Welcome to Backwell School!  

Backwell School has established over many years a reputation as one of Britain's best performing comprehensive schools at GCSE and A Level. Year on year our students do achieve very highly - in exams, on the sports field, in the Arts and in local and national arenas.  In its last two inspections in 2008, and more recently in 2013, Ofsted judged both the School and the Sixth Form to be outstanding. Inspectors referred to the "can-do culture" that permeates the school and stated in June 2013 that "behaviour is exemplary" and that

"in this outstanding school, all groups thrive, achieve highly and are very well prepared for the next stage of their education". 

Backwell is a popular school - Currently there are just over 1700 students on roll of whom 350 are in the Sixth Form. The planned admission number is 270 in Year 7.

Although we are a large school we focus on each individual child.  We want every young person to be safe, happy, challenged and stimulated so they achieve the best in all they do. Backwell School has a strong reputation for Performing and Visual Arts, but our strengths are equally strong across all areas, including the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, as well as Sport and Foreign Languages.  In addition students of all ages are offered a vast range of extra-curricular opportunities and new experiences.  As well as enabling our young people to achieve academic success, we place a great importance on helping them to develop a strong sense of right and wrong and actively uphold the values of tolerance and mutual respect.

Backwell is a designated National Teaching School as a result of the very high standards of teaching in the school, and its focus on high quality professional development and is the leader of the North Somerset Teaching Alliance (NSTA).

In 2011, Backwell School became an Academy.  The Governing Body, staff, parents and students worked together to create a Backwell School Charter that states the aims and principles of Backwell School and ensures that Backwell School remains a school at the heart of its community.

Backwell School has recently joined the Lighthouse School Partnership. This multi-academy trust (MAT) is based in the local area with the aim of providing children with a comprehensive 4-19 education pathway. The MAT currently contain another large secondary school in the area as well as many local primary schools. Further schools will be joining us over the next few months.    


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.  

Working for Us

This page talks about the many benefits to working at Backwell School.

Pension Scheme

All contracted staff are entered into either the Teachers Pension scheme or the Local Government Pension scheme (whichever is appropriate).


Childcare Vouchers

We participate in the Kiddivouchers childcare voucher scheme.  This provides tax benefits to working parents.

Cycle to Work

Employees have the option to partake in the cycle to work scheme which not only provides a tax benefit to employees but also a health benefit. 

Car Parking on-site

Free parking is available for staff on-site. 

Catering Facilities

We currently operate three dining facilities on-site, providing a variety of hot and cold food options.  The food is reasonably priced.


Backwell School places a high priority on professional development for all staff and in collaborating with other schools. Having been initially a Beacon School, then a Training School it became a National Teaching School in 2012 and now heads up the North Somerset Teaching Alliance. It is also a National Support School, providing collaborative support to other secondary schools as part of the area’s system leadership model.

Local Area

Backwell & Nailsea Train Station is within walking distance to the school.

Backwell Leisure Centre is situated next to the school. Facilities available for use include a swimming pool and squash courts.

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership

We are part of the The Lighthouse Schools Partnership for further information regarding the trust please click here.

The Lighthouse Schools Partnership is a Multi-Academy Trust with schools across the age range from Nursery to Sixth Form. Our Trust includes both community and Church of England schools and we also have three Teaching Schools amongst our number so that we can make the professional development of our staff a top priority.