Independent / Local Schools

By SPP Reporter

Independent Schools

Details of some private and independent boarding and day schools can be found in the Blandford and West Moors Service Community Guide


Enquiries about admissions should be addressed to the appropriate Head Teacher or to the Personal Services Officer, Education Department, County Hall, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ. Tel: Dorchester 01305 224405.

, Blandford Schools Local

The LEA Schools in the Dorset Area are organised along the comprehensive lines. A child will attend Primary School from 5-9 years, a Middle School from 9-13 years and Upper School up to and including the Sixth Form.

County Primary School Downlands

Blandford Camp, Blandford DT11 8BG Tel: Blandford 453348.

: 5-11 years. RangeAge

The school caters for 250 pupils who live in the catchment area of Blandford Camp.

The school has very good facilities with large classrooms, hall, computer suite, music room and extensive grounds. The school is funded and controlled by the Local Education Authority. The LEA recognises the needs of children from Service families. It has good Special Needs provision.

Further enquiries may be obtained from the School Secretary on Tel: 01258 453348 or Mil: 2513.

Milldown CE VC Primary School

The Milldown, Blandford Forum Tel: Blandford 452456.

: 4-11 years. Milldown moved to our brand new building in May 2009, designed with input from staff, pupils and parents. We cater for 210 pupils, organised into seven discrete year group classes. (Ofsted 2009 graded Good). RangeAge

Contact the school for further details and a prospectus.

Church of England VC Primary School Pimperne

School Lane, Pimperne, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8UG Tel: 01258 452025.



facilities, including an ICT suite, pastoral care and embraces the creative curriculum.for children aged 4-11 years and has a friendly dedicate staff. The school has good welcomes service children to its warm and friendly environment. It offers small class numbers: maximum of 25, in single year groupsPrimary SchoolPimperne

It offers a wide range of extra curricular activities including childcare from 0800-1800 hrs.

Our 2011 Ofsted said we were a ‘good school’ with outstanding facilities especially in our care, guidance and support of the children and early years. Our results at the end of year 6 are well above National and our children make good progress. We encourage you to come and visit us.

Wake CE VA Primary School Archbishop

, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8SW Tel: 01258 453120Black Lane

: 4-11 years. RangeAge



welcomes all children to be part of our happy, friendly, learning community. Purpose built in 2008, our beautiful building provides excellent facilities for all of our pupils. We are fortunate to have a 30 computer ICT suite, a music room, interactive whiteboards and mobile ICT options in all classrooms, a large hall and library. All this, along with our extensive grounds, enables us to provide a rich, varied and exciting curriculum. We are proud of our provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and disabilities and believe that all children have the right to a high quality education where they are fully included in all aspects of school life and supported to make as much progress as possible. Our own Breakfast Club and the on-site Children’s Centre provide facilities for children from 0800-1800 hrs every day during term-time. Visits to the school are welcomed and very much encouraged. Wake CE VA Primary SchoolArchbishop

Spetisbury CE VA Primary School

is a traditional Church of England village primary school set in impressive grounds backing on to a trailway along which we take our children for nature walks. We are just over 2 miles outside of Blandford along the A350 and are fortunate to have a children’s breakfast, after-school and holiday club on site. Spetisbury School has 7 spacious classrooms accommodating an average of 22 children per class in separate year groups.Primary SchoolSpetisbury

Each class has a dedicated Teaching Assistants supporting the Class Teacher in providing the children a challenging, fulfilling and exciting learning environment.

Contact us to arrange an informal visit on 01258 452107

Blandford School

, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7SQ Tel: 01258 451121.Milldown Road, The Blandford School

The school provides quality education for pupils from the age of 11-18 years. It serves Blandford, the surrounding villages and Blandford Camp. The school has a range of GCSE and Vocational courses in the lower school. The Sixth Form is well established with an extensive range of AS and A2 courses and a number of vocational courses.

There are a rich variety of extra-curricular activities available to all pupils. Our accommodation, facilities and resources have all been improved over the last 5 years. We have state of the art accommodation, and our Head teacher is happy to give you a tour of the school at any time. Please take a look at our website:

Downlands Dandelions Pre-school. Nursery and Out of School Club

Granted "outstanding" by Ofsted May 2016

At Dandelions Nursery, Pre-school and Out of School Club we are committed to providing the highest quality care and education in a secure and happy environment at affordable prices.

To us every child is a very special individual, with his or her own particular characteristics, needs and wants. For many, coming to nursery or pre-school will be the first time they have been apart from their parents or main carers and it is our aim to make this transition a happy and fulfilling one. It is the first step on the road to life-long education and it is vital that it is seen as safe and exciting so that the children will begin to develop a thirst for learning.

All the staff work very closely as a team, caring for each other as well as for the children. We are also committed to developing positive relationships with the families of all the children who come to our Nursery, Pre-School and Out of School Club.

Opening times

Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00 hrs

Telephone: 01258 450624



Pimperne Church of England VC Primary School

Newfield Road, Pimperne,

Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8WF

Tel: 01258 452025

Pimperne Primary School welcomes service children to its warm and friendly environment. Our current class sizes vary from 20-30 for children aged 4-11 years. You will find our staff personable, friendly and dedicated.

The school has good facilities, including portable ICT learning, pastoral care and embraces the creative curriculum. It offers a wide range of extra curricular activities including childcare from 0745-1800 hrs. We are really looking forward to the completion of our brand new school, building work is now underway.

Our 2011 Ofsted said we were a ‘good school’ with outstanding facilities especially in our care, guidance and support of the children and early years. Our results at the end of year 6 are well above national attainment levels and our children make good progress. We encourage you to come and visit us.

Millfield School (ages 2-18)

Sited in 300 acres of grounds, Millfield is a vibrant community offering world-class facilities, pioneering learning support and an excellent staff:pupil ratio that ensures every child gets individual attention.

The schools compete in regional and national competitions in many sports, games and academic events and there is an extensive programme of extra-curricular and weekend activities on offer.

The superb facilities include: equestrian centres, music schools, 25m and 50m swimming pools, golf courses, and an indoor tennis centre.

The boarding houses have been recognised as impressive, with experienced and caring houseparents and staff. Millfield is a popular school for Forces families, offering an extensive programme of fun extra-curricular and weekend activities.

Scholarship details are available on request.

For further information contact:

Preparatory School Millfield

(ages 2-13)

, BA6 8LDGlastonbury

Tel: 01458 832446


Millfield Senior School

(ages 13-18)

, BA16 OYDStreet

Tel: 01458 442291


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