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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.   Sadly, this year we will be unable to safely hold our Open Evening or Open Morning tours for prospective students and their families.

It would have been wonderful to have met you in person and introduce you to our school, our staff and, importantly, our students.

We have therefore created the following resources to help you make the right decision for your family.

  • Video including an introduction from the Headteacher and transition team.
  • A virtual tour of the school with student guides.
  • A frequently asked questions sheet that hopefully answers question you may have.

These will be uploaded to our website on Thursday 24th September.

We hope this offers a flavour of Downend school and helps make that all important choice for your child’s secondary education.

In addition we will set up a dedicated e-mail address/inbox for any specific questions shortly .

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


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 


Transition 2020-21 (for Students joining downend in September 2020)

As we were unable to hold our New Parents Transition Evening, below you will find a recording of the presentation that would have been delivered.  Also below is a copy of the presentation without narration for your reference. I hope you find this presentation useful and informative.
You will also be emailed a link that will take you to the virtual tour of the school that your child can watch.  
In addition to the resources we have provided, Young Minds have produced a video to support children moving to secondary school, this can be found here
We will confirm the details for September as soon as possible
Parents Evening 2020 (Audio)
Parents Evening 2020

Here you will find all the information relating to the transition of students from Y6 Primary School to Y7 at Downend School.  This will be updated throughout June and July so please come back to check for new information.

Downend School - A reading school

Transition Social Story

FAQ for Students

Meet the House and Pastoral Team

Transition Booklet

PSHE Overview Year 7

Please find below the data forms related to the letter sent to all Y6 parents in June.  Copies need to be returned to by 19th June.

Below are FAQ for parents and also SEN FAQs. Please send any queries or questions to our dedicated email address;

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