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West Buckland School, in coordination with the North Devon Astronomical Society, will once again host the Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture and Black Tie Dinner on Friday 8th June 2018. This year's lecture will be given by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, perhaps the world's most famous female scientist, who started her career by discovering pulsars while at Cambridge University.

The annual event is always popular with students, parents and the wider community and this year's event promises to be the best yet.

Tickets for the black tie meal and lecture, served in The Karslake Hall at 6pm, are £25 for a single and £45 for a double ticket. For those just wanting to attend the lecture, which takes place at 7.45pm in the 150 theatre, the price is £5 and free for students.

For further information and to purchase tickets, please contact Andrew Watkinson-Trim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the main school office 01598 760281. Cheques should be made payable to West Buckland School and tickets purchased no later than Friday 25th May 2018.

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WBS students were commended and awarded for their efforts at the North Devon Manufacturers Awards, held at Barnstaple Hotel on the 10th May.

Entries came from schools across North Devon and were judged by designers, manufacturers and retail experts from the industry. Comments from the judges praised the exceptional level of craftmanship and diverse range of techniques used, with all of the students having considered the environment and having used both traditional and more advanced processes reflecting those used in the industry. The standard of work was so high that the judges felt that the products had the opportunity to be sold commercially.

Angus Bardner was awarded 1st prize in his category, winning £100 and a Dartington Crystal trophy.

Nicole Tse was awarded 1st prize in her category, winning £100 and a Dartington Crystal trophy.

Jade Freeman and Sam Wong were runners-up, while Beth Cork and Nathan Chambers were highly commended.

This is a fantastic result for our talented and hard working students. Congratulations!


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Today, the Year 13s received their leavers' hoodies as a joining gift from the Old West Buckland Association (OWBA).  They were presented to students by the President of the OWBA, Ian Blewett.

The current Year 13 will be the very first to login to the OWBA’s new interactive website, which will be launched shortly. This website will be a fantastic networking opportunity, engaging with Alumni, former staff and friends of the school and current parents.

It will allow alumni to find and connect with people socially or professionally, view photos and documents from the archives, receive updates and sign up for events.

The OWBA are looking forward to hosting their annual Sports event at the school on 23 June 2018.

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We were absolutely delighted to be joined last night by two of our former pupils who provided us with a truly special evening in the second concert of our Alumni Concert series.

Matthew Leung (2003 -11 F) and Ming Liu (2004 - 2006 F), both highly talented and successful musicians, treated the audience to an exciting and varied programme which included pieces by Schubert, Frank Martin and Chinese composer Pei Xun Chen.

After leaving West Buckland, having taken up the flute at the age of 11, Matthew moved on to the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance for his undergraduate studies.  Since then he has performed in numerous masterclasses with eminent flautists.

After leaving West Buckland, Ming accepted a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music and has won numerous awards in music competitions around the country.