Success In Senior Climbing Competition

Success In Senior Climbing…

21 Nov 2018

WBS came in 4th place overall at the Senior Inter-Schools Climbing competition held at Rock... Read more

Prep Nature Detectives

Prep Nature Detectives

21 Nov 2018

Prep pupils spent some time outdoors learning about nature and their local wildlife. They cleared... Read more

Success In Senior Climbing Competition

Success In Senior Cl…

21 Nov 2018

WBS came in 4th place overall at the Senior Inter-Schools... Read more

Prep Nature Detectives

Prep Nature Detectiv…

21 Nov 2018

Prep pupils spent some time outdoors learning about nature and... Read more

Year 7 and 8 Support Shoebox Appeal

Year 7 and 8 Support…

20 Nov 2018

All Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in the... Read more

Annual Phoenix Debate

Annual Phoenix Debat…

20 Nov 2018

Last Friday saw the Sixth Form take on the OWBA... 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

  • Ben – Year 10

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    I joined West Buckland School in Year 2, and have enjoyed every year since then. It has definitely given me the courage to expand my ideas and dreams and discover the potential in me. For me, school is a great opportunity to meet new people, become good at something and even find out what you’re not so good at!

    I never thought West Buckland would be such a wonderful place to learn. After lessons end, I always look forward to the next activity. Whether its playing rugby in the pouring rain, playing my clarinet with a band or perfecting my dive in the pool. I have been lucky enough to play in school matches, which is a great experience and a privilege to be able to support our teams. With music, I’ve found an instrument I want to play and have reached Grade 5. I have also been able to go to Belgium with the music department where I had the opportunity to play music in public, abroad for the first time!

    At the moment I enjoy everything about this school and hope to broaden my interests further in the future. Whether it’s art, academic or sports related, I will always be helped by the school. In older years, I am looking forward for DofE, getting better at my sport, excelling in music, and maybe even be a boarder.

    I have definitely been drawn to West Buckland life. I am really thankful to everyone within our community.

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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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Netball: Girls-U14A V County Tournament

21 November @ 08:30 -
(tbc)

Tennis: Mixed-U11A V Year 5 & 6 ND Schools' Tournament

21 November @ 10:00 -
(Neutral)

Year 12 Medical Careers Event, NDDH (Rtn 17:45)

21 November @ 13:15 -

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In Form 2018

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