West Buckland School

Co-educational Senior and Prep School in Barnstaple, Devon

The West Buckland School campus is naturally safe and secure, as it is set in 37 hectares of stunning North Devon countryside, beside the Atlantic coast.

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“ The IB Careers Based Programme will run alongside A-levels from September 2023.”

As well as our traditional A-level programme, from September 2023, West Buckland will be introducing the IB Careers Programme (IBCP), offering students a more accessible qualification for those looking to go straight into the workplace, rather than through the university route. By offering this, we are providing wider options for our students in Sixth Form. Whilst both routes provide pathways to university and employment, they offer distinct experiences that will suit one individual better than another. Students can access university up to Oxbridge from both options.

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 A West Buckland School education is based around the development of our ‘four pillars’: Character, Sustainability, Technology and Internationalism. We believe that, by focusing everything we do, from our curriculum to our wide-ranging extra-curricular programme, on these four areas, we offer our students the best platform to successfully navigate and succeed.


The school currently has 150 boarders from 14 different nationalities, who enjoy a friendly and welcoming environment and a busy programme of evening and weekend activities. Outstanding facilities for our 150 boarders include 70 single, en suite bedrooms for our Sixth Formers, a new library and study centre and our outstanding Art and Design facilities, which attract students from all over the world.

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The school has enjoyed a strong academic track record for many years, making it by far the most successful school in the region
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Head Mr. Phillip Stapleton
School Type Combined co-education school
Junior Age Range 3 - 11
Senior Age Range 11 - 18
Academic GCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Vocational Yes
Total Students 647
Youngest Boarder 12
Int'l Students 105