Our time at West Buckland School has been a happy one. Ed and Tom both joined at Nursery. We were first attracted to the school by the superb facilities which were set in relaxed and secure rural surroundings. The teachers and the setting gave the children a secure structure in which they were happy to learn both socially and academically. The strong parent/teacher relationships encourage children to take part in the extensive range of activities the school has to offer in new outstanding facilities such as the 150 Art building, Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre and Parker’s Sixth form boarding house. This, coupled with West Buckland’s teaching expertise has meant that activities such as art, sport, music and drama are taught at a very high level. Leadership roles are encouraged through schemes like the Duke of Edinburgh and CCF. There are numerous activities and events that showcase the school - Tom particularly enjoyed singing and acting in the musical productions of Guys and Dolls and West Side Story, while Ed was a keen member of the music department performing in the string orchestra, concert band, jazz orchestra and much more.
The sense of community at West Buckland combined with their education has resulted in them making strong friendship groups which have remained after school, meeting up and holidaying with their old school friends and taking part in the Old West Buckland Association sports events. The education the boys have received, from Nursery through to A-level, has not only been academic, of which we as parents are immensely proud, we believe they have left West Buckland rounded, respectful of others, self-confident and prepared to tackle the next stage of their lives.
Our children have been at West Buckland School from the prep years right through to the sixth form. The school has a cheerful atmosphere and attends to the needs and aspirations of each child treating them as the individuals they are. A strong work ethic has been instilled in the children meaning they can achieve their potential both now and in the future. I particularly like the wide range of pupils at the school both in terms of background and academic ability. All the children are encouraged to strive for what they want to achieve be it sporting, musical or dramatic prowess and university, military or other careers. In short, I would have no hesitation in recommending a West Buckland education.
Our three boys have all attended West Buckland School from the age of 10. We have been impressed with the way the school challenges and inspires its pupils to high levels of achievement, sometimes stretching them to try things they did not realise they could do. At the same time, we have always found the staff to be caring and helpful. The academic achievements at the school are impressive, and we feel confident that our boys have been supported and encouraged to attain the very best grades they are capable of, both academically and musically. The school ethos allows each pupil to retain his or her individuality, but at the same time, the children learn the importance of teamwork and shared enterprise. By the end of the sixth form, it is a delight to see how the pupils have matured into articulate, confident and outgoing young adults, ready to cope with whatever the future holds. Thank you West Buckland School.