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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 student absence please email or call 01454 862395 with your child's name, tutor group and reason for absence



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  • Monday 20 March 2023 Year 11 Parents' Evening - 30th March Y11 Parents Evening (2) – Thursday, 30 March 2023, 4.00pm – 7.00pm You are warmly invited to our Year 11 Parent Consultation Evening on Thursday, 30 March from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. This evening offers you the chance to meet your child’s teachers and discuss their progress and the results of their mock examinations. It is essential for the students to be involved in the discussions to enable us to work together to fully maximise their success in the future.
  • Thursday 16 March 2023 Parent/Carer Newsletter 17/03/23 This week’s newsletter includes some updates on different areas and activities in school, including the Dyslexia-Friendly Library, the Student Wellbeing Club and some information about Ramadan.
  • Thursday 2 March 2023 Strike Day Learning You will of course be aware that the largest teachers’ union, the NEU, have voted to strike over pay and conditions in England and Wales on several dates across February and March. The majority of our teaching staff are members of the NEU. For that reason, we have provided some suggestions on the link below for ways students can continue their learning during the strike days.
  • Friday 24 February 2023 Parent Newsletter 24th February 2023 Please find attached this weeks newsletter, which includes a messgae from our Chair of Community Council regarding the exciting appointment of the new Headteacher as well as details regarding the industrial action due to take place next Thursday.
  • Friday 10 February 2023 End of Term 3 Newsletter Please find attached the end of term newsletter, which celebrates all of our wonderful events and achievements this term. You will also find details in the newsletter of how to donate to our charitable collection to support victims of the Turkey-Syria Earthquake.
  • Wednesday 8 February 2023 Year 7 Parents' Evening Thursday 23 February 2023, 4.00pm - 7.00pm You are warmly invited to our Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Thursday 23 February. Appointments for this evening will be carried out via video call. The evening offers you the chance to speak to your child’s teachers to discuss their progress and any questions you may have relating to their learning. We ask that students are involved in the discussions with you to enable us to work together to fully maximise their success in the future.
  • Monday 6 February 2023 Safer Internet Day 8th February 2023 is Safer Internet Day. We recognise the importance of helping educate our young people around how to be safe online and how to report concerns they may have. Students will be receiving assemblies this week on the importance of keeping themselves safe online. To support parents and guardians, here is a link to 'top tips' with regards to supporting your child with their online usage, which includes how to approach conversations with your child. Also attached is a list of organisations and resources for parents
  • Thursday 2 February 2023 Year 9 Parents' Evening You are warmly invited to our online Year 9 Parent Consultation Evening on Thursday, 9th February from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. This evening offers you the chance to speak to your child’s teachers and discuss their progress and any questions you may have relating to guided choices. Please see the link on the attached letter to make your appointments.
  • Friday 20 January 2023 Parent/Carer Newsletter - 20/01/23 Please see this week's parent/carer newsletter on the following link.
  • Thursday 12 January 2023 Year 9 Guided Choices If your daughter/son is currently in year 9, they will be approaching one of the most important stages of their school career. She/he will be able to make choices about which subjects to study in Year 10 from September. The school is supporting students in various ways as they make their decisions, to help their choices to be informed ones. We would like all parents to play an active part in this process, and therefore invite you to attend two forthcoming events.
  • Thursday 12 January 2023 Reporting your child's absence At present, the vast majority of parents call in to school to let us know if their child is unwell. These communications are extremely important so that we know where your child is and how long she or he is likely to be absent from school. The school will contact you if we have not had any message from you by 10.00am.
  • Wednesday 4 January 2023 Year 10 Parents Evening - 12th January You are warmly invited to our online Year 10 Subject Parents Evening on Thursday 12th January 2023. Please see the link to the invitation letter for more details: Y10 Parents Evening Letter
  • Thursday 15 December 2022 Parent/Carer Newsletter: End of Term 2 Celebration Please click on the link below for the final newsletter of 2022, which gives you a flavour of lots of the brilliant things that have been happening at Downend this term. There is also some information regarding next term's clubs and some advice about keeping safe in the cold weather.
  • Friday 2 December 2022 Parent Newsletter 02.12.2022 Please CLICK HERE for this week's parent newsletter, which outlines the end of term events and arrangements.
  • Monday 21 November 2022 Year 11 Parents' Evening - 8th December You are warmly invited to our online Year 11 Parent Consultation Evening on Thursday, 8 December from 4.00pm to 7.00pm.
  • Wednesday 16 November 2022 GCSE & A LEVEL ARTWORK & PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION Date/Time 3.30pm to 6.15 pm TODAY Thursday 17th November 2022
  • Wednesday 16 November 2022 PTFA Christmas Fayre Good afternoon, Downend School PTFA is pleased to share with you our Christmas Craft Fayre brochure, Click Here, where you will find a list of all the amazing crafters that are attending the Fayre and a list of the very generous raffle prizes that have been donated. If you are able to help out at the fayre for an hour, we would be very appreciative, please click on the link below. you are not able to attend the Fayre but would like some raffle tickets, they will be on sale the week before in school. Tickets are 50p each or 5 for £2. They will be on sale in the Science computer room, please bring/send in the correct cash. For parents and carers wishing to purchase tickets, please also send in a name and contact number you wish to go on the ticket.
  • Friday 11 November 2022 Parental Newsletter Pastoral Care Edition Please Click Here for this week's Parent Newsletter, which focuses on the pastoral care that we offer your children. Towards the end of the newsletter is a reminder of how you can support us with attendance, behaviour and uniform expectations.
  • Tuesday 25 October 2022 Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Downend School As you are aware the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is highly valued and very successful here at Downend School.
  • Thursday 20 October 2022 Parent/Carer Newsletter 20.10.2022 Please Click Here for this weeks Parent/Carer Newsletter.
  • Friday 30 September 2022 Parent/Carer Newsletter 30.09.2022 Please CLICK HERE for this weeks Parent/Carer Newsletter.
  • Tuesday 27 September 2022 SGS OPEN EVENTS Please click here for details of the SGS Open Events for Year 11's detailed subject information can be found by clicking here
  • Wednesday 21 September 2022 Year 7 Tutor Evening - 29th September 2022 Please CLICK HERE for detailed information regarding the Year 7 Tutor Evening
  • Friday 16 September 2022 Parent/Carer Newsletter 16.09.2022 Please CLICK HERE for this weeks Parent/Carer Newsletter
  • Friday 9 September 2022 Parnet/Carer Newsletter - 09.09.2022 Please click CLICK HERE for our first bulletin of the accademic year.
  • Thursday 25 August 2022 GCSE Results We are absolutely delighted with the excellent performance of our students in their first set of external examinations since 2019. These young people have shown extraordinary determination despite an extremely difficult set of circumstances in the latter part of their secondary education and we could not be prouder of their achievements. We congratulate them all and thank their parents, teachers and other school staff for all the ways they have helped our students.
  • Thursday 18 August 2022 A Level Results
  • Friday 29 July 2022 Internet Safety During the Holidays Please CLICK HERE for advice on internet safety during the holidays.
  • Thursday 21 July 2022 Parent/Carer Newsletter - 21.7.2022 Hello, please CLICK HERE for our last bulletin of the year.
  • Friday 15 July 2022 Hot Weather Advice Please Click Here for our advice regarding the Hot Weather.
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