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West Buckland School this term welcomes Amanda Reynolds as Foundation Manager. Amanda was previously Business Manager at Shearwell Data, based on Exmoor, and has previous experience in fundraising, press and public relations.

West Buckland School Foundation’s Bursary programme changes lives and shapes futures.  Each year, bursaries are awarded to Year 7 pupils from the local area whose families are not in a position to afford school fees and who have an educational need e.g. academic, sports, artistic or musical.

One of the bursaries will be awarded to a child whose parents derive their main income from, or in connection with, the rural economy and live within the North Devon Council area or Exmoor National Park, excluding town council areas.  In addition, the Bursary Programme also offers fully-funded bursaries for the Sixth Form. 

Amanda is extremely excited about the role of Foundation Manager. “I am delighted to be taking on this very important role and am looking forward to the vital task in generating income for West Buckland’s Bursary Fund. West Buckland was built on philanthropy and has been supported throughout the generations by OWBAs, parents and the wider community.  The Foundation is a hub for alumni and development and plays an extremely important role providing funds for bursaries and capital projects, neither of which can be funded through fee income alone.”

Amanda lives in Tiverton with her teenage son and has two older daughters who have flown the nest.  Her hobbies include racing vintage cars, painting seascapes and watching her son play cricket.

For further details about the Foundation’s Bursary programme, please contact the Foundation office (01598) 760164.


Wednesday 06 September

Great Start to Rugby Season

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The rugby season got off to the perfect start last weekend with fixtures against Monkton Combe.  The 1st XV had a convincing win, 34-17. The game was split into four quarters with West Buckland fielding 23 players in what was a strong squad performance.

It could be argued that the score line flattered the home side, however it was great to see the team's desire and grit to grind out the result in what was a tightly contested game.

Notable performers included Jack Chapman with three tries, Tom Dewhurst who worked tirelessly in the loose and Harry Sampson who controlled the pace of the game well.

The U16s won a close battle 29-24, showing good physicality and organisation, and enjoying a lot of possession and territory. They also showed great spirit to come from behind twice and win the game with two late tries in the final quarter.

 More photos are available on Facebook.




The rugby season got off to a great start, with 24 senior boys from Years 11 to 13 enjoying a pre-season rugby tour to Stratford-upon-Avon last weekend. The boys were coached by the community team at Northampton Saints using the training pitches at Franklin Gardens and went behind the scenes to experience aspects of professional rugby through a tour of the facilities and the stadium. 

On the Sunday the group visited Tewkesbury RFC where they spent the day training in the glorious sunshine. Mr Priest, Mr Calder and Mr Allin were all impressed with their work rate and desire to improve and hope this will aid in their preparation for the season.

The senior rugby teams are preparing themselves for a busy season of fixtures.

Thursday 24 August

Great GCSE Results

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Pupils at West Buckland School have delivered an excellent set of provisional GCSE results.  The 2017 results featured newly reformed and more rigorous GCSE examinations, with English Language, English Literature and mathematics marked on a new numerical grading scale of 9-1, with the highest entries awarded a 9.  A key aspect of the new grading system are the two levels of passes that have been introduced by the Department for Education, with  a "standard pass" at grade 4 and a "strong pass" at grade 5.

In the core English and mathematics subjects, an impressive 88.1% of West Buckland pupils achieved a strong pass of 5 or higher.  Results in mathematics were excellent, with over 65% of pupils achieving the top 9-7 grades (equivalent to A*/A).

In the subjects marked on the conventional A* to G scale, 60.3% of exams were awarded the top A* and A grades, 85.6% of entries were passed at A* to B with an overall pass rate at A* to C of 95.2%. 

There were some notable individual achievements, including Ayaka Watanabe who secured five A* grades, two A grades plus 8, 7 and 8 in the English and maths subjects.  Kian Hayles-Cotton also achieved five A*s, two As and 6, 7, 8 whilst Patrick Colville, Tom Dewhurst, John Skinner and Timothy Peng each achieved the top 9 grade in mathematics and between them secured a string of top A* and A grades. 

West Buckland Headmaster Phillip Stapleton says: “GCSEs are a crucial qualification and I am delighted such a large proportion of our Year 11s secured strong passes in English and maths.   Our teachers have worked hard to understand the new specifications and these results will stand our pupils in good stead for the next stage of their education, giving them a wide array of options and opportunities to apply to the best universities.

“It is also pleasing to see so many students receiving excellent grades in subjects across the curriculum.  There have been some wonderful performances with over 80% of grades in Art marked at A* or A; in Chemistry and Physics over 90% scored A*-B and in Music and History 100% of our students gained a B grade or higher.

“These truly excellent results are a testament to our pupils’ hard work and of course the support of families and teachers.  We work hard to provide an education that prepares young people to be curious.  Our small class sizes and nurturing environment gives a personalised education that enables them to achieve to the best of their ability.

“The Year 11s are to be congratulated: I am pleased for all those who have realised or achieved beyond their expectations.”