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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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To report a child's absence for years 7-11 please email or call 01454 862395.  For 6th Form please call 01454 862333.  

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a highly regarded national scheme. It is open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 24 and offers participants the opportunity to become involved in lots of exciting activities. The Award comprises of four sections:

  • Volunteering
  • Skill
  • Physical 
  • Expedition. 

There are three levels of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The award aims to encourage participants to learn new skills, improve themselves and their community. Furthermore it will challenge young people and take them out of their comfort zone. 

On completion of the award, participants receive a certificate which is highly regarded by both employers and further education providers. 

Mr. Ashworth is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager here at Downend and we work with BXMoutdoors as our training partners to provide all the training and support for the expedition. Participants complete practice expeditions and training sessions to ensure they are ready for their self-supported adventure. They must plan, walk and navigate a route, as well as demonstrating good camp-craft skills.

For further information on the Award, please see the official Duke of Edinburgh's Award website at

For further information on delivery partner BXM please see their website

Any further questions please email  Mr. Ashworth

Duke of Edinburgh Launch Letter