Monday 05 December

Improvements to Catering

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This summer we engaged one of the leading independent school catering providers, Holroyd Howe, to provide the catering service on behalf of West Buckland.  Over this term there have been significant improvements to the food we provide to our children and every day there is a variety and consistently high-level of quality and nutritious school meals.

As part of our exciting ongoing developments and improvements to the catering provision at West Buckland, we have plans to significantly enhance the wonderful Karslake dining hall.  We will be preserving many of the original features, including the tables and chairs, but plan to make improvements to the servery areas and décor, which will help us as we seek to provide a high quality dining experience for all.

Pupils, parents, staff and alumni are welcome to attend our consultation day on Tuesday 13th December between 1400-1500 in the Karslake Hall.  This day will provide the opportunity to view the plans and speak with members of staff and governors who will be available throughout the afternoon.

For those unable to attend, any views can also be given via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can view the design proposal here

year 7 and 8 disco poster


This year’s Sixth Form Charities Committee has chosen Teenager Cancer Trust as their chosen charity for the year and their fund raising plans will kick off with a Year 7 and 8 Disco in the 150 Theatre on Tuesday 13th December, always a popular event in the school calendar.

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ The Committee will be looking to raise a substantial sum for the charity that provides vital care for these young cancer sufferers.

As well as the disco, there will be a Christmas Jumper Day on Wednesday 14th December, with each pupil and staff member donating a £1 to have the privilege of wearing the most garish seasonal knitwear they can lay their hands on!

There will also be a Table Top Sale and a Vintage Clothes Sale next term, dates to be confirmed but these are always very popular events and the Committee are hoping these will raise significant funds.

Collections will also be made during the interval of the Sixth Form play, Bronte, starting tonight in the 150 Theatre and at the Christmas Carol Services, where the collection will be divided between the Salvation Army, North Devon Hospice and Teenage Cancer Trust.

The West Buckland Charities Committee has a long tradition in raising vital funds for their chosen charities and we are sure that, as in the past, the school community will get behind their efforts this year.


CA illustration 1

The latest edition of the School Magazine, produced entirely by students in the Sixth Form is now available to read, and is a highly entertaining and enlightening read. Our students and staff can access the School Magazine on Firefly. This edition, the first of this academic year, is packed with interesting articles, debate and ideas, as well as some fabulous hand-drawn illustrations by Year 12 pupil Masha Lykova. The magazine examines a wide range of topics including trying to find the answers to why we are always late; the truth behind dinosaur extinction; a fascinating insight into life in Russia, with two very contrasting opinions from our Russian students; book and play reviews and a preview on this week’s exciting Sixth Form play ‘Bronte’; and some extraordinarily delicious looking recipes! And finally, there is the Trump/Clinton debate. We all know how divisive this issue was in the run up to the election, so was it the same amongst a multi-national Parker’s community? What do the students and staff feel that the future holds for a Trump administration? Watch the video to find out. For those who do not have access to our intranet site, we will be featuring some of the articles on our blog page over the next few weeks, beginning with a fascinating look at the importance of the Creative Arts, by Elizabeth Baker.

Prep5 and 6 Tennis Team

Pupils from the Prep school were involved in the Year 5 and 6 North Devon Schools’ Tennis Tournament at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple last Wednesday 23rd November.  Three pairs pf boys and girls were representing the school in the well-attended competition which featured thirty other pairs from schools across the region.

The pairings of Mimi Heath (Prep 6) and Evie Ford (Prep 5) and Wilbur Guildford and Zachary Allaway (both Prep 6) won all their matches in the pool round of the competition ensuring a place in the quarter finals.

Henry Willes and Isaac Worthington (Prep 5) and both in their first full-court competition, managed to win through to the second/third play-offs where they played another six matches.  Working well together, they secure second place.

Zachary and Wilbur were knocked out, against stiff opposition, in the quarter final, but Mimi and Evie managed a win against a strong pair from Caen School to reach the semi-finals.

Against a strong pair of boys from Appledore, they played well together, maintained composure and did themselves proud - finishing the competition in fourth place overall.  A good day out!