u16 area winners

The U16 Netball squad are North Devon champions after winning the area round of the England Netball National Schools competition. 

Ten schools from across North Devon attended the event, and were split into two groups. The newly formed squad were drawn first against Shebbear College. Here the attack was led by captain, Grace Wilton, who helped her team put a convincing 13 goals past the opposition. This strong attacking performance was teamed with a formidable defensive unit of Phoebe Banbury, Charlotte Turner and Daisy Jefferies and meant that they also kept a clean sheet for their first match. 

A 18-2 victory over Ilfracombe showed that the team were now in the swing of things with some creative through-court linkage from Holly Crosbie, Tiger Redmore and Kerry French. The penultimate game of the group was against Holsworthy where Katie Woods and Isobel Skinner had a chance to shine in attack, increasing their score record to 22-0. The final group game was against South Molton, which they won 22-1.

In the semi-final against Bideford College, the girls started the game confidently finished the match 15-1 winners. 

The final was a nail-biter against local netball rivals Park School. After a close first half, the team dug deep and finished with a 8-6 win. The young team played some excellent netball and showed that all their hard work and early morning training had paid off! They now qualify for the County finals as area winners.

persephone allaway

Year 9 Persephone Allaway successfully auditioned for the National Children's Orchestra, having closely missed out on previous attempts.  Her perseverance paid off and she is thoroughly enjoying this unique experience.

Read her blog to find out about her exciting time with what is one of the most prestigious and revered organisations for young talented musicians.

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samaritans purse

Nearly 100 Christmas Boxes have donated by Years 7 and 8 pupils and parents, this year, for the Samaritans’ Purse annual appeal. Students were asked to make up a gift box with non-perishable items which will be distributed to disadvantaged children around the world. Mrs Julia Harvey, a former member of staff and member of Grosvenor Church Barnstaple, spoke to the students at a special assembly and demonstrated what items could be included. Completed boxes are distributed worldwide by Grosvenor Church to approximately one hundred and fifty countries. This year there has been a  really impressive response from the school and their families with nearly a hundred boxes completed! The ‘wall of boxes’ made a very colour display in the reception area before being collected. A sincere thank you to the students of these two year groups, their parents and tutors, for their generous response.

remembrance day


One hundred years after West Buckland's first Remembrance Service, the  school stopped to remember and honour those lost in both World Wars. The moving service, led by Reverend Paul Bryce and Miss Elma Rushe, began in the Memorial Hall, during which President of the OWBA Colonel Ian Blewett, read the West Buckland School roll of honour while the Chapel Choir sang 'Let all mortal flesh keep silence'. 

Housemaster and History teacher, Mr Chris Allin, explained to the congregation that, from the records, it seems that the first Remembrance Service was held at school exactly 100 years ago, co-inciding with the year when the school suffered its most casualties, 20 in all.  Accounts of four of those casualties were then read by members of the school CCF, Corporal John Skinner, Corporal Molly Muir, Corporal Kian Hayles-Cotton and Corporal Jagoda Cottingham.  

Recognising the enormous sacrifice made by soldiers from so many countries and celebrating the international friendships we enjoy in the school, the service included prayers read in five different languages: Mr Jean-Patrick Vieu read in French, Frederick Schmitz in German, Lucia Marinez Algas in Spanish, Dusan Lejesevic in Serbian and Yarik Zakharov in Russian.  There were also prayers read by Head of School Tom Smaldon and Head of Boarding, Aria Gorban.

After the service, the Senior school pupils and staff processed outside to the War Memorial where they were joined by the Prep school congregation.  Wreaths were laid by Colonel Blewett, Major David Price and Tom Smaldon and a two minute silence was marked by the playing of The Last Post by Ted Kilvington.

Pupils were then invited to plant their poppies around the War Memorial.

More photos are available on our Facebook page.