Magnus C-B Selected for Lambs U18 National Squad

Magnus C-B Selected for…

18 Jan 2019

Congratulations to Year 13, Magnus C-B who has been selected to join the Independent Schools... Read more

Boarders Meet England Rugby International

Boarders Meet England Rugby…

14 Jan 2019

Our boarders took part in a very special photo call at the home ground of... Read more

Magnus C-B Selected for Lambs U18 National Squad

Magnus C-B Selected …

18 Jan 2019

Congratulations to Year 13, Magnus C-B who has been selected... Read more

Boarders Meet England Rugby International

Boarders Meet Englan…

14 Jan 2019

Our boarders took part in a very special photo call... Read more

Dr Peter Vardy - An Evening Talk To Parents

Dr Peter Vardy - An …

10 Jan 2019

Parents are invited to a talk given by Dr Peter... Read more

Anna Talks At Young Marine Biologist Summit

Anna Talks At Young …

09 Jan 2019

Well done to Year 8, Anna W who recently stood... 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-levels:

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

GCSE:

  • 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

  • Lily - Year 11

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    I'm Lily and I started at West Buckland School in Year 7 and I am currently in Year 11.  My old school was in the city so we had to travel to the sports pitches but it is so much easier to walk to all the pitches here.

    I really like the facilities and opportunities at West Buckland. I enjoy playing hockey and swimming and we get to play in regular matches and swim in galas for the school. I am learning to play the flute, working towards my grade 3 and I am involved with the Junior Concert Band. I have just started to do CCF and Duke of Edinburgh and I am looking forward to the camping, night walks and the Ten Tors. The school has one big performance or musical every year and I've been lucky enough to be involved with Grease and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

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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

Year 7 Entrance Assessment Dates:

19th January 2019 and 9th March 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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Week of Sports Scholarships

21 January @ All Day -

Guy Hopson Cup: Launch & Entry Deadline

21 January @ 09:00 -

Years 7-9 Spanish Oral Examinations (all week)

21 January @ 09:00 -

Our Fabulous Campus

In Form 2018

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