Admissions and Entry

Applications still considered for September 2017

West Buckland School is an established co-educational HMC school educating pupils from the age of 3 to 18. The two schools that form West Buckland School operate a common Admissions Policy.

Our overriding aim is to prepare our students for the future. Our education recognises the importance of results but extends beyond the classroom, aiming to unlock potential so that each child achieves their personal best.

We are also able to offer bespoke and World class programmes for International Students, both short stay and long term, more information is available in the international section of our website.

Contact us

Register with the school by contacting the admissions office on 01598 760281 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International enquiries should be addressed to Mrs Lorraine Millar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A copy of our registration form can also be downloaded here

Arrange a visit

The best advice we can give, if you are interested in a West Buckland education for your child, is to visit us.  We recommend that you arrange a personal visit to meet the Headmaster and tour the school, and/or attend one of our official open events:

Monday 1st May 2017 – Open Day

Entry Criteria & Procedure

Our priority is to find the right programme of education for your child.  Entry assessments enable us to offer you good advice.

Entry StageCriteriaProcess
Nursery & Reception None Visit
Tour with Headmaster
Years 1-2 Potential and suitability Visit
Tour with Headmaster
Years 3-6 Potential and suitability Review of reading, writing and maths ability
Discussion with Headmaster
Year 7 Potential to achieve at least an average of 5.0 at GCSE Assessments in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning
Meet with Headmaster
Years 8-11 Potential to achieve at least an average of 5.0 at GCSE Assessments in English, Maths and other subject as necessary
Meet with Headmaster
Sixth Form Certain A-level courses require specific grades and an average of 5.0 in GCSE exams Offer based on current performance and potential
Interview with Headmaster

Financial Assistance

The school attempts to make it possible for as many children as possible to benefit from a West Buckland Education. In addition to sibling discounts there are three other routes to secure financial assistance with the tuition fees. 

  1. Scholarships.
  2. Foundation Bursaries. Two 100% free places to children joining Year 7 and two 100% place for entry into Sixth Form
  3. Means Tested Bursaries. Based on proven financial need

Scholarship assessments are carried out as follows:

  Application DeadlineAssessment Date
11+ Academic Scholarships & Entrance Assessment Friday 6 January Saturday 21 January
  Sport and Music Friday 6 January Thursday 26 January
16+ Art, Boarding, Sport and Music Monday 5 December Thursday 26 January
  Academic Scholarships Monday 5 December Saturday 21 January

Confirmation

Acceptance of a place at West Buckland is confirmed through a refundable deposit and subject to them satisfying the relevant entrance requirements.

Further details about admissions and entry are available in our entry criteria policy available here.