Backwell School

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Backwell School
Backwell School.JPG
Main gates
Established 1954
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Julian Baldwin
Deputy Headteacher Mr Ben Houghton & Mr Jon Nunes
Chair of Governing Body Mrs Maggie Edwards
Location Station Road
North Somerset
BS48 3BX
Coordinates: 51°24′58″N 2°44′21″W / 51.4161°N 2.7392°W / 51.4161; -2.7392
DfE URN 136722 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Capacity 1,697
Students 1,706
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Cotswold, Mendip, Sedgemoor, Quantock
Colours Navy Blue & Gold          

Backwell School is an academy in Backwell, North Somerset, England.

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 pupils, of which 387 are in the schools sixth form as of January 2013.[1]

Catchment area[edit]

The school's catchment area includes the villages of Backwell, Yatton, Claverham, Cleeve and Kingston Seymour, although several hundred of the school's pupils 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,[2] when Britain was in the midst of a post-war school-building boom.[3]

In 2009, 71% of GCSE pupils achieved at least five GCSE passes above grade C including English and Maths.[4] This is 21% above the national average that year. It is the highest performing state secondary school in North Somerset.[5]

In November 2008, Backwell School was rated as outstanding by Ofsted.[6] 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 pupils and is currently maintained by the school pupils.[7]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Backwell School". Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Planning committee meeting minutes". North Somerset Council. 11 November 2001. Retrieved 30 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Designing Britain — Schools". Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Backwell School". Education League Tables. BBC News Education. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Secondary schools in North Somerset". BBC News. 13 January 2010. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Inspection Report". Ofsted. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Radio Station Launched". Backwell school. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Richard Ottaway". BBC News Online. 2001. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
  9. ^ Interview in Venue magazine, 2008

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