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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

Supporting Students

Year Groups

Key Stage 3 and 4 are organised into 4 houses, each with its own Head of House.   Within each year, a team of tutors has a responsibility for a group of students, a tutor group comprises of an average of 30 students.

The Tutor

The students tutor is the key adults in a students school life.  Wherever possible the tutor remains with their group for the extent of the students first 5 years at Downend School.  The tutor meets their students everyday and is responsible for registering and monitoring attendance and delivering a programme of personal and social education.

The tutor is the first point of contact within the school for most issues.  The tutors develop quickly an in-depth understanding of the students in their care.

Student Services

We have a dedicated team for student support at Downend.  The team is lead by the Student Centre Manager, and overseen by the Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion.  Any questions your child may have, or anything they might need to know the Student Support Centre can help them or point them in the right direction.

The Student Support Centre's direct number is 01454 862339.

The Student Support Centre has access to many support services; therefore we encourage our young people to talk to them if they have any worries or concerns.

First Aid

The medical room is manned throughout the school day by a qualified first aider and is situated in the Student Support Centre.

If your child is ill or injured in school you will be notified by a member of staff and asked to collect them if deemed necessary.  Please report to the schools main reception to collect your child.

It is essential that your contact details are up to date on our database SIMs, so please inform the school if there are any changes.

If you need to discuss any specific medical need of have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to email the school at  or telephone 01454 862300 and our first aider will be happy to assist you.