On Wednesday 21st June, it wasn't just the Queen who visited Parliament to deliver her speech as part of the State Opening of Parliament, but also a group of West Buckland A-level economics students.
The students met with local MP, Peter Heaton-Jones, who outlined his roles as an MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department of Work & Pensions and their links to economic policy.
Mr Heaton-Jones was then gave the students a mini-tour of the Palace of Westminster, which included privileged access to the unscreened gallery during the Queen's Speech debate.
The trip to London also included a visit to the Bank of England Museum, a briefing on the economy from investment fund managers Smith & Williamson and concluded with taking in panoramic views of the City of London from SkyGarden.
Year 5 and 6 pupils from West Buckland School gave a good account of themselves in the North Devon Schools Tennis Tournament held at Tarka Tennis on Wednesday 21st June. Zak Allaway and Wilbur Guildford, both in Year 6, emerged was winners in the B competition with a victory over Caen Primary School after comfortably winning their pool round of matches and semi-final.
The C team competition saw Year 5 pupils Oli George and Henry Willes face several older pairings. Determination and good teamwork enabled them to progress to the semi-final where they recorded a win over players from Goodleigh Primary. They went on to face another pairing from Caen in the final, where after a closely fought contest they finished as Runners Up.
Competing in the A competition, Mimi Heath in Year 6 and Evie Ford, Year 5, did not make it to the final stages but won the majority of their matches and faced some of the best young players on the North Devon circuit.
West Buckland School’s U13 first XI were crowned county cricket champions on Wednesday 21st June after defeating Mount Kelly in the Devon Cricket U13 T20 Cup Final. Played at Sandford Cricket Club near Crediton, the West Buckland boys won by 32 runs, after making 132-8, with Ed Broggio in Year 7 top scoring with 27 runs not out. Henry Cooper in Year 8 then took three wickets for 15 runs as Mount Kelly were reduced to 100-9. Man of the match was Henry Cooper who also contributed 22 runs with the bat, in addition to his three wickets.
Our U14 cricket team also made their county final after an excellent win against local rivals Shebbear on Monday 19th June. The final was played at West Buckland on Thursday 22nd June against Blundell’s School. Despite some good performances, West Buckland finished runners up after Blundell’s put in a strong batting display, scoring 167-5, with the West Buckland XI managing 103 in reply.
This was the first year any West Buckland teams had progressed to the finals of this tournament and both teams can be proud of their excellent achievements.
With the changes to the A-level structure, and the removal of the AS exams, students in the Sixth Form will be undertaking the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) to run alongside their A-level studies.
The EPQ, which is a research-based project, is highly favoured by many universities and employers and carry the equivalent of half an A-level. In addition, they are seen to be a very useful introduction to university studies, developing time management and an approach to independent learning.
Our Year 12 students, embarking on their EPQ journey, yesterday enjoyed a day learning about research techniques and referencing, including interesting talks on how to construct and structure an EPQ from Emma Thompson, from the University of Southampton.