North Devon's leading independent school

Co-ed, day, and boarding school for children aged 3-18.

West Buckland School

Nestled in the heart of picturesque North Devon, our school is a gem like no other. Just two hours by train from London, we’re worlds apart from the city’s hustle and bustle. Here, your child will embark on an educational journey within the sweeping 90-acre grounds that promise not just room to explore, but a lifetime to cherish. Close to the majestic Exmoor National Park and home to beaches renowned as the 12th World Surfing Reserve, we offer an enriching backdrop for your child’s learning experience. Fill in the below form and our admissions team will be in touch with you soon.

90 acres of pure childhood joy

Space To Grow But No Rush To Grow Up #youngerforlonger

Where else could young imaginations frolic free but in our expansive, secure playground? “#YoungerForLonger” isn’t merely a hashtag; it’s our philosophy. We advocate no rush in growing up, only growing wide-eyed in the wonder of learning.

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Flexible Boarding Options

Absolute Peace of Mind

Understanding modern family dynamics, we offer flexible boarding options to suit your lifestyle. We offer Flexi, Occasional and Full  Boarding from Year 7. More than a school, we’re a community where your child’s safety is paramount. Our rural sanctuary,  ensures they aren’t just cared for; they’re cherished.

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Academic excellence

We provide a rigorous, adaptable curriculum that prepares students not just for exams, but for life. Our approach fosters a deep understanding, enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The evidence is clear, with over 50% of our students consistently exceeding standard academic benchmarks. In 2023 over 50% of our students achieved grades 9-7 in their GCSEs, and more than 50% of our A-level students achieved grades ranging from A* to A. This consistency in academic excellence underscores the quality and dedication inherent in our educational approach.

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Dedicated educators

Dedicated Teachers: Our educators stand at the heart of our success, serving not only as experts in their fields but also as mentors to students. They personalise learning, ensuring it is both relevant and inspirational. Their commitment stretches beyond academics, focusing on the holistic development of every student.

Small Class Sizes: By maintaining smaller classes, we ensure personalised attention for each student, accommodating their unique learning styles and needs. This intimate educational environment promotes participation and nurtures strong, supportive teacher-student relationships.

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Get in touch

To secure places for specific year groups, we strongly recommend discussing availability with our admissions department. Please get in touch with our dedicated admissions team to arrange a call or plan a visit to the school. Additionally, we host open days in May and September, presenting a unique opportunity to explore our vibrant educational environment in person.


Excellent supportive school with a well rounded approach to education. Striving for excellence whilst supporting wellbeing and extra curricular opportunities. Response through covid, where taught classes were the norm within a week, compared to previous state school where my child did not speak to a single teacher for a whole term, was our primary driver to swap schools. So glad we did.


Excellent school, happy children with great academic results. Big on outdoors and providing a wide range of opportunities to grow and learn.