An Outstanding SchoolA National Teaching School
|Headteacher||Mr Julian Baldwin|
|Deputy Headteacher||Mr Ben Houghton & Mr Jon Nunes|
|Chair of Governing Body||Mrs Maggie Edwards|
|DfE URN||136722 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Students||1,693 as of January 2013[update]|
|Houses||Cotswold, Mendip, Sedgemoor, Quantock|
|Colours||Navy Blue & Gold|
The school, which has had academy status since May 2011, is a specialist Arts College, and includes a sixth form. The school takes pupils from the age of 11 (Year 7) to the age of 18 (Year 13). It has 1,693 students, of which 387 are in the schools sixth form as of January 2013[update].
The school's catchment area includes the villages of Backwell, Yatton, Claverham, Cleeve and Kingston Seymour, although several hundred of the school's students come from locations outside of its official catchment area from locations such as Nailsea and Bristol. The local education authority is North Somerset Council.
The original secondary modern school at Backwell became a comprehensive school in 1976 when the tripartite education system was abolished in the area. The school's original building dates from 1954, when Britain was in the midst of a post-war school-building boom.
In 2009, 71% of GCSE students achieved at least five GCSE passes above grade C including English and Maths. This is 21% above the national average that year. It is the highest performing state secondary school in North Somerset.
In November 2008, Backwell School was rated as outstanding by Ofsted. It was inspected again in May 2013 (no. 413323) due to the school having converted to academy 2 years previous. It was judged to be outstanding in all categories
In 2015 Backwell School launched a small radio station that was setup by students and is currently maintained by the school pupils.
|Broadcast area||Backwell, North Somerset|
|Slogan||For students, by students - we are Backwell School's homegrown radio station.|
|First air date||December 15, 2014|
|Format||Full service (Student radio)|
Started out as an idea by a Backwell School student. After generating a plan and budget it was approved by the school student council and Senior Leadership Team. The station launched in the first week of term three of the 2014-15 academic year with an interview with the head, Julian Baldwin.
With its output aimed at Backwell students the station is broadcast during the school day. It consists of 'Full Service' variety shows along with more talk-focused shows discussing current affairs, both in the school area and on a wider (inter)national scale. With all shows generated by students, staff input is very low. The station is run, presented, produced and organised by volunteer students.
Notable former students
- Richard Ottaway, member of Parliament for Croydon South
- Joel McIver, author
- Chris Cox, magician
- Chris Wood, golfer
- "Backwell School". Retrieved 8 July 2013.
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- "Inspection Report". Ofsted. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
- "Radio Station Launched". Backwell school. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- Sparling, Helen. "Radio Station Launched". http://www.backwellschool.net. Backwell School. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- Angear, Vicky. "Pupils take over the airwaves". http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk. North Somerset Times. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "Richard Ottaway". BBC News Online. 2001. Retrieved 13 February 2008.
- Interview in Venue magazine, 2008