Facility Hire and Enquiry

Facilities Hire

The facilities at West Buckland School are available for hire and are ideal for hobby or sports groups, concerts, corporate seminars and workshops, activity holidays, private parties or team building breaks. The indoor pool, floodlit astroturf pitch and sports hall are available for hire in the evenings as well as in the school holidays, and seminars and workshops can be arranged during and out of term time. Our catering team are available to provide first class meals on request.

On a campus of over 90 acres, the school is surrounded by stunning North Devon countryside, nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park and just a few miles from Barnstaple and spectacular surfing beaches. This makes it ideal for visiting school camps and outdoor adventure clubs.

‘West Buckland School works brilliantly for Edgehill as a prime location for the beach and other Devon sites. The staff are friendly and helpful and the site is well equipped, well kept, and in beautiful surroundings. I would highly recommend.’

Ed Watson Overall Leader of Edgehill Venture

Educational Breaks

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With over 90 acres of stunning buildings, playing fields and sporting facilities, and located just a few miles from the North Devon coastline, with Exmoor National Park just minutes away, we are ideally situated for Educational and Language Groups for up to 200 students.

The campus is only 1 ½ hours from Bristol airport and less than 1 hour from Exeter airport, making the school easily accessible from most countries in Europe.

  • State of the art accommodation block: 70 single bedrooms with en suite shower rooms
  • Further single-sex accommodation buildings with a mix of configurations from single to 4-bedded rooms with shared bathrooms for up to another 130 people
  • Modern, light and welcoming social areas
  • 25m indoor swimming pool
  • 16 hard tennis courts
  • Floodlit astroturf pitch
  • Six art and design studios
  • 100-seater theatre
  • Classrooms and study areas
  • 30 acres of grass playing fields, woods and outdoor areas
  • 10 miles from stunning North Devon coast
  • Just minutes from Exmoor National Park
  • 1 hour from Dartmoor National Park

'We are now counting more than 10 years of successful collaboration with West Buckland School. The school has outstanding facilities (boarding houses, academic and sports equipment) in a beautiful and safe location.'

'The catering and cleaning are excellent and the school staff have always been very supportive in the preparation of our stays as well as on a daily basis when our groups are on site. It is a great pleasure for our team to return to West Buckland every summer and to offer our students a unique experience of a summer stay in a boarding school.'

Valerie Fekir LEC, Paris, France

Community Facilities

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We welcome hobby and sports clubs to rent our facilities both in the evenings and during the weekends and holidays.

  • Our Club Room is ideal for Pilates and Yoga sessions, and tables and chairs are available for hobby groups, AGMs and talks. There is a fully equipped refreshment counter with fridge in a corner of the room.
  • The Sports Hall is marked out for indoor tennis, basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton and 5-aside football.
  • The Memorial Hall, with stage area and seating for up to 200, can be rented for AGMs, fund raising events or shows
  • PE class room – double room with dividing wall, ideal for larger or smaller groups, breakout sessions and workshops
  • 150 Theatre – ideal for dance and drama groups, presentations and talks. There is a projector screen and projector, full AV system and adjustable lighting. Tiered seating for up to 100
  • 25m swimming pool with single sex changing rooms
  • Art and Design and Technology studios with state of the art equipment
  • Floodlit astroturf pitch for evening sports training and matches

'What we appreciate about West Buckland School is the space, there is plenty of outdoor space and a variety of indoor spaces meaning that there are options whatever the weather. It is also great to be so close to the coast and we enjoy several trips to the beach over the week we rent the school.'

Matt Rowland Overall Leader of Barnstaple 2 Venture

Exhibitions, Trade Fairs and Fundraising Evenings

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Our facilities are ideal for exhibitions, trade fairs and fundraising evenings, with plenty of parking on the campus, easy access and large, impressive rooms. Tables, chairs and staging can be arranged as well as catering on request.

Conferences and Meetings

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We have a number of rooms available for conferences, workshops and meetings. All these rooms can house presentation screens, projectors and lecterns. We can accommodate any number of delegates, from small intimate meetings to larger presentations.

Music and Theatre Productions

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We have outstanding drama and music facilities, suitable for a range of audience sizes, that are available for hire. All have tiered seating, stage lighting and AV facilities.

  • 150 Theatre - our state of the art theatre seats up to 100 in tiered seating and is ideal for more intimate workshops and musical and drama productions
  • Memorial hall – tiered seating can be arranged for up to 200. This large hall has a stage at one end, with wings, lighting and AV facilities. Stage flats and other stage furniture are available on request

Parties and Celebrations

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We have a number of rooms suitable for parties and celebrations, however big or small. For smaller numbers, our light and airy Club Room, which includes a serving area, is ideal, whilst for bigger parties and sit down dinners, the Memorial Hall, or the oak-lined Karslake Hall, are perfect.

Catering can be arranged on site, or self-catering is another option.

For children’s parties, our Prep Hall is ideal. Lots of space to move around in and the added bonus of double doors that open out onto the playground and large, enclosed lawn areas. Play equipment may be available for use for parties on request.

Costs

Sports Hall

£45 per hour

Pool

£40 per hour

Astroturf pitch

Without floodlights: £50 per hour
With floodlights: £55 per hour

Club Room and Memorial Hall

£40 for first hour, £25 subsequent hours in same booking

PE Classroom

£25 for first hour, £15 per subsequent hour in same booking

Prices not inclusive of catering.

Costs for accommodation, catering, group bookings for courses or other use along with all other bookings enquiries should be addressed to, the Assistant Bursar, Mike Newby, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01598 760189

The Governors

Chairman

Mr J M H Light LLB
Read Law at Brunel University and joined BMW as a Graduate Trainee. Has specialised in Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance in the automotive sector for over 30 years, first with TKM plc and latterly with Inchcape plc and Autologic plc. WBS parent and Chairman of the Trustees of the West Buckland School Foundation.

The chairman can be contacted through the Clerk to the Governors whose contact details are:

Mr Bryan Login MA MBA,
Bursar,
West Buckland School,
West Buckland,
Barnstaple,
Devon,
EX32 0SX

Tel: 01598 760000
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Governors

Mr S D Fox BA – Vice Chairman
Mr Fox was, for 25 years, a Managing Director of a large, local ceramic manufacturing company, which was the only North Devon member of the Royal Warrant Holders Association. Mr Fox currently runs a small ceramic supply business to the UK Garden Centre Trade. Both his children attended West Buckland School from 5 years old. Trustee of the West Buckland School Foundation and Chairman of Finance Committee.

Ms L Cairns BA Joint Hons - Vice Chairman
Modern Languages graduate from Bath University and PGCE from Durham University. Expatriate for 20 years. Former Vice Chair of Governors of The British School, Seoul, South Korea. Former WBS parent.

Mr A G Boggis BA PGCE
After reading German & French at New College Oxford and a PGCE at King's College Cambridge taught in Salzburg, at Hitchin Boys' School and Eton College, where he was also Master in College (Housemaster to the King's Scholars). Subsequently Warden of Forest School, London. Chairman of HMC in 2006 and Master of the Skinners' Company in 2011. Past and present governor of a number of state and independent schools. Away from schools, his interests include playing the church organ, music and old gramophones, and raising rare breed pigs.

Mr ACB Browne FCA, BSc (Hons), ARCS
Landowner. Former WBS parent. Educated at Imperial College and then qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG. Worked for twenty years in banking, fund management and investment banking. Based in the Middle East, London, Tokyo and New York. Retired to North Devon. Trustee of the West Buckland School Foundation.

Dr R Fisher – Smith BA MA PGCE PhD
Is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter. Educated at the University of Manchester, worked for several years as a primary school teacher in England and USA. Following this moved into initial teacher training and educational research. Researches and writes widely about classroom teaching particularly in the area of literacy. She has published several books on the teaching of reading and writing.

Mr R A Ingram MA PGCE
After reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Exeter College, Oxford and a PGCE at Bristol University, went to Charterhouse to teach Economics, Politics and Government. Remained there for 35 years, with the exception of one year on Teacher Exchange to Trinity College, Lismore, NSW, Australia. Housemaster for 15 years. Owned a house in North Devon for 43 years, and retired there in 2006. Now lives on the Gloucestershire/ Herefordshire border. Anglican Reader.

Mr N Kingdon BDS MOrthRCS
Dental Graduate Guys Hospital, London. Orthodontic Specialist training Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Retired from Specialist Practice in Barnstaple 2012. Former WBS Parent. Former Pupil. Past President of OWBA. Life Member of South Molton RFC.

Mr Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson is the CEO of Mole Valley Farmers, a position he has held since 2002. Before that he was Head of Commercial Business of a Southwest farming co-operative, having studied marketing and business economics through the Open University. He is also a non-executive Director of North Devon Hospice and at the weekends helps to run the family dairy farm. He is married to Jo and has three children.

Mr Jonathan Palk
Jonathan Palk has been one of Her Majesty's Inspectors for eight years (2007-2015). He has sustained leadership experience in primary schools and has been a head teacher of four schools. During this time he introduced a number of highly effective strategies to tackle underachievement and raise standards in mathematics and improve the quality of teaching and learning.

For six years he managed a business in learning through landscapes. Jonathan has taught all age groups from 4 to 17. He has led inspections of maintained schools, academies, free schools, non-association independent schools, children's centres and specialist provision. His work as an HMI included the delivery of professional development to school leaders and local authority officers in the areas of school improvement, mathematics, British values and governance. He has worked in the national quality assurance team; schools causing concern. Jonathan was a member of the national mathematics team and the Prevent lead for the South West region.

Mrs M A Read BA Hons
Read Law as a mature student, qualified as a solicitor, then became a Judge, mainly in civil and family cases. In retirement, a Board Member of North Devon Homes and Lay Member, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Board. Former WBS Parent.

Mrs S C E Salvidant BEd Hons
Sallie Salvidant (Cert Ed (London), BEd (Hons) (London) was Head of Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in London from 1993 to 2012 and was previously Head of Rupert House Preparatory School in Henley-on-Thames. She has recently completed a two-term Interim Consultancy at Headington Prep School, Oxford. She has taught the 4-11 age range in the state sector (London ILEA) for 8 years and has also taught abroad. Mrs Salvidant is an IAPS Mentor and Appraiser, was an ISI Team Inspector and has been a governor of several schools in the UK and abroad. She is married, lives in Devon and has one adult daughter.

Mr P R Stucley BA Hons
Landowner and Rural Estate Manager. Graduated from Newcastle University in 1994 with a degree in Geography. Went on to serve in armoured reconnaissance with the Household Cavalry Regiment, completing one tour of Bosnia. Subsequently attended The College of Estate Management, Reading University, to read Rural Estate Management. Worked with a local surveying practice for ten years. Qualified as MRICS in 2007. Served as Vice Chairman of North Molton Parish Council until 2011. WBS parent.

Mr K Underwood
Following a career in North Devon estate agency, now acting independently as a property consultant, in addition to acting as a consultant to a local firm of estate agents and as a mentor. Former WBS parent. Former WBS pupil. Chairman of Trustees of North Devon Hospice.

Mrs Naomi J Wild, BA Hons, MRICS
Mrs Wild attended the school from 1989 – 2001 and her family has a long-standing association with West Buckland. She graduated from the University of West of England in 2004 with a BA Hons in Business in Property and qualified as a Member of RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) in 2009. Naomi has a varied background of commercial surveying and a broad spectrum of experience and depth of knowledge in Asset Management. She has specialist experience working with Regional Development Agencies, has worked with Gatwick Airport and is currently part of the Estates Team at North Devon Council, as well as undertaking property development projects.

President of the School:

The Countess of Arran MBE DL
Land owner, farmer. Great great granddaughter of the founder. Active in voluntary sector especially those bringing monies to charities in North Devon. Member of the Prince`s Council which advises The Duchy of Cornwall. Deputy Lieutenant of Devon. Former WBS parent. Lady Arran stood down as a WBS governor, in July 2017, after nearly 22 years on the Board. Trustee of the West Buckland School Foundation.

Vice Presidents:

Lady Gass
Former English Heritage Commissioner. Past Chairman of the Exmoor National Park. MA Cantab. Former Mathematics teacher. Former WBS Governor. Lord Lieutenant of Somerset.

Mr WHG Geen
Former Chairman of Governors, Local farmer, Former pupil, Former WBS parent.

Mr HJ Pedder
Ex-Chairman of Governors. Ex-Chairman North Devon District Council. Local Businessman. Former pupil.

Patron:

Mr PD Orchard-Lisle CBE TD DL LLD(hc) DSc(hc) MA FRICS
Ex-Chairman of Governors, ex-Chairman of the West Buckland School Foundation and recently retired President of School, Mr Orchard-Lisle became a Patron of the School, in July 2017, after a total of just over 32 years’ service on the Board. Father and uncle attended West Buckland School. Ex-Senior partner of Healey & Baker. Ex-Chairman and Chief Executive of Healey & Baker Investment. Various other positions including President RICS, President Council of Reading University, Chairman of the Council of Marlborough College, Governor at Harrow and Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner.

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Pastoral Care

Students thrive in an environment where they are well-known and cared for by staff, and where they feel happy and confident.

The welfare and well-being of all students at West Buckland, whether day or boarding is of paramount importance to us. For our boarding students, our team of caring houseparents and teaching staff means they can be can be assured of being well looked after and always having someone to talk to if they need it.

Our School Counsellor, Chaplain and School Nurse are also available to the small number of students who feel they need to speak in confidence to someone independent of the school.

Our whole team of pastoral staff aim to help each pupil at West Buckland not only reach their academic and extra-curricular potential but to also develop into a happy young individual with good self-esteem and a real belief in their role in society.

We are proud that in our latest ISI Inspection in January 2013, our arrangements for pastoral care were again rated as ‘Excellent’.