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Travel to School

Concessionary transport:  North Somerset does not provide transport beyond the compulsory age of 16, except for those with special needs.  There is a concessionary travel scheme whereby a student not entitled to transport may be able to take up a spare seat on a hired vehicle.  For enquiries, please contact North Somerset Council's home to school transport department, on 01934 634715.​

Bus:  For travel by bus, young people (aged 16–21) and students of any age in full time education can obtain up to 30% discount on all tickets across the West of England (Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare and Wells).  Most sixth form students travelling by bus to Backwell School from Bristol or Weston obtain a First student bus pass.  These can be bought via the First Group website,  Students must show a form of valid photo ID to the driver on every journey to receive the discount, e.g., a valid NUS card.  If none can be produced at the time of travel, then the ordinary adult single fare must be paid.  For further information, visit

Out of Catchment Coach Service:  The school runs a paying coach service covering South Bristol and Long Ashton.  Sixth form students are also welcome to apply for a place on one of these buses.  Places are limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please see the Travel to School page for more information and details on how to apply.​

Train:  For students wishing to travel by train, substantial savings can be made on the cost of travel.  Students aged 16 or 17 can purchase a 16-17 Saver for £30 per year.  This gives you a 50% discount off the cost of adult tickets and adult season tickets.  It is valid for one year or until your 18th birthday, whichever comes first.  You must keep it with you when you travel (on your phone or wallet).  For further information and to apply for a 16-17 Saver, click here

GWR offer a 'Scholar' season ticket for 16-17 year olds in full-time study.  The season ticket is valid for a specific, regular journey to and from school or college on Monday to Friday only, and can be bought either termly, or as a block of three terms (Term 1 is from September to December; Term 2 is from January to Easter and Term 3 is from Easter to July).  It must be purchased before the student’s 18th birthday and offers a substantial saving on the price of an equivalent standard adult season ticket.  To purchase a GWR Scholar season ticket, please call GWR direct on 0345 766 0228 (between 9.00 am and 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday).  Alternatively, you can apply by email to, stating both your departure and destination station.  Payment can be made by credit or debit card.

For students aged 18 and over, it may be worth considering purchasing a season ticket to save substantially on the cost of a regular train journey.  For further information, click here

Students may also wish to consider buying a 16-25 Railcard, which will give 1/3 off rail fares; this costs £30 for a year.  However, we would point out that this discount does not apply for journeys before 10.00 am (a minimum fare of £12 is payable), so it is therefore not very useful for school travel.  For more information and details on how to apply, please visit click here

Car parking:  There are usually limited spaces available for sixth form parking in school and Year 13 students are able to apply for a car, motorcycle or scooter parking permit by completing an application form and providing proof of insurance.  Places are allocated on an individual basis, with priority given to those living furthest away and with limited access to public transport.  It is unusual, therefore, for Year 12 students to be given permission to park in school.

When parking off site, we ask students to do so sensibly and with consideration to Backwell residents.

​Bicycles:  There is parking for bicycles.

​NB. The 16-19 Bursary Fund makes it possible for students to claim back some of the costs they incur in travelling to school.  However this is a means-tested scheme with a limited pot of money for the school to allocate.  Details and application forms below.

16-19 Bursary Fund Information and Application Form 2022-23

Request to park a car on the school site

​Request to park a motorcycle/scooter on the school site