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  • Backwell School
    Station Road
    BS48 3BX
  • Head: John Nunes
  • T 01275 463371
  • F 01275 463077
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: North Somerset
  • Pupils: 1,783; sixth formers: 382
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 23rd May 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 20th November 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

 Plenty available during extended lunchtime and after school; free late bus for those staying for activities. Pupils use adjacent leisure centre as well as school's sports hall and eight floodlit all-weather tennis courts. Canopied entrance leads to a modern reception area and spacious foyer, where displays include plenty of art plus evidence of recent school successes. New buildings for special needs and maths (with a multi-coloured roof). Pastoral system a strength - parents and pupils emphasise how supportive and helpful they find the teachers...

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What the school says...

Backwell School has established over many years a reputation as one of Britains best performing comprehensive schools. Year on year our students achieve very highly in exams, on the sports fields, in the Arts, and in local and national arenas. In its last two most 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'.

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. We are also an International School, reflecting our commitment to help all our young people to become positive and conscientious citizens of the world.

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, and will always take the time to show you the school.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since November 2017, Jon Nunes, previously deputy head. He has been at the school for more than 25 years, as history teacher, head of house and head of sixth form, taking over an interim head when the previous head retired in 2016.

Academic matters

Fifty-four per cent A*-B grades at A level in 2017 and 27 per cent A*/A; regular Oxbridge places (one for medicine in 2017). Boys outshine girls in maths and physics whilst girls perform better overall. In 2017, 64 per cent got 9-4 grades in both English and maths at GCSE; 47 per cent of students achieved the English Baccalaureate, with majority of pupils taking nine subjects, including six options drawn from creative areas, languages and humanities.

Strong in core subjects, especially science and maths, and majority takes at least...

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Special Education Needs

Keeping quiet but school is very supportive of SEN. Inspectors and parents report excellent levels of focussed, relevant support from teachers and support staff and very good teaching programmes that meet individual needs. Ofsted say: 'The management and leadership of special educational needs are excellent. Students with special educational needs benefit from expert support in the classroom. The achievement of pupils with special educational needs is very good and students with special needs develop very positive attitudes to their work.' A number of pupils have statements of SEN. Questionnaire completed by GSG, check with school for latest info.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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