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West Buckland has been described as a “gem of a school in an exceptional location” in a recent review by the Good Schools Guide.  The guide aimed at parents looking for the right school for their children and which visits and reports on state and independent schools the length and breadth of the country, also observed that the pupils were unpretentious and notably down-to-earth.

The report gives detailed descriptions on all aspects of the school life, notes the school’s excellent facilities and is very complimentary about the pupils’ manners and attitude. It also reports on how there is universal praise for the school’s friendly atmosphere with just the “right balance of formality and friendliness”.

Headmaster, Phillip Stapleton, is delighted with the report. “I feel that the school has got the recognition that it deserves. Hopefully this report will tell the wider world what an amazing place West Buckland is and raise the profile of this wonderful school.”

Click here to read the full report.

Wednesday 01 November

From Hogwarts to King Lear


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Forty eight students from Years 9 and 10 enjoyed a magical trip to London during half term.  Their first stop was a visit to the famous Globe theatre where they looked around the museum and were lucky enough to watch a ‘warm-up’ for the performance of King Lear, to be performed later that day.

Highlights of the trip also included visits to the West End hit musicals ‘Matilda’ and ‘The Lion King’ and Harry Potter World, complete with the new Forbidden Forest feature, with plenty of Butter Beer and Bertie Botts Every Flavour Jelly Beans!

This really was an amazing, and action-packed, trip to the big smoke.  Many thanks to the accompanying staff members who helped to make it such a success.

Tuesday 31 October

Cultural Adventure in Rome


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The pupils and staff are all back at school after a busy half term which saw a number of exciting and cultural trips, including a fantastic visit to Rome for some lucky students in the Senior School.

Under cloudless skies, the tour group enjoyed a walking tour of the city, taking in such iconic sites as the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.  This was followed, the next day, with a visit to the Vatican Museum and St Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum.

The trip was rounded off with a drive up into the hills surrounding Rome, to the beautiful hilltop town of Assisi, where St Francis lived. The group visited the hermitage where he stayed and found out about his and St Clare's lives as well as seeing some fascinating relics, such as his hair shirt!

Overall, this was a fantastic and fascinating visit and many thanks must go Mrs Plummer, Mr Watkinson-Trim and Mr McKerrow for organising and running the trip.

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.


year 3 4 autumn 2017 winners

year 3 4 autumn 2017


A tennis team from West Buckland Prep School have been crowned North Devon Champions, following the North Devon Schools' Winter Year 3 & 4 Tournament at the Tarka Tennis Centre on Wednesday 18th October.

Over 16 teams meant that there were plenty of matches.  The West Buckland team played strongly through the pool rounds, comfortably winning.  In the quarter-final and semi-final rounds, the competition was stronger, but the team demonstrated depth to their talent, winning all their matches.  In the final against Fremington Primary School, there were some good matches requiring patience and tactical intelligence and the West Buckland team finally prevailed. Well done to the team of Tommy Wilson, Lincoln Boden, Eric Lorimer, Freddie Tucker and Freddie Lloyd, who finished as North Devon Champions and thank you to Year 12 Harry Sampson who helped to support the team and umpired throughout the day.