Backwell School sixth formers have been celebrating another excellent set of A Level results. Well over half of all exam entries were graded A* to B, with an impressive overall pass rate of 99.2%.

Every single student achieved qualifications, with no fewer than 29 students achieving grades equivalent to AAA or higher. Four students (Alice Griffiths, Jasmine Thomas, Belinda Humphries and Alex Walder) gained at least three A* grades. Also celebrating was Head Girl, Issie Dowse, who got the three A grades (Chemistry, Maths and Biology) she needs to study Veterinary Medicine, having achieved offers from all her chosen universities. Issie has chosen to study at Liverpool and is excited to begin the next stage of her education “I have wanted to be a vet since I was 10 years old, and I am so excited to begin my training.” Jasmine Thomas, Deputy Head Girl, will be taking a gap year before heading off to Cambridge to study Medicine.

Many other students will be now looking forward to exciting future plans. These include Katie Galbraith, who in December produced the Sixth Form production of Hairspray, which raised over £4000 for the Alzheimer’s Society. She is heading to Essex University to study Stage and Production Management, having easily surpassed their entry requirement of CDD with her results of ACC. Belinda Humphries will be studying Television Production at Falmouth University from September. Belinda, who has already won a number of prizes for her film making, achieved A*A*A*B in her studies, which included a CTEC in Media.

Outgoing Head of Sixth Form Toby Rome said “I am incredibly proud of this group of students, who have not only achieved academic success, but also grown in so many other ways over the past two years. There are of course outstanding straight A* students, but these results also contain countless stories of individual successes against adversity. As a year group they have coped brilliantly with the disruption of ongoing changes to the structure of A Levels, and have consistently impressed me with their determination, good humour and thoughtfulness.”


A Level Results  
 A*  7%
 A* - A  27%
 A* - B  54%
 A* - C  80% 
 Pass Rate                  99%



As changes to the GCSEs examinations and the new grading system for English and Maths begins, Backwell School students continue to celebrate excellent GCSE results. 

82% of students achieved a standard pass (Grade 4 or    above) in both English and Maths, while 66% received a  Grade 5 or higher in both subjects. 

Overall 78% of  students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and  Maths. 45% of students achieved the very challenging  combination of higher passes which earns them the  ‘English Baccalaureate’. 27 of the new Grade 9 scores  were received by Backwell students, who continue to  reach the very highest levels of achievement.

One example of such excellence was Jemma Mayler, who achieved the highest grades available to her in every subject: 9 A*s and 3 grade 9s in English Language, English Literature and Maths: somehow she even found time to take an additional subject – an A level in Creative Writing, in which she also achieved an A*! Jemma couldn’t believe her results when she received them this morning “It is all very surreal but it is also really affirming that all the hard work does pay off”. Jemma will be returning to Backwell Sixth Form in September working towards studying Law at university.

Headteacher Jon Nunes said “I am extremely proud of the hard work and determination of our students. They have made fantastic progress over their five years with us, a great example being Proby Koskandawala. Proby’s final GCSE results were a collective 20 grades higher than expected – meaning that she averaged over two grades higher per subject than her targets – a truly incredible achievement.”

We would like to congratulate our Year 11 students for all their achievements, both in and out of the classroom.

Key Statistics ...

82% of students achieved Grade 4 (standard Pass) in English and Maths

66% of students achieved Grade 5 (strong Pass) in English and Maths

45% of students achieved the English Baccalaureate

78% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths (at Grade 4 or above)


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School Performance Tables