U19s Qualify For Netball County Round

U19s Qualify For Netball…

16 Nov 2018

The U19 netball team took part in the North Devon qualifying tournament last week and... Read more

Prep Pupils Get Artistic

Prep Pupils Get Artistic

15 Nov 2018

Last week, Prep pupils showcased their artistic skills. Prep 2 created some fantastic bits of Aboriginal... Read more

U19s Qualify For Netball County Round

U19s Qualify For Net…

16 Nov 2018

The U19 netball team took part in the North Devon... Read more

Prep Pupils Get Artistic

Prep Pupils Get Arti…

15 Nov 2018

Last week, Prep pupils showcased their artistic skills. Prep 2 created... Read more

A Win For The Rugby 1XV

A Win For The Rugby …

14 Nov 2018

Last weekend saw the 1XV Rugby squad take on Plymouth... Read more

Councillor Speed Dating

Councillor Speed Dat…

13 Nov 2018

Last week, Sixth Form students had the opportunity to quiz... Read more

Welcome to West Buckland

The leading independent school in North Devon

West Buckland School was founded in 1858 and is an independent co-ed day and boarding school set in 100 acres of beautiful North Devon countryside in the South West of England.

Today, West Buckland is a vibrant school with a strong supportive community, welcoming 600 children aged from three to eighteen years into our Nursery, Preparatory, Senior School and Sixth Form.

Teaching is challenging and stimulating, and the school has a consistently high record of academic achievement. Our students also benefit from exceptional opportunities in sport, music, the performing arts and a whole host of other extra-curricular activities.

The aims and ethos of our school are to enable all pupils to develop the personal qualities, abilities and values which will prepare them to make the most of their own lives and to contribute to society.

Our students produced outstanding exam results in 2018:


  • A* to A: 48.4% (national average 26.4%)
  • A* to B: 78.6% (national average 51.3%)


  • 53.1% of all grades were passed at 9-7/A*-A
  • 23% of students achieved ALL 9-7/A*-A
  • 2 students achieved all grade 9

Student Profiles

  • Ayaka – Year 12 - Japan

    ayaka watanabe

    Starting my West Buckland life at Year 7 at the bottom of the Senior school and now being Year 13, top of the senior school, the time has flown by with many precious memories both daytimes and within the boarding community. Along with my three A-levels, Chemistry, Physics and Maths, dance has been a huge part of my West Buckland life with a range of genres from ballet to street and jazz. The dance show which happens every year, full of dance talents has been the highlight working with younger students from nursery up to Year 13. Being the only Japanese student in the whole school has given me an interesting experience which I am sure I will value in the future.

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Parent Testimonials

  • Debbie and Philip Loat (2006 – present) Prep and Senior School

    Our three boys have all attended West Buckland School from the age of 10. We have been impressed with the way the school challenges and inspires its pupils to high levels of achievement, sometimes stretching them to try things they did not realise they could do. At the same time, we have always found the staff to be caring and helpful. The academic achievements at the school are impressive, and we feel confident that our boys have been supported and encouraged to attain the very best grades they are capable of, both academically and musically. The school ethos allows each pupil to retain his or her individuality, but at the same time, the children learn the importance of teamwork and shared enterprise. By the end of the sixth form, it is a delight to see how the pupils have matured into articulate, confident and outgoing young adults, ready to cope with whatever the future holds. Thank you West Buckland School.

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Upcoming Open Days & Events

Pre-Prep Activity and Open Morning, 30th November 2018, 10:00am

For more information and to register for the event, please click here

Year 7 Entrance Assessment Dates:
24th November 2018 and 19th January 2019

To register your child for either assessment date, please click here

Good Schools Guide 2017

"A gem of a school in an exceptional location"

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Forthcoming Events

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Hockey: Girls-U9A V Tournament

17 November @ 10:00 -

Rugby Union: Tournament V Boys-U9A

17 November @ 10:00 -

Hockey: Girls-U13A V Wells Cathedral School

17 November @ 10:45 -
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In Form 2018

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