Backwell School's approach to promoting community cohesion was found outstanding at the school's last Ofsted inspection. Strong links are not only to be found at a local level where the school is very involved with the local community and local primary schools, but also at an international level where students have a wide understanding of both international and British multicultural issues.
The school's facilities are used for a wide variety of uses in the evenings and at weekends. In addition to the many local sport and performing arts organisations who regularly use the school, local groups such as Backwell Environment Trust and The Wildlife Wardens also hold their meetings at the school.
Backwell School is linked with Angereb School in Ethiopia and regularly raises money to send to the school to update its very basic facilities. In April 2011 two members of staff and two sixth form students travelled to the Gondar region and visited the school.
The school is developing a strong link with Jianlan Middle School, Hangzhou, China and in July 2015 the school visited Backwell School for the sixth time. Linked with Year 8 and 9 students, 18 Chinese students and three staff attended lessons and then spent two nights with their host families. See 'News' for a more detailed report of the visit.
Backwell School was also involved in the Zakhele Group's visit in June 2013 and again in June 2015. This performance group of young people from South Africa spent six weeks in North Somerset visiting many of the primary and secondary schools. The group spent two days at Backwell School and their visit culminated in a concert in the Colston Hall with performances from the Zakhele group alongside Backwell School students.