Backwell School is a popular school and has been oversubscribed for a number of years.  The maximum intake for Year 7 is 270 students and places will be allocated as per the over-subscription criteria detailed in our Admission Arrangements.  Our first geographical area (catchment area) is also outlined in this document, however parents living outside of this area are also welcome to apply.

Places arising 'in-year' are rare and so parents interested in gaining a place for their child, outside of the Year 7 intake, should email the school in the first instance:

Please note that school admission requests and enquiries are dealt with term time only.

Will a move really be in my child’s best interests? - An application to change a child’s school will need careful consideration.  It is vital that parents consider the effect on their child if they are considering changing schools. 


For the last two years of secondary school (Years 10 and 11), when children are preparing for their GCSE’s it is generally considered that changing schools at this stage should be avoided.  This is because it may have a damaging effect on the examination results your child can achieve.  Schools do not always offer the same combination of subjects and syllabi and examination requirements can differ, as schools do not all use the same examination boards. 


For information about admission to the Sixth Form please click here to view the Sixth Form Admission page of the website.

You can view the following government documents by clicking on the appropriate link:


School Admissions Code:

School Admissions Appeals Code:

Admissions for 2020-2021

Admissions arrangements for Backwell School for the academic year 2020 - 21 can be found in the Admission Policy of The Lighthouse Schools Partnership (LSP), of which Backwell School is a member. 


Please click on the link below to view the policy: LSP Admission Policy for 2020-21 (Years 7 - 11 and Sixth Form

Transfer to Secondary School - Year 7 Appeals

Timetable for 2020-21 Intake Appeals for on time applicants

Admissions for 2021-2022

Admissions arrangements for Backwell School for the academic year 2021-22. can be found in the  LSP Admission Policy by clicking on the following link:

LSP Admission Policy for 2021 - 2022 (Years 7 - 11 and Sixth Form)

Map showing Backwell School catchment area

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