving areas?

  • You can apply directly to that area, using your Dorset address. If they are unable to offer you your chosen school places, you would need to confirm your new address before you are offered an alternative school.

Currently living in Dorset and you have a confirmed address, posting/quarting order?

  • Apply directly to your new area and supply them with a copy of your confirmation of your new address

Currently living out of Dorset but are planning on moving into Dorset?

  • You can apply directly to Dorset admissions, please supply us with a copy of your confirmed Dorset address.

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact Dorset School Admissions on 01305 221060

 

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Address

Downlands School
College Rd
Blandford Camp
Dorset DT11 8BG

School Tel: 01258 453348
Dandelions Tel: 01258 450624

Email:
office@downlandsschool.org
dandelions@downlandsschool.org

Headteachers
Mr Alan Frame
Mrs Susan Whitlock