West Buckland aims to be as accessible as possible to boys and girls who would benefit from the education and all round academic, cultural, sporting and extra-curricular opportunities.
The Governors of the school recognise that many of its parents have to make significant personal sacrifices to secure their children’s education. School fees are reviewed annually and are set at levels which represent excellent value for money in light of the opportunities provided by the school.
In some instances, fee remission is available to families applying to West Buckland. Our financial awards fall in to two categories, scholarships awards and bursaries.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. Awards are not means-tested and are open to internal and external candidates.
Each year there are approximately 20-25 scholarship awards available across the three year groups – Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12. Parents should note that whatever the category of scholarship (academic, sport, music, art), awards are typically up to a value of 10% of fees. Pupils awarded a scholarship are entitled to apply for a means tested bursary if further assistance is needed.
All awards are reviewed annually and are tenable until the end of Year 11 for 11+ and 13+ awards, or the end of Year 13 for 16+. Pupils awarded a scholarship will be expected to perform strongly in the area of their award and make a significant contribution to the life of the school in general.
|11+||Awarded to the top performing internal and external candidates on the results of the entrance assessment into Year 7, which takes place in January for entry the following academic year||
Entrance Assessment 20th January 2018
Deadline for registering Friday 12th January
Awarded to external UK candidates on the results of the entrance assessment for entry into Year 9 the following academic year.
Deadline Friday 12th January
|Entrance Assessment 20th January 2018|
Awarded to internal and external UK candidates based on performance at GCSE and interview process. Applicants will be asked to supply a hand-written personal statement, most recent school report and predicted GCSE grades, at the time of application.
Deadline Friday 10th November
Saturday 18th November
Deadline Friday 10th November
16+ Academic Scholarships
The West Buckland Sixth Form Academic Scholarship is awarded to internal and external UK candidates.
All students either currently attending West Buckland or joining us from other schools are eligible to apply for Sixth Form Scholarships.
Entry to the Sixth Form is conditional on acquiring a minimum of five GCSE passes at grade 5 or above on the new 9-1 grading scale.
The 2018 Sixth Form Academic Scholarship assessment will be based on a hand-written letter of application to the Headmaster, a thirty-minute academic meeting with the Sixth Form Interview Panel; and a thirty-minute general interview with the Headmaster.
These interviews will take place on Saturday 18 November 2017 and if your application is taken forwards, you will be notified of timings in advance.
To register your interest in a Scholarship - please provide a completed Registration Form and the Registration Fee, the completed Achievements Form, and provide your last academic report.
You will also be required to provide your predicted GCSE grades as soon as they are available.
All documents should be sent as original copies to the West Buckland School Admissions Registrar before Friday 10 November 2017.
Available at 11+ and 16+ to internal and external UK candidates and at 13+ to external UK candidates, based on audition and interview. Music Scholars are expected to achieve at least these standards:
- 11+ principal instrument at Grade 3+, plus second study instrument or the ability to sing;
- 13+ principal instrument at Grade 4/5+ and a second study instrument or the ability to sing;
- 16+ principal instrument at Grade 6/7+ and a second study instrument at Grade 4+ or a good vocal ability.
The Music Scholarship assessments for September 2018 entry will take place on 25th January 2018.
Available at 11+ and 16+ to internal and external UK candidates and at 13+ to external UK candidates, based on assessment and references. Sports Scholars are expected to play a full part of the sporting life of the school, including a commitment to representing the school in at least two major sports teams throughout their time at the school. Loyalty to the school should always take precedence over clubs during term time. Sports Scholars will be role models in both sport and the school community generally.
The Sports Scholarships assessments for September 2018 entry will take place on 25th January 2018. Deadline Wednesday 17th January 5pm
Available at 16+ to an outstanding candidate intending to study art at A-level. The position will be one of responsibility and trust and there will be an expectation that an art scholar will lead by example and assist with the showcasing of art at West Buckland.
Candidates will be required to attend a 30 minute interview with the Head of Art and submit a portfolio of work which should be a minimum of ten pieces. This can come in the form of a traditional portfolio or clear digital images. This can include GCSE pieces and/or other pieces of work that support the application.
The Art Scholarship assessment for September 2018 entry will take place on 25th January 2018.
The Governors are committed to maintaining the breadth of access to West Buckland School by offering to eligible parents/guardians means-tested financial support for the payment of school fees.
Any award is dependent upon academic performance, commitment to the life of the school, and financial need. Such support is known as a Bursary and these may be awarded in the form of a reduction on tuition fees payable, depending on the financial needs and any other relevant circumstances of applicants.
Bursaries are considered only after parents have completed a confidential statement of financial circumstances. This must be accompanied by a letter giving supporting information about the family circumstances now as well as some indication of how these circumstances may develop in the future. Details of bursary awards must remain confidential and any breach by parents may lead to withdrawal of any award offered. All bursaries are subject to annual reassessment and families are required to submit a new statement of financial circumstances by 1st May each year. Any applications received after this date cannot be considered for renewal.
Parents are expected to provide supporting documentation on request. Failure to do so or wilful provision of misleading information will result in the withdrawal of a bursary.
HM Forces Bursaries
We are able to offer bursaries to families from HM Forces who are eligible for Continuation of Education Allowance (CEA).