Last Surf Of The Season

Last Surf Of The…

18 Oct 2018

Prep pupils have been delighted to take part in surfing and coasteering acitvities run by... Read more

Students Take Part In LTA Leader's Award

Students Take Part In…

17 Oct 2018

Senior students took part in a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Leader's Award this half term... Read more

Last Surf Of The Season

Last Surf Of The Sea…

18 Oct 2018

Prep pupils have been delighted to take part in surfing... Read more

Students Take Part In LTA Leader's Award

Students Take Part I…

17 Oct 2018

Senior students took part in a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)... Read more

WBJ At The Two Moors Festival

WBJ At The Two Moors…

16 Oct 2018

On Saturday evening, West Buckland Jazz performed to an audience... Read more

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day

15 Oct 2018

Prep pupils were delighted to come into school dressed as... 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 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

  • 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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Good Schools Guide 2017

"A gem of a school in an exceptional location"

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Boarders return

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Term resumes

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18:30 Year 13 Spanish Students’ Film Night (Clubroom)

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In Form 2018

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