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"Castle School Education Trust is committed to high quality education across the primary, secondary and sixth form key stages. Our schools cover the South Gloucestershire area. We encourage independence within each school within a strong framework of values."

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  • Open Evening will take place on Thursday 19th September 5:45-8:00pm.  Headteacher talks will take place at 5:45pm, 6:30pm and 7:15pm.  Open mornings will run from Monday 23rd September until Thursday 24th October 9-10:30am, you can book appointments during Open Evening

English, Languages & Humanities

English is studied by all students in Years 7-11. There is a strong emphasis on core skills such as reading and writing.

Please CLICK HERE to access the recommended reading list for Years 7 and 8.

From Year 10,  students follow separate GCSE courses in English Language and English Literature.

Students in Years 7 to 9 study French, with the more able linguists adopting a second language - German - from Year 8.  Many students participate in overseas visits and exchanges to develop their practical language skills. Languages can be studied through to A-level. 

History, Geography and RS are studied by all students in Years 7-9 and are very popular options at GCSE and A-level. Students develop an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as citizens through educational visits which enhance their understanding of the world around them.

Downend offers a wide range of Applied Learning courses to students in Years 10-13. Business is a popular option at GCSE/A-level, and a number of students follow social science courses including Health and Social Care and A-level Psychology and Sociology.