A Win For The Rugby 1XV

A Win For The…

14 Nov 2018

Last weekend saw the 1XV Rugby squad take on Plymouth College at home. The team... Read more

Councillor Speed Dating

Councillor Speed Dating

13 Nov 2018

Last week, Sixth Form students had the opportunity to quiz local North Devon councillors in... 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

The Ever-Vibrant Performing Arts

The Ever-Vibrant Per…

12 Nov 2018

There is much going on within our Performing Arts departments... Read more

Next Round For U16 Netball Team

Next Round For U16 N…

09 Nov 2018

After convincing wins, the U16 performance netball team are through... 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

  • Reuben - Year 10

    Reuben Windley profile

    My name is Reuben and I am in Year 10. I have been at West Buckland School since I was four years old. 

    What I love about this school is how busy it keeps me! There is so much to do and so many opportunities to try new things. I am a keen sportsman and musician but I also love playing chess and singing in the Junior Boys Choir. I can do all of these things here at school because of the great facilities and enthusiastic and dedicated teachers. Doing all this means I get to meet lots of people of different nationalities and ages and learn many positive things from these experiences.

    As I progress through school I look forward to the challenges that the Outdoor Adventure Department offers and hope to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and The Ten Tors Challenge. I know I am very lucky to be studying here.

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Parent Testimonials

  • Graham and Samantha Smaldon (1999-2018) Nursery, Prep and Senior School

    2018 family photo

    Our time at West Buckland School has been a happy one.  Ed and Tom both joined at Nursery.  We were first attracted to the school by the superb facilities which were set in relaxed and secure rural surroundings.  The teachers and the setting gave the children a secure structure in which they were happy to learn both socially and academically.  The strong parent/teacher relationships encourage children to take part in the extensive range of activities the school has to offer in new outstanding facilities such as the 150 Art building, Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre and Parker’s Sixth form boarding house.  This, coupled with West Buckland’s teaching expertise has meant that activities such as art, sport, music and drama are taught at a very high level. Leadership roles are encouraged through schemes like the Duke of Edinburgh and CCF.  There are numerous activities and events that showcase the school - Tom particularly enjoyed singing and acting in the musical productions of Guys and Dolls and West Side Story, while Ed was a keen member of the music department performing in the string orchestra, concert band, jazz orchestra and much more.

    The sense of community at West Buckland combined with their education has resulted in them making strong friendship groups which have remained after school, meeting up and holidaying with their old school friends and taking part in the Old West Buckland Association sports events.  The education the boys have received, from Nursery through to A-level, has not only been academic, of which we as parents are immensely proud, we believe they have left West Buckland rounded, respectful of others, self-confident and prepared to tackle the next stage of their lives.

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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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Behind Bars Psychology Conference (4 Yr 13 pupils) (Petroc, rtn 1630)

15 November @ 08:45 -

Hockey: Clifton College V 1st XI

15 November @ 10:20 -
Main College Site. (Away)

Senior Maths Team Challenge (Yr 12 &13), Exmouth (Return 17:30)

15 November @ 10:30 -

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In Form 2018

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