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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. 

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 student's tutor is the key adult in a student's school life.  Wherever possible the tutor remains with their group for the extent of the student's 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.