kelsie cooling

Sixth Former Kelsie Cooling will be heading off to Seoul, South Korea on 20th September, equipped with her cello, to join the rest of the North Devon Sinfonia who will be representing the UK in the prestigious South Korea Music Festival.  Joining her on the trip will be Director of Music Emma Kent who will be conducting and former pupil Laura Wormington.

The trip follows on from their success in last year’s BBC 2s All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge, when the North Devon Sinfonia, featuring a number of our pupils, past and present. Their prize for winning was an incredible opportunity to play at the BBC Proms in the Park in Hyde Park, London, in front of an audience of 40,000.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Kelsie and the rest of the orchestra, both musically and culturally and we will look forward to hearing about it on her return to school later in the month.

Wednesday 13 September

Riding Team Jump to Success

60cm team photo

A team of young riders from West Buckland School have come first in the 60cm class in the North Devon Show Jumping League Championships, which concluded last weekend.  The team have accumulated their points in competitions over the past few months and have worked incredibly hard to get themselves and their ponies in top form.

The team consisted of Isobel Skinner in Year 11, Katie Miles and Louise Cotton, in Year 10, Daisy Cotton and Charlie Pocock, in Year 8 and Harry Pocock in Year 7.  In addition to the outstanding team performance, there was individual success with Katie achieving 2nd place, Harry 6th and Daisy 8th.  This was particular pleasing as there were over 250 competitors taking part from local schools.

Many thanks to Michelle Pocock and Miss Hannah for supporting the team throughout the summer months.

showjumping 60cm team




As part of our exciting and very varied new co-curricular programme, the Outdoor Learning department has got off to a flying start.  Last weekend Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in an overnight camp at a local Scout Campsite where they were challenged to meet new friends, try activities and work as a team. Supported by their class tutors they were encouraged to complete an underground maze of tunnels, tackle an assault course and sleep under the stars.

Despite some soggy weather, they sang and cooked marshmallows around the camp fire while making friendships and memories that they will remember through their school journey and hopefully beyond.

Year 8 challenged themselves to try surfing and beach fitness with Nick Thorn surf school.  Following that, back at camp, they also took part in the underground maze task and completed the assault course, getting rather wet and muddy in the process.

Around the camp fire, they were led in fine song by our new Assistant Director of Music Mr Burstow, who accompanied the singing on his ukulele!

Pupils throughout the school will be participating in an extremely busy and varied co-curricular schedule this term which will offer opportunities to take part in a number of activities after school and in their lunch breaks. 

More photos available on our Facebook page.

Monday 11 September

A Great Day of OWBA Sports

owba hockey

owba rugby

Despite the weather forecast threatening to make it a rather damp affair, the OWBA Sports day was a tremendous success with some very competitive sport mingled with a great deal of catching up with old friends.

Matches were held in shooting, netball and girls hockey, followed by an OWBA v Barnstaple Barbarians rugby match, layed under increasingly grey and threatening skies.

Faces old and new mingled under the shelter of the marquee and enjoyed the bar and hot pasties before the Loving Cup was presented by the Headmaster to Jamie Conchie, outgoing President of the OWBA, and representing the OWBA teams who were this year’s winners of the cup.

The day also saw the inauguration of Ian Blewett (72-78G) as the new President of the OWBA, taking over the reins from Jamie Conchie, who has done a fantastic President for the past year.

For more photos, visit our Facebook page.