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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Caoimhe Pettingell to the role of Deputy Head Pastoral.  Caoimhe emerged as the outstanding candidate from a very strong field of 67 candidates and will join us in the Autumn Term 2017 from Millfield School, where she is currently Head of Year in Sixth Form, responding to the pastoral and academic needs of over 300 students.

Caoimhe also  brings previous experience as a Head of Years 10 and 11 as well as being an Assistant Housemistress in a boarding house for five years and a senior tutor, responsible for a team of tutors and the pupils’ academic programme. 

Before joining Millfield, Caoimhe taught Mathematics and PE at Portsmouth Grammar School (years 7-13) and she continues to teach as well as coach netball, hockey, basketball, athletics and assess the Duke of Edinburgh award.

Headmaster Phillip Stapleton says: “Caoimhe brings exactly the right mix of experience, passion and attention to continue the excellent pastoral care students expect at West Buckland.  These are exciting times and Caoimhe’s arrival enables Mr Calder to focus on and develop the co-curricular programme and student leadership”.


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Last night’s Spring Concert was, once again, an evening of delight, with some highly polished performances from musicians and singers of all ages in the Senior School.  Soloists, ensembles, choirs, bands and orchestras all performing under the guidance of Director of Music, Emma Kent, entertained the audience with a wide range of musical genres from the traditional classics to some toe-tapping contemporary.

The evening kicked off with the Chamber Orchestra performance of Alegro ma non tanto by Bach, with Year 13's Nick Loat and David Davies providing solo violin.  The tempo picked up with the Junior Concert Band’s rendition of All That Jazz, from Chicago, followed by a very accomplished performance by the Junior String Quartet of Thoroughly Modern Varnish by Osbourne.  The evening was rounded off by the Senior Concert Band, with Henry Mancini’s Baby Elephant Walk and Perez Prado’s Mambo No. 5.

Alongside the group pieces, there were some excellent solo performances from senior students Nick Loat (violin), Emma Rabicz-Szczerbo (clarinet) and James Russell (piano). 

For the students studying GCSE Music, this was a good warm up before their GCSE performances on 14th March, from 4.20pm, to which all are welcome.  The House Music Competition, traditionally, will be held on the last day of this term, Friday 24th March and we are delighted to welcome Mr Roland Robertson, Director of Music from Prior Park, as guest judge.

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West Buckland School’s U13 boys’ hockey A team produced an excellent display to  win the English Hockey inter-schools County tournament at Marjons on Monday 6th March and will now go on to the Regional tournament at Milfield later this month. The B team also had a great tournament, exceeding expectations to finish fourth overall.

The A team’s journey into the Regional round saw them score an outstanding twenty goals whilst keeping a clean sheet throughout the tournament.  In the round robin stage after beating Exeter School Bs 2-0, they drew 0-0 with South Dartmoor and then beat St Boniface 30 and Plymstock 2-0. 

They then advanced to the knock-out stages where they beat Mount Kelly 3-0, West Buckland’s B team 5-0 and then won the final beating Exeter School As, convincingly, 5-0.

The B team rallied after losing their first match 1-0 to Exeter School Bs, they beat King’s Hall 1-0, drew with Devonport 0-0 and beat Mount Kelly 1-0.  They eventually lost to their school’s A team in the semi-finals.

Head of Hockey Grant Ward was delighted with the results. "The boys have been working hard all year to test themselves on the county setting, so for them to do this and both teams to perform so admirably is fantastic to see, and a huge credit for all the time the boys have spent out on the pitch. I hope the boys can take this forward to the regional rounds now".

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Our boys’ hockey teams and senior girls’ netball teams battled hard against the elements this weekend in their sports fixtures, with the boys’ showing some excellent match skills to produce an impressive set of results against Downside, winning three of their four matches.

The first and second hockey teams both won, keeping a clean sheet in both matches, whilst the U14s also managed a good win.  The U15s fought hard but came up against a very strong team and unfortunately lost.

The senior netball teams enjoyed a new fixture for this term, against Taunton School, and again had to endure driving wind and rain during their matches.  Despite losing two matches and drawing one, the matches were very exciting, the 3rds in a nail-biting 15-15 draw, and the 2nds being extremely unlucky, losing by just two goals.  This is a fixture that we hope to continue with in the future.