West Buckland’s U15 Netball team came out on top in the North Devon Schools’ Tournament at Park School this week.
There were ten teams participating in the event, with WBS’s team beating Pilton Community College 14-2, South Molton Community College 1-1, Shebbear College 6-2 and Braunton Academy 11-9.
The girls faced Holsworthy Community College in the semi-final, which was the toughest match in the competition. With only a goal between the teams at half time, the WBS team went all out in the second half to end up winning the semis by 11-5.
In the final against Park School, the WBS girls took victory with 5-4 after a nail-biting match, demonstrating a great team performance.
On Saturday 9th February, West Buckland welcomed 28 gifted artists and writers from South Molton Community College and The Park Community School to join our students in a day of creative writing and illustration. Based on the theme of change, we ran through a variety of writing activities and interpretations of literature. After this, students developed their own ideas for a character, focusing on 'hope for change', where we touched on topics such as mental health, the environment, perceptions of race and physical metamorphosis. For the latter part of the session, the students worked with our resident artist Joe, where we all collaborated in creating 'Felicity the foxy spy' and her somewhat incompetent sidekick 'Morris the Bloodhound'. The next session is on Saturday 9th March.
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We are delighted to announce that the school has been placed in the UK’s Top 40 co-educational boarding schools, based on A-Level results. We are one of only two West Country co-ed boarding schools in the Top 40, putting us amongst some of the best-known and most selective schools in the country.
The ranking table has been produced for Best-Schools.co.uk by independent body Education Advisers Ltd and measures the number of A* and A grades awarded to students. This further enhances the school’s impressive academic record, for which it has gained an enviable reputation.
The result is particularly pleasing because, unlike many other schools featured in the league table, we are not a highly selective school, and only require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above for students entering Year 12.
Headmaster, Mr Phillip Stapleton, says “This is a particularly pleasing recognition because the school is not a hothouse but believes that children should be able to develop at their own pace. Coming 35th in the UK shows that parents can have the best of both worlds for their children, a first-class education alongside a healthy and active lifestyle in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.”
Our Sixth Form Dissection Club yesterday received a very special visit from Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Luke Brunton, who was able to pass on his expertise in surgical techniques, using a joint of pork!
The techniques the students learned included how to use a scalpel, how to close a wound with surgical needles and different types of suture (absorbable vs non-absorbable) and how to tie various surgical knots.
Mr Brunton, who, as well as being a West Buckland parent, is a surgeon at North Devon District Hospital, and we were very grateful to him for giving up his time to come and talk to the students.
Dissection Club is one of the academic clubs offered to Sixth Formers, as part of the school's Medical Society, helping students who are looking at a possible career in medicine-related careers.