A modern learning environment for students & athletes



Nailsea School was re-built in 2009 to reflect a bright, modern centre of learning. Many of the classrooms and staff bases have glass walls creating openness and visibility around the school. Our vision at Nailsea School is to be a nurturing community where students are valued and supported to reach their full potential, developing the skills and qualifications needed for future success.

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Nailsea and Backwell railway station is a 15-minute walk from the School and has direct links from both Bristol Temple Meads and Weston-super-Mare. Nailsea School is also fortunate enough to be on a main bus route that services many of the towns across North Somerset and is situated within 3 minutes’ walk of Nailsea’s shopping centre.

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The Sixth Form has a vibrant learning community with a range of educational opportunities. Students learn to work independently and are encouraged to think widely about their future aspirations.

Our self-contained Sixth Form area is designed to support the independent learning of our older year groups, with group and individual study areas. Students can also benefit from three catering service points including the main cafeteria, situated just beyond the Atrium, where a variety of hot meals and snack are served.

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The school boasts a sports field with running track, two hard courts or Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), which are set up for Tennis/Netball. In addition to the MUGAs there is a fully floodlit, 4G pitch which can be used for Hockey or Football. There is also a large Sports Hall which can accommodate a variety of sports such athletics, gymnastics and trampolining, as well as a variety of ball sports. It is often used for end of term assemblies, accommodating the whole school.


Develop as a footballer in a professional environment whilst studying a Level 3 BTEC in Sport & Exercise. Training as part of a team and competing against some of the South West’s best footballers will be an invaluable experience, unavailable on other programmes. Grow your love for football while exploring a breadth of achievable career prospects and make the most of opportunities to gain qualifications and experience within sport through pathways such as:

  • Exit routes to professional academies & semi-pro clubs.
  • Assistance with US College Scholarships.
  • Travel & work as a football coach in the US.
  • Enough UCAS points to attend university.
  • Paid apprenticeship program for talented coaches.
  • Coach & analyst interships with local professional clubs.



A former Bristol Rovers Academy coach for 4 years, Rob holds the UEFA B Licence and Youth Award qualifications. He has a wide range of experience from grassroots to senior football. Rob’s previous clubs include Nailsea United, Clevedon Town and Yate Town where he has worked with some of the most experienced and respected coaches in the area.

“I am thrilled to provide an opportunity for 16-18 year olds to continue their enjoyment of football and their development as a player. This programme allows us to continue our involvement within the community and to extend our support to students when transitioning into adulthood. Working with Nailsea School, we aim to provide the best sporting opportunities for our students so they can go on to succeed in their chosen careers.”


Our head coach, Adam Davidson, holds a UEFA-B licence and is an MSc-qualfied performance analyst, who uses video and data to support session design and player development. In a career that spans the last 10 years, Adam was worked with thousands of players across semi-pro clubs & profesional academies in the UK, USA and Australia.

“Priority Football Academy and Nailsea School Sixth Form have developed a fantastic programme which offers students a truly unique opportunity to develop as footballers while studying a Level 3 BTEC in Sport & Exercise. Having spent much of my career working in similar settings around the world, I am excited to bring my experience and expertise – particularly in football analysis – to the Academy and equip students with the knowledge and confidence to build a career in sport when leaving Nailsea School.”


Professional football academies across the globe are increasingly using performance analysis to optimise the learning environments they create for their players.

We want to create that same experience for our students here at Priority Football Academy; allowing them to get to grips with the tools and resources used in the professional game whilst working alongside coaches and analysts with decades of experience in the sports industry.

Interested students can now apply to study a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise, in the 2023 academic year, with Priority Football Academy.


Complete the form below and we’ll be in touch to discuss your options.


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