Head: Mr Phillip Stapleton
Because we are the highest performing co-ed boarding school in the South West of England, with a happy and vibrant boarding community
West Buckland School welcomes overseas students into a strong and supportive boarding and school community where friendships are made for life.
The strength of our boarding facility has been recognised on a wider scale, with the school being shortlisted in the recent TES Independent School Awards 2022.
The school is set in a beautiful and safe rural setting, with wide open spaces and spectacular beaches and countryside very close by.
Overseas students will integrate fully and receive an authentic British education, whilst participating in a wide range of academic and extra-curricular opportunities.
The school benefits from having some remarkable facilities for sport, art design and technology and the performing arts, as well as an outstanding new Sixth Form boarding house.
The school has a consistently high academic record and is the highest performing co-educational day and boarding school in the South West peninsular.
The five-year average for Grades passed at A-level at A* to B is 72%.
With a dedicated and very successful Higher Education and Careers department we help our students take the best paths to their chosen career and gain places at some of the country’s top universities.
Everyone is so friendly here and the staff are really helpful and supportive. I have made some of the best friends ever and we have become really close. Thank you, West Buckland, for letting me be part of your family!
Starting my West Buckland life at Year 7 at the bottom of the Senior school and now being Year 13, top of the senior school, time has flown by with many precious memories both day times and within the boarding community. Along with my three A-levels, Chemistry, Physics and Maths, dance has been a huge part of my West Buckland life with range of genres from ballet to street and jazz. The dance show which happens every year, full of dance talents has been the highlight working with younger students from nursery up to Year 13. Being the only Japanese student in the whole school has given me an interesting experience which I am sure I will value in the future.
Hello, I am from Russia. I have started studying in this school since Easter holidays in Year 8 and now I am in Year 9. I am enjoying my time here and I have got many friends. I am enjoying the boarding community and it made me a much more responsible person. Here, unlike Russian schools, I have an opportunity to choose subjects which are interesting for me and might be connected with my future higher education. In my A-Levels (in the twelfth and thirteenth class), I plan to study chemistry, biology and physics.
'I have been at West Buckland School since the end of Year 9. I enjoy studying at West Buckland as there are various opportunities to get involved in different activities provided by the school. I enjoy doing sports and music at school. I involved in basketball, badminton, athletics and music such as concert band. The facilities at school are amazing which helps us to develop a variety of skills that we might need for our future. I am grateful to be part of such a nice school community and to have all the valuable friends that I do. I strongly recommend West Buckland to my friends.'
West Buckland School has been a really interesting stay for me, especially the boarding part. The boarding house almost instantly made me feel at home, and the people were very nice. The classes were all on a high level and the teachers really know their job. The food was very good for school catering standards and I really enjoyed the company of the boarding students, who taught me about cultures from all over the world. The extra-curricular activities were interesting and kept me motivated and the team spirit in rugby really made me get to learn the game very quickly. It was nice for someone like me to get to know a new culture and it was very interesting.
Originally, I came to West Buckland for half a term to see what school in England was like, as my mum had come to boarding school in England too and hearing her stories had compelled me to see what it was like first hand. However, I didn't expect that I would be here for the full Sixth Form. I chose to stay mostly because I had good friends and I liked the flexibility of the A-Level system, which allowed me to specialise in my three favourite subjects. I also really enjoyed the boarding experience as I felt that learning to live independently but within a safe environment was a great stepping stone to university. In addition, living with friends is lots of fun. During boarding, I like to cook, watch films and go to the gym. As a Year 13 pupil, I'm in my final year and I will miss West Buckland. However, I am hopeful for the prospects ahead and I'm planning to read Theology at Durham.