West Buckland

Type of school: Co-Ed Senior school with a junior department or a prep school

Nearest international airport: Exeter (80km)

Age Range: 3-18

Number of pupils: 571

Number of boarders: 121

Fees per term: Boarding: £7610 - £10325
Day: £2525 - £4710


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWest Buckland School was founded in 1858 and is an independent day and boarding school set in 90 acres of stunning countryside in the South West of England. Students enjoy learning in a beautiful and safe rural location, close to the spectacular Atlantic coast in North Devon. The School is located 35 minutes from the M5 motorway and transport services to and from London Heathrow and other regional travel points are available.


The heart of the School is contained in handsome 19th-century buildings with many new additions including a first-class sports complex and outstanding facilities for art, design technology and drama.  An exciting new Sixth Form Co-educational Boarding House providing 70 en-suite single bedrooms was opened in September 2015, along with a new Study Centre for all pupils aged 11-18 housing open-plan learning spaces, library and IT resources, classrooms, a dedicated sixth form area and higher education and careers centre.

These impressive new facilities have created a dynamic new hub to the campus, encouraging integration and interaction between boarding and day students.

Curriculum: ‘The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent’ – ISI 2013

For many years GCSE and A-level performance have placed the School amongst the highest-achieving institutions in the South West and much further afield. In each of the last three years, 50% of students have taken places at universities in the Russell and 1994 Groups, often recognised as the most prestigious, research-intensive universities.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) department provides support and teaching to international students, ensuring they are able to cope with the increased challenges of learning in a second language.

west buckland schoolExtracurricular activities: ‘The School’s provision of extracurricular activities is outstanding and enriches the pupils’ experience significantly’ – ISI 2013

Outside of the classroom students benefit from a wide range of opportunities in sport, music, the performing arts and outdoor activities which are all an important part of school life. Specialist performance programmes in tennis and dance are also available along with other activities such as surfing, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking.

Boarding – ‘Boarders enjoy life in their houses and feel at home amongst friends and with staff who support them in their everyday school lives’ – ISI 2013

The West Buckland boarding community is strong and supportive, with our team of houseparents welcoming students into a warm and homely family environment. Boarding creates opportunities for students from different backgrounds and many nationalities to make friends for life and to benefit from the outstanding educational experiences offered at the School.

Pupils fully appreciate their education and take great pride in being members of a very happy school. ISI Inspection Report 2013