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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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  • Year 6 Parents/Carers - Our Open Evening is Thursday 22nd September, please visit our Open Events page under 'About Us' for further details. 

Castle Consortium School Direct

Castle Consortium is a group of schools in South Gloucestershire, close to the city of Bristol.  We include The Castle School in Thornbury, Downend School in Bristol, Marlwood School in Alveston and Chipping Sodbury School in Chipping Sodbury.

Castle Consortium is working with the University of Bristol in running a new model of Teacher Training: this will be delivered under the ‘School Direct’ programme. This programme blends the best of school-based teacher training with training support from the University of Bristol, long time ‘Outstanding’ (Ofsted) providers in the field of initial teacher training. Students on this programme will be awarded PGCE and QTS at the end of the training year, with the possibility of being employed by one of four schools (The Castle, Downend, Chipping Sodbury or Marlwood) the following year.

In particular, a placement with the Castle Consortium will involve you in:

  • guaranteed training at one of our highly successful and fully comprehensive schools, with immersion in classes aged 11 to 18
  • the second placement in a suburban/rural linked school
  • the opportunity of an arranged placement at a linked primary school
  • full student status at the University of Bristol which in turn gives access to facilities, full access to the 10 libraries including the Education library located in the Graduate School of Education and all the on-line services, University e-mail, access to on-Line Learning Environments, University Union, access to the University Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, student Societies and many more.
  • a wide range of educational experiences: high academic success, expertise in SEND, a vast range of musical and sporting extra-curricular opportunities and more.
  • a guaranteed job interview, provided we have a vacancy within our consortium and you are on track to complete the programme successfully

We have unsalaried places for September 2016 in Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics, MFL (French) and History. You can find  more information on our courses on the  UCAS website.

Information on our partner schools can be found on their own websites:

Chipping Sodbury School:

Marlwood School:

The Castle School:

Mangotsfield School:

At Downend we have high expectations of all our students. We expect them to reflect this in their appearance, attitudes and behaviour. We are shaping the citizens of the future, and encourage our students to be honest, fair and just in their dealings with each other and those in the world around them. We want every student at Downend to have a sense of pride in belonging to our school community.