The school has been shortlisted in the TES School Awards 2022, recognising the fantastic environmental and sustainability work inspired by our Head of Biology, Mr Noah Shawcross.
The school is also a finalist in the ‘Special Sixth Form’ category, and highly commended in the Giving Something Back category of the Muddy Stilettos awards for 2022.
During the recent Easter holidays, West Buckland held the first Revision Camp for Year 11 students. The aim of the three day camp was to help prepare students for their forthcoming GCSEs.
The camp attracted 24 students from Year 11, including 9 as day students and 15 who took the residential option. Each of the three days had four to five teachers covering maths, English language, English literature, Chemistry and Biology. There were also two boarding supervisors so the students were well provided for during study and free time.
As well as subject matter revision, students took part in study skills sessions and both independent and group revision sessions.
To provide both balance and fun, the students enjoyed a line-up of activities, including a netball tournament, gym sessions, a games night, karaoke, team building and quizzes. The feedback on the camp has been very favourable, with the survey results giving a rating of 8.19 out of 10 for the camp overall, and 100% of participants saying that they felt better prepared for GCSE after the three days. Many students felt that they would select the residential option next time, so we look forward to offering another revision camp next Easter.
Here are some testimonials from students after the Revision Camp:
“The revision camp had been an extremely helpful experience in which I could find confidence in my revision skills and gain a helpful insight into boarding life at Parker’s”
“The Easter revision camp has made me feel more confident of the upcoming exams as I had help from the teachers in a small group, focusing on the areas that will be in our tests . As well as getting help from teachers we also had time where we could relax or go to activities such as netball, gym, and the Easter egg hunt. Lastly it has shown me how fun it is to be boarding in Parker’s. I enjoyed having time where you can reflect by yourself or with friends, and loved the space in Parker’s.”