West Buckland School
Devon, United Kingdom
About West Buckland School
West Buckland School was founded in 1858 nine miles from the town of Barnstaple. It stands in nearly 100 acres of grounds, surrounded by farmland, near the western edge of Exmoor. Its rural location is outstandingly beautiful. A number of staff live in houses and flats on the campus; most have their own homes in the area.
The school’s buildings and facilities have developed steadily throughout its history and recent developments include the outstanding Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre, and the award‐winning 150 Building, a major £5m development which includes the Art and Design Technology Departments and a Theatre. The very ambitious programme to build Parker’s, a seventy bed Sixth Form boarding house, and The Michael Morpurgo Library, a state of the art building comprising study facilities, library and resource centre, opened in autumn 2015.
The school is fully coeducational and has grown considerably in recent years. In the Senior and Preparatory Schools there are over 500 boys and girls aged 4 to 18 including over 90 boarders, and 159 students in the Sixth Form, a record number. There is strong demand for boarding places. The school has its own Preparatory School, with pupils aged 4 to 11, which is on the same site. Attached to the Preparatory School is a thriving Nursery for children aged 3 and 4.
Academic standards at the school are high, and for many years West Buckland has been one of the most consistently high performing schools in the South West at GCSE and A‐level. A‐level results typically exceed 70% A* to B and our GCSE students this year achieved 52.4% of passes at A* and A. There is considerable emphasis on extracurricular activities at the school, with a proud record in boys’ and girls’ games, Drama, Music, the Combined Cadet Force, Outdoor Education and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Further information about the school may be found on our website: www.westbuckland.com