In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school is currently implementing a comprehensive online academic programme for all of our students, using Microsoft Teams. Our aim is to continue to provide this until such time as we are able to open again.
Our Admissions office is still open for enquiries for September 2020 and beyond.
The school will continue to support the North Devon community through provision of PPE and practical help, as long as it is needed.
Boarding at West Buckland is fun and rewarding, a home from home for students from all over the world.
As Head of Boarding at West Buckland School, I’d like to offer a warm welcome to all our boarders.
The aim of myself and my team of Houseparents is to create a warm and happy ‘home life’ in a relaxed and safe environment.
As well as full boarding, we have many students who flexi or weekly board, working around busy schedules and family lives.
My team of houseparents look after students outside of the normal school day. Significantly, they are not teachers, so are able to develop a close and trusting relationships outside of the classroom environment.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Matthew Robinson, Head of Boarding
Boys from age 11 to 16 are housed in Boyer house, with the girls in Bamfylde. Both houses are on the main campus and just a short walk to the main buildings and are home to up to 45 boarders each, under the supervision of caring Houseparents who live adjacent to the houses and are on duty from early evening until the following morning.
We welcome pupils from all over the world, as well as our own UK boarders, creating a thriving and lively, multi-cultural boarding community.
All boarding students have access to e-mail and internet facilities to allow easy communication with friends and family at home and this is encouraged.
Boarding in the Sixth Form is in Parker’s, our stunning newly-built Sixth Form centre, with 70 single, en suite rooms and light, spacious facilities, which is extremely popular with our students!
Sixth Form boarding is very sociable and allows students added independence and privacy that is an important part of growing up.
Parker’s was designed to be a stepping stone towards independent living, either in a university setting or out in the bigger world.
There are numerous opportunities to take part in activities outside of the normal school day and at weekends.
Some boarders will be involved in sports fixtures on a Saturday but every weekend has a number of activities on offer, including trips to nearby cities, a full weekend schedule in London, surfing and coasteering on our stunning coastline, paintballing, cooking, bowling and regular shopping trips to Barnstaple, just 10 miles away. In addition, boarders can get involved in our busy evening activities which include dance, volleyball, art, singing, movie nights, football, scuba diving, keep fit and swimming.
These options are becoming increasingly popular with our UK students and can be a perfect solution for busy families. We offer a 4-night boarding option, or students board on a more ad hoc basis as and when it is required
4-night weekly boarding: £1,120 per term
Ad hoc boarding: £35-£40 per night (dependent on age group)