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Backwell School

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About us

Backwell School is a large, vibrant, very popular mixed comprehensive school situated in Backwell, North Somerset, about 6 miles south of Bristol.

The School has an admission level of 270 in Year 7; however in 2015 and 2016 the school has taken 300 students due to parental demand. Our catchment area is largely made up of the villages of Flax Bourton, Backwell, Cleeve, Claverham and Yatton. There is always a high demand for places from families outside the catchment area, including Bristol and Nailsea, and the school is oversubscribed.

Currently there are just over 1700 students on roll of whom 350 are in the Sixth Form.

In November 2008 and again in 2013 both the school and the Sixth Form were rated as "outstanding" following Ofsted inspections. The school is strong in all areas of the formal curriculum and offers students a wide range of enrichment opportunities. Most students in Years 10 and 11 take courses leading to GCSE examinations in at least nine subjects - English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and others chosen from a wide range. In addition all students take PE and SMSC. A tutor time programme is in place providing PSHE information and discussion for students across the school.

There are a wide range of A Level subjects on offer in the Sixth Form as well as the Extended Project Qualification and a number of Cambridge Technical Diplomas. A skills-based "breakout" curriculum is in operation in Year 7, replacing 10% of traditional curriculum time. Students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of Extended School Activities, including sport, the arts, exam courses, and learning extension and support opportunities. Participation levels in these activities are very high.


Safeguarding Recruitment Statement

Backwell Community School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

Awards Gallery

  • Award

    Ofsted Outstanding 2008-2009

  • Award

    International School Award 2009-2012

  • Award

    National Teaching School

  • Award

    Ofsted Outstanding 2012-2013

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Academy Details

Backwell School
Station Road
North Somerset
BS48 3BX

Phase: Academies
No. of Pupils: 1700