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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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Useful Links

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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.  

Reading for Pleasure

As part of our pledge to Keep Downend Reading, please use the following links to access a number of pdf copies of texts and Downend teachers reading them aloud. These are suitable for all year groups and can supplement the school work that they have been set by their teachers.
These can be used in addition to the texts that your child has posted in their Accelerated Reader Google Classroom. Some ideas for their use include:

short stories 

The Tell Tale Heart - Audible  Story

The Tel Tale Heart - Text

The Highwayman - Audible Story

The Highwayman - Text

The Raven - Audible Story

The Raven - Text

The Landlady - Audible Story

The Landlady - Text

Skellig - Chapters 1-4 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 5-8 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 9-12 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 13-16 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 17-20 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 21-24 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 25-28 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 29-32 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 33-36 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 37-41 - Audible

Skellig - Chapters 42-46 - Audible

Skellig - Text Link 



7 top tips for reading

7 Top Tips for Reading


click and collect 

In order to ensure that everyone has access to their own book as well we will be providing a click and collect service from the library. Over the next week students can follow the instructions below to order a book. 

Please make your book reservations by Friday 22nd January. The books will be available for collection by parents from Wednesday 27th January.  

  1. Click this link: or download the free mobile app by searching:

  • Apple devices search “Capita Reading Cloud”

  • Android devices search “iMLS Student”

  1. To login enter your username and password as described below:

  • Username is your school email address e.g:

  • Password is your date of birth formatted as follows:   DDMMYYYY

  1. To find a good book you can use the search box to search by title, author or genre.  Alternatively you can browse by top ten, recommended or newly added.

  1. From the list of books, click on the book you would like to borrow and click "RESERVE" (or if using the mobile app click the "tick" symbol)

Please note: If you cannot reserve the book it is probably out on loan to someone else so please select an alternative. If you are having trouble logging in please email Mrs Bromley using with any queries and she will be happy to help

Various children's book festivals have come together to bring you a  collaboration of amazing book festivals from the UK and internationally. The following link will take you to an amazing schools and family programme, all free and available for everyone, everywhere. Access this by using the promo code FREEMAGICBCLF. This code will give you free access until the end of the lockdown - the discount will be applied at checkout. 

 Reading For Pleasure

Fiction Books

Non Fiction Books