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 recent 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".

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.  Backwell is a popular school - currently there are 1,300 students in Years 7 to 11 and 380 in the Sixth Form.

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 leads the North Somerset Teaching Alliance (NSTA).

Backwell School joined the Lighthouse Schools Partnership Multi-Academy Trust in January 2018.  The Trust includes both primary and secondary schools, including many of our local primary schools.  This means that we can benefit both from improved continuity moving from primary to secondary school and sharing of best practice between teachers and learning professionals across the trust.   

We hope the website will tell you all you need to know about the school.  If you want to find out more please phone or email us - we welcome visitors and enquiries.  If you require a paper copy (free of charge) of any of the documents listed on the website, please contact us via mailbox@backwellschool.net.


Jon Nunes


Our most recent Ofsted Report is available to view by clicking the link.

Ofsted Report 2013

Ofsted Report 2008

Please click on the links below to view the School Prospectus, together with the School Handbook, both of which give parents and students lots of very useful information about day-to-day life at school.  Also below is a link to the Department for Education's schools' performance tables which will give you an overview of our school progress and results data.

Backwell School Prospectus 2019

Parents' Handbook 2019 - 2020

Backwell School Charter

School Performance Tables