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.
Boarding at West Buckland is fun and rewarding, a home from home for students from all over the world.
As Head of Boarding at West Buckland School, I’d like to offer a warm welcome to all our boarders.
The aim of myself and my team of Houseparents is to create a warm and happy ‘home life’ in a relaxed and safe environment.
As well as full boarding, we have many students who flexi or weekly board, working around busy schedules and family lives.
My team of houseparents look after students outside of the normal school day. Significantly, they are not teachers, so are able to develop a close and trusting relationships outside of the classroom environment.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Matthew Robinson, Head of Boarding
Boys from age 11 to 16 are housed in Boyer house, with the girls in Bamfylde. Both houses are on the main campus and just a short walk to the main buildings and are home to up to 45 boarders each, under the supervision of caring Houseparents who live adjacent to the houses and are on duty from early evening until the following morning.
We welcome pupils from all over the world, as well as our own UK boarders, creating a thriving and lively, multi-cultural boarding community.
All boarding students have access to e-mail and internet facilities to allow easy communication with friends and family at home and this is encouraged.
Boarding in the Sixth Form is in Parker’s, our stunning newly-built Sixth Form centre, with 70 single, en suite rooms and light, spacious facilities, which is extremely popular with our students!
Sixth Form boarding is very sociable and allows students added independence and privacy that is an important part of growing up.
Parker’s was designed to be a stepping stone towards independent living, either in a university setting or out in the bigger world.
There are numerous opportunities to take part in activities outside of the normal school day and at weekends.
Some boarders will be involved in sports fixtures on a Saturday but every weekend has a number of activities on offer, including trips to nearby cities, a full weekend schedule in London, surfing and coasteering on our stunning coastline, paintballing, cooking, bowling and regular shopping trips to Barnstaple, just 10 miles away. In addition, boarders can get involved in our busy evening activities which include dance, volleyball, art, singing, movie nights, football, scuba diving, keep fit and swimming.
The option to weekly board is increasingly popular with our UK students and can be a perfect solution for busy families. We offer a 5-night boarding option with the flexibility to extend this across the weekend if necessary.
5-night weekly boarding: £1,613 per term
Weekly boarding is currently available from Year 7.