West Buckland hosted 30 pupils for a day's hockey on a newly laid astro pitch last week. Coach, Mr Rudge along with support from students, Harry Sampson, James Tyson and parent, Mr Lansley ran the session covering a number of skills including Hockey Golf, the Tennis Ball Challenge and some small-sided games. Due to its success, Mr Rudge will be looking at other opportunities to organise camps in the future.
Pupils have also been training as part of the Devon Development Centre at Kingsley School with Year 5 and 6 players progressing to represent North Devon and Exeter at the South West Games. Megan Thomas, Etta Vipond, Luke Stapleton, Isaac Worthington, Archie Shawcross and Sandy Carrick all took part with brilliant performances resulting in the girls coming away with the gold and the boys, the bronze. Congratulations to Luke Stapleton, who was selected to compete in the Year 7 World Cup event and gained nomination for County selection on the 23rd September.
As part of Plastic Free Schools, West Buckland and Nurdle.org.uk are running a beach clean at Croyde on Sunday 9th September - meet at the blue surf bus.
Surfers Against Sewage are also holding a beach clean at Saunton Sands.
17 tonnes of litter collected during the Spring beach clean was avoidable single-use plastic, so if you're unable to attend on Sunday 9th then please help us make West Buckland School single-use plastic free by avoiding use of - straws, plastic cutlery, drink bottles, takeaway cups and sauce sachets.
Help us rid the beaches of rubbish!
Two of our students, who have both been at the school since Year 3, have joined an exclusive club of only 730 others, in the country, in achieving a full-house of 9s in their GCSEs exams, with another 23% of students achieving ALL 9-7/A*-A grades.
In total, 53.1% of all grades were passed at 9-7/A*-A, with over 16% of grades awarded at grade 9 (four times the national average). Although most subjects were marked under the new numerical scale of 9-1, a few subjects remained under the old A*-E system.
As with our A-level students, there was much to celebrate from our ‘home grown’ talent. Whilst 81% of our A-level students who started life in the Prep School, achieved A*-B, it was a similar story with the GCSE results. Holly Crosbie and Emma Rawicz-Szczerbo, who got straight 9/A*s, have both come up through West Buckland from the Prep school, benefiting from many years of careful nurturing and excellent personalised learning offered in both Prep and Senior schools.
Whilst Holly will be entering the West Buckland Sixth Form, Emma has been offered a place at the prestigious Chethams School of Music in Manchester, to further her musical ambitions. This comes on the back of her being selected for the Junior Guildhall last year, to study clarinet, and the school were delighted to support her regular trips to London for rehearsals.
There were other notable results, including Fiona Corrick, Edmund Colville, Jerry Chu and Daniil Chernyshov who achieved all 9-8/A*.
Headmaster, Phillip Stapleton, feels that the new grade system suits West Buckland’s style of teaching:
“At West Buckland we encourage students to build on the knowledge given to them, not simply regurgitate facts. The new GCSE examinations suit our approach to learning and I am delighted for all our students who have achieved at or above expectations and therefore secured the opportunity to begin their next chapter.
“These results represent an important step in the students’ educational journey and I am delighted that many have achieved excellent grades. The top level 9 has proved less elusive for our students with over 16% of grades awarded at this level. Emma and Holly’s achievement, in gaining 9s in ALL subjects is extraordinary and sets them among the best in the country, however their success should not overshadow the achievement and application of all our staff and students.”
Sixth Formers have smashed it, achieving the perfect score in their A-levels, with a 100% pass rate! An impressive 78.6% of grades were A* to B with the top 80% of the sixth form cohort achieving a staggering 91% A* to B.
Including Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) results, considered so valuable by the many universities, these figures rise still further. 57% of students taking the EPQ achieved to A* to A.
Amongst the impressive overall performance have been some outstanding individual achievements. From a cohort of 50 students, 13 achieved straight A*/A grades, with five achieving three or more A*s. A special mention goes to Ethan Cobb and Ottilie Kuehne who both achieved three A*s, with an additional A* in their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Ethan will be taking a place at the University of Birmingham to read Liberal Arts and Sciences whilst Ottilie will be going to the University of Bath to read Psychology.
Close on their heels and equally impressive were Jamie Dennis and Yuki Shen (two A*s and two As), Jemima Hedley-Piggins and Harry Palmer who both gained two A*s and one A and Tom Smaldon who gained one A* and two As whilst carrying the added responsibility of being Head of School! They, amongst others, will be taking up places at some of our best universities including Imperial College, Durham University, University of Southampton and University of Manchester.
But it's not just the top achievers, many of our students have exceeded their personal goals and expectations, securing places at their chosen destination. Top tennis player, Brad Phillips and Head Girl, Millie Wilton, both outperformed their expectations, have entered 'adjustment' and are looking forward to exciting futures with confidence.
Headmaster, Mr Stapleton says:
"This is a wonderful day and I am delighted for all those who have secured their chosen course. They leave us as young men and women ready to make a difference and I am genuinely excited about what they might go on to achieve in the future.
Of course, this did not happen by accident. This day has been four years in the making and two years in the preparation. Careers advice, visiting lecturers, targeted conversations, individual support from alumni all serve to inspire curiosity in our students. Their dreams and choice of subjects or university course were crafted through focused diligence, a tailored curriculum and excellent teaching.
Congratulations to all involved: staff, parents and of course the students. I hope they enjoy their moment in the sun and what is to come."