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West Buckland Prep entered four teams into last week's North Devon Year 2 Tennis Tournament at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple, with the A and B team doing exceptionally well, overcoming all opposition in their respective pools and semi-finals, to meet each other in the finals.

Twenty two teams entered the competition, with teams playing round robin matches in their pools before the top teams meeting in the semi-finals.  Having won their pools, the A team then had a good win against Ilfracombe to reach the finals, with the B team doing similarly with a win over North Molton.

Head of Tennis, Rachel Thompson, wants to encourage more of our students to play as often as possible over the summer, with a number of excellent initiatives available.

"Summer holidays are just around the corner and I hope the sunshine makes you want to pick up a racket and get out on court!

#GoHitIt is all about helping you to make that happen.  The LTA is helping the nation to find courts, but look no further as West Buckland School is also helping you with this.

Outside courts at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple are free for you to book throughout the year.  This 'school family' initiative is there to help make playing tennis easy.

Pupils with less tennis experience - Years 7-10, have, this term, been enjoying some extra coaching at school during lunch time with Lucy from Tarka.  It's surprising how quickly your skills can develop.

Develop the basics, play singles or doubles, spend time as a family #GoHitIt

Have a great summer!"


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The younger Prep children were delighted to have a visit from Jayne Spires, a local children’s author, who came to school to run two workshops, one with Prep 2 children and the other with Rec and P1 combined. 

Jayne’s workshop was based around her story ‘George the Pie-Rat’, a book about a friendly, pie-loving rat who takes to the high seas for adventure.  The book has been illustrated by Jayne, using pencil crayons, and the children were able admire her fabulous drawings.

As well as listening to Jayne read the exciting story, the children had their own adventures, illustrating their own ships with supplies and crew.


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The Year 13 Leavers’ Ball took place at High Bullen Hotel on a gloriously warm evening under blue skies. The evening is the culmination of their final year at West Buckland and is a chance for parents and pupils alike to look back with a certain amount of nostalgia at their school life and celebrate what lies ahead as they prepare for their university and career experiences.

The Ball is always an opportunity for the students to get dressed up and the students all looked fabulous which was nothing less than the evening deserved.

A highlight of the evening was a fantastic and very entertaining presentation by Head and Deputy Head of School, Katie Hevingham and Anson Tai, including a slide show of photos from the year group’s early years, video messages from teachers who were not able to attend the evening, mentions of achievements, sporting and otherwise, over the years and a nod to those former contemporaries who were no longer at the school.

Many thanks must go to everyone who organised the evening. For more photos, please visit our Facebook page.



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Whilst a record breaking 40 pupils are currently working towards their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards, six Year 13 students this week received their Gold Award badges prior to being invited to Buckingham Palace to receive their certificates later this summer.

Congratulations to Lucy Friend, Yasmin Wafai, Anson Tai, Tabby Waldron, John Hancock and Holly Comer.

The Outdoor Learning department has been extremely busy this year and, in addition to entering two teams for the recent Ten Tors Challenge, this year has seen 120 students working towards either gold, silver or bronze awards, which is an extremely impressive number.  Many thanks to Mr Hathway and his team of staff who have done such an excellent job organising the expeditions this year.