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Back School - Primary Department
, HS2 0LB, UK Back
+44 (0)1851 820230

Welcome from John Maclean, Headteacher

Sgoil a’ Bhac, Back School, is situated on the northeast of Lewis by the beautiful sandy beaches of Broad Bay. It caters for pupils aged 5 to 14 and as such has a Primary department and a Secondary department. Almost half the pupils in the Primary department receive their education through the medium of Gaelic. Throughout the school Gaelic is promoted as a living language and is used readily in all areas of the school’s work.

Sgoil a’ Bhac is a true community school and enjoys very strong parental support. Strong links exist between the school, the local church and the wider community. The school places significant emphasis on the development of sport and has an enviable menu of afterschool clubs. All pupils have the opportunity of participating in activities which include music, singing, dancing and enterprise as well as sport.

The school has been refurbished to a high standard and provides excellent facilities including a state-of- the-art ICT suite, a floodlit ballcourt and extensive playing fields. The school roll is currently 197.

Sgoil a’ Bhac provides an inclusive education for pupils from all backgrounds and walks of life. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to visit us, I would be delighted to help.

As a new term gets underway, I would like to wish all pupils and staff at Sgoil a’ Bhac a successful and enjoyable education experience.

Coll Beach
Coll Beach
School Entrance
School Entrance


Pupils in the Gaelic stream at Sgoil a’ Bhac participate in a wide range of activities which enrich their education experience. Gaelic music instruction, participation at Mod, radio and television programmes, drama productions and community events all develop self confidence and raise self esteem as well as engendering pride in the language.

These activities improve attainment in Listening and Talking and as well as preparing pupils for a variety of occupational opportunities. Participating in community events strengthens pupils’ appreciation of interpersonal relationships and social ties.

Choir performing at Pre Mod Concert
Choir performing at Pre Mod Concert

Pupils from Gaelic Medium class entertaining local Càirdeas group

Pupils from Gaelic Medium class entertaining local Càirdeas group

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3.00pm-4.30pm Craft & Technology Club [P5, P6 & P7] 12.45pm-1.15pm Basketball [S1 & S2 Boys & Girls] 12.40pm-13.15pm Cross Country Training [P3-S2] 12.40pm-13.15pm Unihoc League – Sec Teams [S1 & S2] 3.00pm-4.00pm Tag Rugby [P4-S2]
4.00pm-5.00pm Football Development – at Coll Centre[P2 & P3] 3.00pm-4.00pm Choir Practice [P3-S1] 12.40pm-1.15pm Pivot Ball [P6 & P7 Boys & Girls] 12.45pm-1.15pm Orienteering [P4 & P5 boys & Girls] 3.30pm-4.30pm Basketball – at Coll Centre [S1 & S2]
3.00pm-5.00pm Fiddle Tuition – 3 groups [P4-S2] 3.00pm-4.00pm Chess Club [P7-S2] Back & Tolsta 3.00pm-3.45pm Gymnastics [P2] 3.30pm-4.30pm Football Development [Primary School Team] 3.00pm-4.00pm Introduction to Badminton [S1 Girls]
  3.30pm-5.15pm Football Development – at Coll Centre [P4 & P5] 20 pupils 3.00pm-4.00pm Melodeon Club [P6-S2] 3.30pm-5.15pm Football Development – at Coll Centre [S1 & S2] 4.30pm-5.30pm Badminton – at Coll Centre [S1 & S2]
  3.00pm-4.00pm Aerobics [S1&S2 Girls] 3.00pm-3.45pm Games / Crafts [P3 & P4] 3.00pm-4.00pm Ceilidh Dancing [P5-S2] 4 week block in Term 2 & Term 3 7.30pm-9.30pm Youth Club – at Coll Centre [P6 – S2]
    3.45pm-4.30pm Gymnastics [P3 & P4] 19 pupils    
    3.30pm-5.15pm Football Development – at Coll Centre[P6 & P7]    

ALL CLUBS ARE HELD AT SCHOOL UNLESS STATED ABOVE. Secondary pupils are involved in ongoing Badminton / Basketball competitions against other S1/S2 schools throughout the session.


The school’s house system was set up in 2005 with sponsorship from Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd. Pupils voted that the four houses [COLUMBA, SEAFORTH, SUILVEN and CLAYMORE] were to be named after passenger vessels which served the Western Isles.

Mr Iain McRorie, Cal Mac Historian, presented the school with framed photographs of the ships and gave an excellent lecture on the history of the company.

The house system is used to promote competition and peer support in a wide range of sporting, musical, academic and recreational activities.

House Points

House Captains and Vice Captains
House Captains and Vice Captains
House System – noticeboard
House System – noticeboard

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