Exam Results


Backwell School is celebrating another year of very strong GCSE results reflecting the hard work of students over the past two years.

75% of students achieved a standard pass (Grade 4 or above) in both English and Maths, while 55% received a Grade 5 or higher in both subjects. Overall 70% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths and 41% of students achieved the very challenging combination of higher passes which earns them the ‘English Baccalaureate’.

George Taylor achieved eight Grade 9s in his GCSEs results as well as one Grade 8 and one Grade 7. George was speechless with his results; “I am feeling overwhelmed. I worked really hard but did not expect these results.” Argentine Person (4 Grade 9s, 4 Grade 8s, 1 Grade 7 and 1 Grade 6) made the most progress in the year group. “I got my dad to look at the results first as I was too nervous! The teachers were great at supporting me and I am really happy today.” She is excited to continue at Backwell in the Sixth Form next year studying A levels in Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Further Maths.

Oisin McGilloway was really proud of his results, especially his Grade 9 in English Literature “I was not expecting such a high grade in Literature. I am hoping to become a writer for film and TV so these grades are a great start.”  Siblings Marta Aleksinska and Wojciech Aleksinski achieved 16 GCSEs all graded 5 or above including two Grade 9s and 4 Grade 8s between them. Their mum confirmed that a lot of hard work and revision has gone into their results and “these results will give them many opportunities in the future”.

Headteacher Jon Nunes said “Our Year 11 students have worked very hard over the past two years, and they should be very proud of what they have achieved. I would also like to thank the dedication and skills of the teachers who have been teaching them. GCSE results are the start of these young people’s futures and I wish them the very best in whichever path they choose to take.”


Key statistics

  • 75% of students achieved Grade 4 (standard Pass) in English and Maths

  • 55% of students achieved Grade 5 (strong Pass) in English and Maths

  • 41% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate

  • 70% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths (at Grade 4 or above)


Backwell School sixth formers have been celebrating another amazing set of exam results. Over a quarter of exam entries were graded A* or A and 74% of results were at grade C or above with an overall pass rate of 97%.

Head student Jemma Mayler achieved 3 A* grades (Chemistry, Maths, Sociology) and is off to Lincoln College, Oxford to study Law. “I am so happy, I had a plan in place in case I didn’t achieve my required grades, however I do not need it! I am very thankful to the school and my family for all the support. I am looking forward to the next chapter.”

James Harris, who joined Backwell School to undertake his A level studies, was amazed with his 4 A* grades (Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry) “I have worked very hard over the past two years. The support and friendly competition, especially in my Maths group, certainly supported me to achieve these results.” He is now heading to Warwick University to study Maths and considering a future carer in either finance or astronomy!

Subjects such as Maths and Computer Science were popular university choices this year, with students heading off to Exeter, Southampton and Warwick Universities to study these subjects including Eddie Jones (2 A*s and 2As) studying Maths at Durham and Ed Turner (3A*s) studying Maths at Mansfield College, Oxford. Lizzie Knowles (2A*s and an A) is also heading to Oxford to study Geography at Jesus College “I can’t quite believe it, I am excited to move onto the next chapter”.

Students are looking forward to their future plans with others undertaking apprenticeships with companies such as Airbus and in sectors including recruitment, finance and business administration. In fact student Emilia Osborne will be staying on at Backwell School to undertake an apprenticeship in Business Administration.

Headteacher Jon Nunes said “I am very proud of all of our students who have worked incredibly hard towards their successes today; They have grown into well rounded young people in addition to achieving academic success. We wish them all the very best for the future”.

Key statistics

  • 12% of entries were graded at A*

  • 27% of entries were graded at A*-A

  • 48% of entries were graded at A*-B

  • 74% of entries were graded at A*-C

  • Pass rate was 97%

You can view our school progress and results data on the Department for Education's schools' performance tables, which can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

School Performance Tables

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