Two world wars naturally made their impact, as they did on other schools, but by the end of the century, West Buckland had survived all crises and dramas. Through its Direct Grant status and, later, through the Assisted Places scheme, both of which removed the barrier to good secondary education which stood in the way of bright children from poor homes, it had continued to widen its scope of opportunity for the neighbourhood. The opening of its gates to girls widened that scope further, and the development of a Preparatory School further still. It has grown to over 600 pupils – of whom about 120 are boarders – of both sexes, evenly split. It has been host to pupils from over fifty foreign countries too.
It constantly tries to raise funds to develop its facilities, in sport and in the setting up of bursaries – to continue its policy of giving a chance to bright children from less fortunate backgrounds. In the twenty-first century, it continues to do its best for its pupils – still ordinary people – according to its lights, as it has always done, while at the same remaining loyal to the ideals and aspirations of the Revd. Brereton and Earl Fortescue. We like to think they would approve of what has been achieved. Brereton and Fortescue were forward thinking; so are we.
West Buckland’s Archivist