West Buckland COVID-19 updates

With the end of term approaching, we turn our attention to September and what we are expecting to be a full return to lessons.  For information on what we have achieved and what how we are planning for September, please click here.

As a BSA school we have signed up to their COVID-Safe Charter, available here.  In addition, and to endorse our commitment to ensuring the safety of our students and staff, we have created our own WBS Hygiene Charter.

For our new and returning international students, our Frequently Asked Questions document will provide useful information and reassurances. Please view it here.

Medical procedures brought to life by surgical experts

Dissection club learns from experts

Yesterday our Sixth Form biologists had the opportunity to learn from expert medics how to perform various surgical techniques. Nineteen of our Year 12 and Year 13 biologists benefitted from hands-on experience in surgery.


Mr Luke Brunton, Mr Michel Kenaan and Mr Owen Sparkes, who work in the orthopaedic surgery departments at NDDH, came to teach the students how to use a scalpel and how to do two different types of suture.


Mr Danny McRae showed students how to insert a chest drain and how to remove air and fluid from the chest.


Meanwhile, Mrs Katie Cross taught students how to repair a bowel using suturing techniques.


Dr Liz Shawcross showed the students how to insert and remove Nexplanon, a depot contraceptive.

Thank you to all our visitors for giving up their time to help our students and to Owen Sparkes, a surgical assistant, who was also on hand to support the students. The experience is invaluable and the support from experts is much appreciated.