Jong Art Group Exhibition

Jong Art Group Exhibition

17 Dec 2018

In response to the art trip to St. Ives during half term, Year 12 students... Read more

Thank You To Our Calendar Sponsors

Thank You To Our…

17 Dec 2018

Thank you to those who kindly sponsored a month in the Charities Committee calendar: Whitehall Dental... Read more

Jong Art Group Exhibition

Jong Art Group Exhib…

17 Dec 2018

In response to the art trip to St. Ives during... Read more

Thank You To Our Calendar Sponsors

Thank You To Our Cal…

17 Dec 2018

Thank you to those who kindly sponsored a month in... Read more

Prep's End of Term Glee Performance

Prep's End of Term G…

14 Dec 2018

Prep School pupils finished on a high and marked the... Read more

Drama Festival Awards

Drama Festival Award…

14 Dec 2018

This is the ninth year of the annual 150 Theatre... 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

  • Emily - Year 13

    emily woods

    I joined West Buckland prep school in Year 4 and am now a weekly boarder in Year 13, making the most of the incredible new sixth form facilities. Parker's not only offers us a friendly community to live in but also a perfect social space for sixth form day pupils to spend lunchtimes and study periods.

    Life studying A-levels, whilst participating in many extra-curricular activities, can be challenging but being able to board has allowed me to organise my time well. In particular, I'm very involved with the school's dynamic music department and have been part of the senior school orchestra and choir since Year 7. I play the piano and the violin and like that there are many opportunities to play in formal and informal concerts throughout the year.

    I am studying Spanish, English and Philosophy and overall, feel that my teachers and the careers information available are giving me an ideal pathway to further education.

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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

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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Boarders return

06 January @ TBC -

Term begins

07 January @ 08:40 -

PA Meeting (Clubroom)

09 January @ 19:00 -

Our Fabulous Campus

In Form 2018

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