Street Dancing Available In 2019

Street Dancing Available In…

10 Dec 2018

We are thrilled to announce that Street Dancing classes will be available to students from... Read more

6-0 Win For WBS Football Team

6-0 Win For WBS…

07 Dec 2018

The WBS Football team had a very solid performance against Kingsley School this week. Year... Read more

Street Dancing Available In 2019

Street Dancing Avail…

10 Dec 2018

We are thrilled to announce that Street Dancing classes will... Read more

6-0 Win For WBS Football Team

6-0 Win For WBS Foot…

07 Dec 2018

The WBS Football team had a very solid performance against... Read more

Christmas Around The World

Christmas Around The…

07 Dec 2018

Prep 3 pupils met with some of our international students... Read more

News from Movember

News from Movember

05 Dec 2018

For Movember, Year 13 boys attempted to grow their best... 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

  • Ayaka – Year 12 - Japan

    ayaka watanabe

    Starting my West Buckland life at Year 7 at the bottom of the Senior school and now being Year 13, top of the senior school, the time has flown by with many precious memories both daytimes and within the boarding community. Along with my three A-levels, Chemistry, Physics and Maths, dance has been a huge part of my West Buckland life with a range of genres from ballet to street and jazz. The dance show which happens every year, full of dance talents has been the highlight working with younger students from nursery up to Year 13. Being the only Japanese student in the whole school has given me an interesting experience which I am sure I will value in the future.

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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 Braunton Academy

11 December @ 16:00 -
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Netball: Girls-U13A V Braunton Academy

11 December @ 16:00 -
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Netball: Girls-U12A V Braunton Academy

11 December @ 16:00 -
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In Form 2018

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