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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

Admissions from Year 6

We feel it is important that parents and carers make an informed decision about which school they would prefer their child(ren) to attend and feel there is no substitute for visiting any school you are considering.  Downend School hold an Open Evening in September each year and we encourage you to attend if your child is in year 6.  This event is often incredibly busy and many families wish to visit in smaller groups and at a time the school is in operation;  we therefore offer group sessions every weekday morning following the Open Evening until the October half term.  You can sign up for a group  tour during Open Evening or if you are unable to attend by telephoning reception on 01454 862300 after the event.

If your child is starting school for the first time in September or transferring from Year 6 primary school to Year 7 Secondary school, you will need to fill in an application form which can be found at the back of the admissions to school booklet.  The closing date for the application is normally mid October the year before they are due to start.

The information contained in the booklet are intended to help you through the initial stages of the process.  You will find the booklet in the contents of the website below:

Admission to Secondary Schools in South Gloucestershire Council

Once the local authority have offered your child(ren) a place at Downend School, you will receive a letter from us explaining the transition stage.  You will be invited to attend a transition evening; which will be followed by a transition day for your child(ren).  Please click on the links below for copies of the paperwork you will need to complete/read prior to your child starting at school.

Home/School Agreement

Biometrics Opt-In Form

Making schools better places for learning questionnaire

Tell us about your child

CSET Privacy Notice


Astro Uniform Information

Uniform suppliers information

Music Tuition letter

Transition Evening

We are always so pleased to meet so many parents on our transition evening.  Thank you for taking the time to visit the school and meet your child's tutor.  If you were unable to make it or would like to access the information again, please click the links below to access the PowerPoint and the literacy information

Transition PowerPoint

Downend 'A Reading School'

Summer Reading Challenge


in-year admissions (applications during the school year)

If you have moved to the local ares during the school year or already live in South Gloucestershire and wish to move your child to a different school, please contact Downend School on 01454 862300 or email

More information for in-year applications within South Gloucestershire Local Authority area is available at:

South Gloucestershire - Secondary School Admissions