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. Admissions are managed by the local education authority - North Somerset Council.

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Backwell is known for its strong association with the performing arts; in particular its bi-yearly Whole School Productions, which last featured the ever popular musical "Singin' in the Rain", regular music concerts, as well as the yearly student-organised sixth form production, this year (2016), being the Broadway musical "Hairspray".

The largest junior school in Backwell is Backwell Church of England Junior School, which provides education to 240 children aged between 7 and 11. The school is highly praised by Ofsted and performs consistently well in the league tables.[16] In addition there is West Leigh Infant School which covers reception and Key Stage 1 and which has received an outstanding Ofsted report.[17]

The Anglican parish church of St. Andrew dates from the 12th century. It was altered and enlarged in the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[24]

Dr Patrick Kennedy and his team are committed to being an approachable and friendly practice whilst at the same time providing the highest standards of dentistry.

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

Backwell has previously been a Beacon School, visual and performing arts college specialist school and National Training School. It has 1,738 pupils, of which 387 are in the schools sixth form as of 2016[update], from the age of 11 (year 7) to the age of 18 (year 13).[1]

The village has a long history, appearing in the Domesday Book in 1086 with the name 'Bacoile' meaning 'The well back on the hill'.

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The tower at the west end of the church is over 100 feet (30 m) tall and dates from the 15th century. It contains a ring of eight bells, two of which are medieval.[25]

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In the past there had been a bank, a library and a fourth pub in the village, which are now closed.

Nearby are Nailsea, Flax Bourton, Yatton, Brockley and Barrow Gurney.

For good food and wine, great beers and a warm welcome, then come to The George. Our relaxed lounge bar, restaurant, private dining room and beautiful courtyard offer space for every social occasion. 

We hope you are enjoying the late summer - but with holidays drawing to a close, plans for Christmas will soon begin to be formed. For those of you wanting to get organised early, here are our Festive, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve menus. We will happily help plan celebrations. Please visit our Festive page for more details. 

The site at Backwell is relatively large, featuring multiple large sports grounds to the North. Buildings vary extremely in design and age with the oldest part of the original school, known as 'Lower School' and the 'Science Corridor, which includes the main theatre, dating back to 1954 – being the same design as at Kingsmead School while the Sixth Form Centre was completed in just 2011.

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There is also a Methodist Church in Backwell West Town and a Baptist Church on Backwell Common.

Many residents of Backwell commute daily to Bristol by car via the A370, and public transport — First Somerset & Avon operates the local buses. The closest motorway is the M5.

Backwell Karate, also known as Backwell Shotokan Karate Club, was established in the village in 1978 and is a member club of the Karate Union of Great Britain governing body.

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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]

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In 2015 a radio station was launched, having been set up by the student council. Run entirely by a team of students it broadcasts a variety of music and topical conversation in line with its mission statement, For students — by students.[8][9]

Ashton & Backwell United F.C. was originally called Backwell United but then merged with one of Bristol's largest youth club's Ashton Boys FC. They are currently members of the Western League First Division. They moved to their current home in 1947, the Backwell Recreation Ground.

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Backwell Dental care is an established practice that has undergone a superb refurbishment. Now, patients can enjoy the very best service from the comfort of a stylish, contemporary surgery offering the most up to date technology and facilities.

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Backwell Golf Club (now defunct) first appeared during the 1890s. The club closed prior to WW1.[26]

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On June 6, 1929, Theodore Robinson opened the park to the public [15] and gave it to the "Children and adults of the parish of Backwell", as a result the fields have no sole owner. The fields are, however, managed and maintained by a team of directors of the Backwell Playing Fields Charity.[14]

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The font dates from the 12th century. It consists of a circular bowl with cable moulding, and a circular stem with foliate moulding on the base. It was restored in 1907.[24]

Backwell lake, which is also known as Buckland's Pool, is next to the road between Nailsea and Backwell at Buckland's Batch. The lake was built as a balancing pond in the mid-1970s It has now become a wildlife haven for birds, bats and dragonflies, which are attracted by the open water and surrounding vegetation. Bird species include gadwall, shoveler, pochard, tufted duck, grey heron and mute swans.[9]

Backwell is a rural village and civil parish in Somerset, England. It falls within the Unitary Authority of North Somerset and has a population of 4,589.[1] It is 7 miles (11.3 km) south west of Bristol, on the A370 to Weston-super-Mare. It includes the hamlets of Backwell Common, Backwell Green and Farleigh and the districts of West Town and Downside.

The lords of the manor from the 12th to 17th centuries were the Rodneys. Walter de Rodney was given the manor for his support of the Empress Matilda against King Stephen.[4]

Welcome to the official parish council website, we have commissioned this website to help villagers and other interested parties stay up-to-date with the goings on of Backwell Parish Council.

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