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.
Year 13, Max Lo, has been awarded a scholarship to study for a music degree (BMus) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In addition to this, Max has also been offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music.
Max Lo’s fantastic offers were the icing on the cake after our musicians received some excellent results in their recent music exams. Max, who has been at West Buckland School since he joined in Year 10, specialises in clarinet and saxophone, is one of several students at the school who have excelled in music.
This was borne out when the students received their music exam results which should a good number gaining distinctions and merits. These included Ben Lee, who gained a distinction in Grade 8 piano and who is looking to read Music at university.
However, there was success across all age groups and the results were:
Ben Lee (G8 piano): distinction
Jessica Madge (theory): distinction and (G1 clarinet): merit
Persephone Allaway (G8 piano): merit
Winnie Friend (piano): distinction
Abi Ward (G2 violin and theory): distinction
Peter Savory (G3 flute): merit
Dakota Mathieson (theory): merit
Samuel Nicolson (piano): pass
Suzanna Howard (theory): distinction
Tom Kite (violin): merit
Aidan Lansley (G4 piano): merit
Aiofe O’Connor (G2 flute): merit
Caitlin Brooks (G1 piano)
Mikey Stradling (G1 alto sax): merit
Rosa Davey (G2 flute)
Vincent Burton (G2 clarinet): merit
Gabrielle Lansley (G3 piano): merit
Rory Lansley (G5 piano)
Zachary Allaway (G7 piano)
Martha Hall (G4 flute)
Edie Maytum (G5 viola)
Flora Boyles (G6 piano and G5 violin):
Emma Blackie (theory)
Alex Bingham (G8 alto sax): merit
Katie Woods (G7 flute): Trinity/ Guildhall merit
Director of Music, Nick Smith, is delighted with the results. “Despite the setbacks and frustrations that the pandemic causes, our musicians are still doing really well. Max’s achievement should not be underestimated as the Guildhall and Royal Academy are amongst the most prestigious institutions in the world and only accept the very best musicians. However, on a wider level, I’m really proud of all our musicians, who have done so well, in difficult circumstances.”