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  • Start of Term 3 Letter from Mr Webster

    Published 04/01/22

    Please find attached Start of Term 3 Letter from Mr Webster

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  • Christmas Letter from Mr Webster

    Published 16/12/21

     16th December 2021

    Dear Parents

    Even as I write this letter, our circumstances continue to change and evolve. This year has certainly given us all plenty to think about and I’m sure the beginning of 2022 will be no different.

    Thank you all for your patience and kindness during these most challenging of times. Without your continued support our schools would not be able to operate in the ways that we have. ‘Normality’ has come to mean something quite different to us all recently. We continue to try to keep things as normal as possible for your children and hope that their time at West Leigh and BJS remains fruitful, rewarding and most importantly fun!

    As always, I must recognise the huge effort that all staff put into all aspects of school life. Their commitment is admirable and they all deserve (as I’m sure you do) a restful Christmas period. Working in a constantly evolving environment requires dedication and flexibility and they have shown these qualities and many more in spades.

    We are all looking forward to spending Christmas with friends and family and I sincerely hope you have a fabulous time. A reminder that the first day back for children is Wednesday 5th January 2022, as Tuesday 4th is an INSET staff training day. Face coverings for adults while on site will remain a requirement at both schools until we evaluate the Covid situation in early January.

    Yours sincerely

    Nick Webster


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  • Parent Carer Coffee Morning

    Published 01/11/21
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  • Lunchtime Supervisor Vacancies at BJS and West Leigh

    Published 07/10/21

    Lunchbreak Supervisors


    School:             Both West Leigh and Backwell C of E Junior 

    Hours:              West Leigh - 6.25 hours a week, term time only (11.50am – 1.05pm Mon – Fri)

                              Backwell Junior – 6.25 hours a week, term time only (12.25pm – 1.40pm Mon- Fri

    Contract:         Permanent

    Start:                2nd September 2021

    Pay:                 JG1C pt 1 - 2 (FTE £17,842 - £18,198) - Pro rata - £2,577 - £2,629

    We are looking for caring and enthusiastic Lunchbreak Supervisor to ensure our children have a happy and safe lunchtime experience.

    Duties will include:

    • To supervise the movement of pupils to and from dining areas, including any personal hygiene requirements.
    • To maintain good order and excellent hygiene practices in dining areas.
    • To assist pupils, where necessary, with the collection of food and return of trays, or other items to the service counter.
    • To assist pupils, where necessary, with the proper use of cutlery, drinking facilities or other aspects of the midday meal.
    • To assist in the clearance of any spillages and wiping down, clearing or resetting of tables, as appropriate.
    • To monitor behaviour in the playground and assist where necessary, ensuring a safe environment for the children.
    • To take any immediate action to attend to sickness or accidents by carrying out minor first aid and summoning relevant assistance.


    The Federation of West Leigh Infant School and Backwell C of E Junior School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all in our community to share this commitment. Any appointment will be subject to full enhanced DBS checks (including Barred List Information) and satisfactory references.

    School Visits

    School visits are encouraged to take place after school.  To arrange a visit please contact the School Office on 01275 463274.


    Further information is available from the school website Federation of West Leigh Infant School and Backwell C of E Junior School - Federation Vacancies (  or from the school office 01275 463274.

    Application forms should be sent to the school office by post or email the School Business Manager – Avril Steel –

    Interview date:                                        TBA

    This post will commence:                        As soon as all necessary checks have been carried out

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  • Parents Evening - Term 2

    Published 06/10/21

    Dear Parents

    We will be holding Parent consultation meetings during the second week of T2. West Leigh Infants will be held from 3:30-6:30 on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th November and Backwell Juniors meetings will be from 4-7 on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th November. Full details regarding how to sign up for these will be sent out in due course.

    We will be hosting the meetings either in person or via MS Teams depending on your preference. When booking, please state which way you would like to access the meeting.

    As always, this will be an opportunity to discuss your child's progress over T1 and find out more about curriculum coverage and content and ask any questions that you may have.

    We are very much looking forward to meeting you to discuss how your children are getting on.

    Best wishes

    Nick Webster

    Executive Headteacher

    The Federation of West Leigh Infants and Backwell Juniors

    01275 463 274   01275 462 632

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  • BJS PTA Fundraising News October 2021

    Published 06/10/21

    PTA: Tesco Community Grants Scheme VOTING IS NOW ON

    The PTA are delighted to confirm that it’s application to be put forward to a customer vote for outdoor play equipment has been successful.

    Please vote for BJSA with the blue tokens every time you shop at Tesco in Nailsea and Tesco Express in Portishead (BS20 6LR). Voting continues until 31 December.

    Although the application was originally made to raise funds for the replacement outdoor play equipment, the scheme administrators have confirmed that they are happy for the vote to go ahead and for any grant money received to be used to enhance the outdoor play equipment and/or provide additional play equipment. Presently the idea is to replace broken netball nets and/or provide outdoor seating for the children.

    The project with the highest number of blue tokens will receive £1,500, the project which receives the second highest number of tokens, £1,000, and the third placed project £500.

    Film Night at BJS - Save the date!

    Do save the date for a film night on Thursday 18th November, more information will follow shortly!

    Preloved Christmas Jumper/Clothing sale

    We plan to have a pre-loved Christmas clothing sale in November. It would be amazing if you could hang on to any outgrown Christmassy clothes for the moment - more details to follow…

    Thank you for your continued and invaluable support to, in turn, support our children.



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  • Harvest Celebrations at Backwell Federation

    Published 05/10/21
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  • October Holiday Camps from Premier Sport

    Published 05/10/21
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  • Young Ringers - Bell Ringing at St Andrew's Church

    Published 01/10/21
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  • Light Party at St Andrew's Church

    Published 01/10/21
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  • Start of Term 1 Letter from Mr Webster

    Published 03/09/21

    Welcome back everyone and Welcome to all of our new pupils!

    Please find attached letter from Mr Webster:



    3rd  September 2021


    Dear Parents


    I hope you have all had a very enjoyable summer period and are as excited to be coming back to school as we all are. An especially warm welcome to all new families and to the children in our Reception intake. We can’t wait to see our youngest children arriving in their school uniforms for the first time on Monday. I look forward to seeing you all at the school gates over coming days.

    As always, we have been very busy preparing for school re-opening and are spending today and tomorrow undertaking some key training and preparation work in advance of this.

    As previously communicated, we are reverting back to our pre-Covid opening times (please see below) with all year group bubbles, staggered starts/finishes and the wearing of face masks on site are now not required. We will, of course, be continuing to regularly sanitise surfaces, wash hands and maintain effective ventilation in all classrooms. New guidance states that any children or staff with Covid symptoms will have to isolate at home, but their close contacts will not – hopefully ensuring limited disruption to learning moving forward. Our full, updated risk assessment will be on the Federation website from Monday.



    West Leigh

    Backwell Juniors

    Drop-off Time


    From 8:30 on the playground but no later than 9am

    Pick-up Time


    3:05 pm



    PE Kit and School Uniform

    We will be asking pupils at Backwell Juniors to continue to come to school wearing their school PE kit on their PE days (these will be communicated to you by your child’s class teacher).

    Please could I also remind you all about expected school uniform – please see the link below with full details:

    We look forward to seeing much more of you on site this year - either in class or through regular assemblies and services beginning with our open afternoons from after school until 6pm on Monday 13th September. These will be a chance for you to find out more about your child’s class routines, curriculum and general year group expectations. More details to follow.

    We look forward to sharing another productive and exciting year ahead with you all.

    Yours sincerely

    Nick Webster

    Executive Head Teacher


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  • End of Year Newsletter July 2021

    Published 21/07/21


    Wishing all of our pupils, their families and our staff a very happy, healthy and fun summer break.


    We look forward to welcoming everyone back on

    Monday 6th September 2021.

    We will welcome our Year 2 leavers to BJS as our new Year 3 and we will be saying hello to our new reception intake.  We are very excited to meet everyone.

    Wishing our Year 6 leavers an incredible summer break and a fabulous start at their new schools in September.

    We will miss you all, but know you all have fabulous

    futures ahead of you.

    Best wishes from all the Backwell Federation staff


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