Wednesday 18 January

Oxbridge Success

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Whilst many of our Year 13 students are still in the process of waiting to hear from their choses universities to see whether they have offers, we can congratulate Tom Perry, who has received a conditional offer from St Peter’s College, Oxford to do a four-year Physic course.

On the back of his successful application, Tom has taken time to recount his experience of the Oxbridge interview process, something that can be seen to be a rather daunting prospect for prospective Oxbridge candidates.  To read Tom’s account, visit our blog page.

This is an interesting insight into the two-day process and important reading for our younger students who might be thinking of applying in years to come.

Tuesday 17 January

New Boarding Opportunities

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We are very pleased to announce our new Weekly and Flexi boarding rates for the next academic year, which offer adaptability and ease for UK families with busy schedules. 

From September 2017, we are offering a four-night weekly boarding rate of £1,080 per term, whilst our flexi-boarding package of two nights a week will cost £700 per term.

Boarding is increasingly popular for children as they progress through the Senior school.  Boarders in Years 7 to 11 are housed in our boys’ and girls’ boarding houses, Boyer and Bamfylde, where they enjoy a close knit and family atmosphere, under the guidance of our caring Houseparents.  Boarders in the Sixth Form have the benefit of the outstanding single en suite rooms in Parker’s, where they can enjoy the comfortable surroundings whilst having the privacy of their own room and study area.

If you would like to know more about our boarding packages, or would like to sign up for September 2017, please contact Head of Boarding, Dominic Ford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Full details of our new UK weekly and flexi boarding packages from September 2017 are available here

The full fee schedule for academic year 2017-18 will be published from April 2017.

Monday 16 January

An Evening of Opera

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On Friday and Saturday night, audiences were treated to an intimate and excellent production of Marriage of Figaro, performed to an extremely high standard by members of the Sixth Form, under the leadership of Director of Music, Emma Kent.

Accompanied by the Exmoor String Quartet and the West Buckland Senior String Quartet, the Sixth Form Singers performed an abridged version of Mozart’s famous opera, which mixed the original arias with sections of spoken dialogue, taken from the original play by Caron de Beaumarchais, including the introduction of a narrator to explain the extremely convoluted plot!

The small cast of Sixth Form singers captured both the quality and the mood of the opera beautifully, with some extremely strong performances and very convincing acting, accompanied by the two quartets and Prep Director of Music, Dominic Carter on Continuo.

In keeping with the authenticity of the evening, the audience were able to enjoy food and wine during the entertainment but it seems they were marginally more polite and less noisy than those of the 18th and 19th Centuries, when they would chat, walk around and play games during the performance!

For more information, see our Facebook page.

Thursday 12 January

Superb Concert by RAF Band

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Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 were treated to a spectacular concert performed by the Band of the Royal Air Force, with a wonderful repertoire, ranging from the theme from Star Wars, and Bang, Bang by Jessie J, to some well-known and more traditional pieces, which included some beautifully performed solos.

In addition, some of our more senior music students were given the memorable opportunity of playing with the band for a couple of pieces at the end of concert, which was a fantastic honour for them and one which they will remember for a long time.

Memorable also will be the impromptu solo from Mr Ralph on the trombone, as he was invited to come and perform with the band after word got out that he had recently passed his Grade 2 exam!

For the students who were lucky enough to attend the concert, this was a very special event and we were delighted, that pupils from Caen Primary School in Braunton were able to come and join us.

For more photos, please visit our Facebook page.