The Ever-Vibrant Performing Arts

The Ever-Vibrant Performing Arts

12 Nov 2018

There is much going on within our Performing Arts departments, with rehearsals in full swing... Read more

Next Round For U16 Netball Team

Next Round For U16…

09 Nov 2018

After convincing wins, the U16 performance netball team are through to the next round of... 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

Prep 6 Study World War One

Prep 6 Study World W…

09 Nov 2018

Prep 6 pupils have been studying World War One this... Read more

Artists' Trip To St. Ives

Artists' Trip To St…

08 Nov 2018

During half term, Sixth Form art students travelled to St... 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

  • Lily - Year 10

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    I'm Lily and I started at West Buckland School in Year 7 and I am currently in Year 10.  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 and night walks and hopefully next year 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

  • Angela Bradshaw (2007 – present) Prep and Senior School


    Our children have been at West Buckland School from the prep years right through to the sixth form. The school has a cheerful atmosphere and attends to the needs and aspirations of each child treating them as the individuals they are. A strong work ethic has been instilled in the children meaning they can achieve their potential both now and in the future. I particularly like the wide range of pupils at the school both in terms of background and academic ability. All the children are encouraged to strive for what they want to achieve be it sporting, musical or dramatic prowess and university, military or other careers. In short, I would have no hesitation in recommending a West Buckland education.

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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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Year 4 Outdoor Maths Activities

13 November @ 09:15 -

Netball: 1st Vll V County Tournament

13 November @ 10:15 -

Swimming: Exeter, Wellington, Queens V Mixed-U18A

13 November @ 16:00 -

Our Fabulous Campus

In Form 2018

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