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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 for potential 2021/22 students

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 (please click the links).

In addition we are in the process of setting up a dedicated e-mail address/inbox for any specific questions .

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

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.  The deadline for secondary school applications is 31st October 2020. 

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