West Buckland School

Boys (3 - 18)
Girls (3 - 18)
Weekly Boarding
Full Boarding
West Buckland School

West Buckland School is situated in a beautiful location near Exmoor. Our exciting period of capital development includes an outstanding sports centre, an award-winning art and design centre, with theatre and, in 2015, a Sixth Form boarding house containing 70 en-suite bedrooms and spacious social areas. We offer a remarkable range of opportunities in music, sport, drama and outdoor pursuits. This is a lively place with a vibrant sense of community, where the standard of care for all pupils is very high.

About the school

School life for West Buckland’s senior pupils is a challenging and stimulating experience. We have high standards and our pupils aim high but this is a community where the quality of relationships and the needs of individuals matter more than examination league tables.

Our students are encouraged to stretch themselves in their academic work, to aim to reach their full potential and achieve qualifications which will give them the ability to make choices for their lives beyond school.

We are committed to enabling our students at all ages to have a rich variety of experiences which will help them to develop as young adults. Our extra-curricular provision has been rated as ‘Excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and our pupils have exceptional opportunities across sport, music, the performing arts, outdoor and a whole host of other activities.

Pastoral care is at the heart of everything that we do: this is a school community where individuals feel they are well known, valued and where we have time for each other.

Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 54 (11 to 18)
  • Girls' Boarding: 49 (11 to 18)
  • Total Pupils: 551 (158 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £4710/term
  • Boarding Fees: £8185/term

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Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

Academic Scholarships
Scholarship Awarded
Awarded on the results of an entrance assessment which takes place in January for entry into Year 7 in September
Entrance Assessment 21st January 2017
Awarded to current Year 8 pupils based on end of year internal exam results and overall performance through the year.

Applications from external candidates considered on an individual basis
End of academic year performance for internal candidates
Awarded to internal candidates based on performance at GCSE

Awarded to external candidates on the results of an entrance assessment
Entrance assessment for external candidates Saturday 21st January 2017

Music Scholarships
Available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ 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 2017 entry will take place on 26th January 2017. 

Sports Scholarships
Available at available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ 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 2017 entry will take place on 26th January 2017. 

Art Scholarship
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 2017 entry will take place on 26th January 2017. 

Boarding Scholarships
Available at 16+ to pupils who are currently either day pupils at West Buckland School or are educated elsewhere in the South West of England. These awards are intended to enable students to maximise the opportunities open to them at West Buckland School in the academic domain, and also to make the fullest use of the extracurricular opportunities available at the school. Applicants will be assessed on how they will benefit from these opportunities to board, and how their contribution as a boarder will enrich the life of the residential community in the Sixth Form.

Application deadline 31st March 2017.

All bursaries are awarded only after parents have completed a confidential statement of financial circumstances. This will normally 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 the award.

Awards will usually be made with the expectation that this will be an agreement to facilitate continuity of education through to a ‘natural break point’ in education at age 11, 14 or 16. However, all bursaries are subject to annual reassessment and families are required to submit a new statement of financial circumstances by May each year. Parents are expected to provide supporting documentation on request. Failure to do so or wilful provision of misleading information may lead to 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).

Fees Information

Registration Fee: £60 Advance Deposit: Day Pupils £450, UK/EU Boarders £1,300, Non-UK/EU Borders £4,000 Note: The deposit, less any outstanding charges, will be refunded after the child has left the school, usually in October. It cannot be used against the final termly bill. Scholarships and Bursaries are awarded at the Headmaster’s discretion and as such, should be discussed with the Headmaster. Where there are at least two brothers or sisters in the school and no other reduction is granted, the tuition fee is discounted by 5% for all but the oldest.

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Admissions Process

Admissions and Entry

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: admissions@westbuckland.com

International enquiries should be addressed to Mrs Lorraine Millar lom@westbuckland.com

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:

Saturday 1 October 2016 – Activity and Open Day
Wednesday 12 October 2016 – Sixth Form Open Evening
Monday 1 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.

Finding out more

West Buckland, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX32 0SX
01598 760178
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Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 54 (11 to 18)
  • Girls' Boarding: 49 (11 to 18)
  • Total Pupils: 551 (158 in Sixth Form)
  • Day Fees: £4710/term
  • Boarding Fees: £8185/term

Open Days

West Buckland School Open Days

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