A West Buckland School education, in beautiful North Devon, offers every child the opportunity to grow and develop at their own pace. One of the top performing independent schools in the South West, where else can you catch a wave next to your Headmaster? Or traverse Exmoor National Park to study soil erosion? Or learn to dive with the seals off Lundy Island?
We bet your children would like to!
Childhood memories should be made from friendships, exploration, personal successes, happiness and adventure. At West Buckland School, we know that this contributes to the holistic education that employees are looking for in today’s world. Our balanced curriculum produces well-rounded, self-confident and resilient adults of the future.
Our philosophy is about combining an outstanding academic education that balances their time carefully, with an extra-curricular programme that supports their physical & mental wellbeing. It’s about fresh air and formative experiences. It’s about breaking free of the city and creating young adults that live, laugh and progress to some of the country’s top universities. It’s about offering flexibility for busy families.
Sports and extra-curricular activities on offer
A-levels passed at Grade A+ to A in 2018
Pollution rating Bristol v Barnstaple (max. 6)
% of students going to Russell Group universities
Our next whole school Open Day is on Monday 2nd May. If you’d like to register please click on the link below:
However, if you live further away you may prefer to join our Virtual Open Day on Saturday 19th March:
Can’t wait until then? Why not book an online meeting with our Admissions Team?
We moved to Devon from West Sussex because we felt that if would improve our family life, giving us more time together. Once we had visited West Buckland School, it became the centre of our house search and since our son has started at the Prep school, we've seen a dramatic increase in his confidence and willingness to give new activities a go.
Our son joined West Buckland as a full-time sixth form boarder. We chose West Buckland because it has a lovely feel to it, friendly but with the right amount of “firm”. The atmosphere in Parker's is great. The students learn to be independent, including doing their own washing, which is great because he does it at home now…. He went away a boy with mixed emotions about boarding and he came home a young man full of confidence– thank you West Buckland.
Our move to Devon was triggered by a search for less pollution, busyness and stress. We wanted a co-ed school life with plenty of outdoor activity for our daughters, but with a strong academic ethos too. We were impressed by the fact that the children are encouraged to play and learn in the fresh air.
In 2017, we made the momentous decision to move to North Devon from Berkshire for a better quality of life: we wanted clean air, beaches, outdoors and superb schooling. West Buckland School's proximity to Exmoor and its promise of all-round education was a major factor in our decision. The children are all thriving, have firm friends and seem to grow emotionally and intellectually every day. They love DT club, Electronics, Chess, Music, Forest School, Surfing … the list goes on. Our move was the best decision we ever made.