The Buchan School offers a supportive and caring environment where pupils are encouraged to develop their own individual talents.
Our curriculum is unique: from a strong focus upon academics, Art, Music, Drama, Languages and a range of Sports. Class sizes are small (average of 14) and our pupils are taught by subject specialist teachers throughout the curriculum to ensure that they reach and exceed their potential.
‘Buchaneers’ are happy and inquisitive; they learn how to think and solve problems. They develop skills which will enable them to be prepared for life.
Mrs Janet Billingsley Evans, Head of The Buchan School
The Buchan School has developed an excellent reputation for academic excellence and achievement in Sport and the Performing Arts. The School consists of three departments; the Nursery, Pre-Prep (Reception to Year 2) and Prep (Year 3 to 6).
The Buchan School is located within the ancient capital of Castletown. With a partially wooded ground, outdoor classroom, adventure playgrounds, rose garden and performance stage, pavilion, netball and tennis courts and sport fields, our students have plenty of space to explore and learn.
We provide a broad range of opportunities for all our pupils, not only within the classroom, but also by taking full advantage of our incredible school grounds and the beautiful Isle of Man. At the Buchan you will find a community buzzing with happy children developing lively, independent and enquiring minds, guided and encouraged by outstanding teaching staff throughout the curriculum.
“The Buchan School has a strong focus on pupil welfare and this enables the school to truly celebrate pupil individuality and identify areas for development. The Buchan School provides an exciting and wondrous adventure where learning is present at every opportunity. The school works to ensure that all children experience a rich and broad curriculum; that they are well-prepared academically, socially, emotionally and physically to really thrive on the future challenges they may encounter.” – Parent of Form 4 (Yr 6) student.
As the only independent school on the Isle of Man we provide parents with choice and we seek to offer an education that is distinctive and of the highest quality. We cater for a broad ability range and through our bursary scheme we provide financial support to families who could not otherwise afford independent education. Our aims can be stated as follows:
A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
We aim to create bonds of friendship and mutual support which will last a lifetime. Our pupils should play an active role in the school community and the world beyond.
We aim to offer an education with academic rigour at its heart. This also informs our approach to the curriculum, in particular our endorsement of the values and internationalism of the International Baccalaureate which underpins the education we provide throughout the school.
FOCUS ON THE INDIVIDUAL
We aim to support and stretch the individual. To achieve this aim we need to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality together with appropriate support structures and an extensive enrichment programme.
We aim to provide an education which offers a wide range of opportunity outside the classroom. So our aim is to offer an excellent programme of sport, drama and music and a broad range of extra-curricular activities.
We are kind.
We are honest.
We are polite.
We always do our best.
Love your neighbour (everyone) as much as you love yourself.
WARM AND FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT
Where each pupil is encouraged to achieve their full potential with the help of specialist teachers and class sizes of 14.
EXTENSIVE EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMME
We offer a range of activities: Sports, Music and Drama, along with beekeeping, chess, Latin and classical civilisations. A complete wraparound care programme is also available.
We have a strong focus on personal development – behaviour, articulacy, confidence and imagination.
The Buchan School is a happy and lively school nestled in 13.5 acres of beautiful grounds, to ensure that your child can make the most of learning both inside and outside the classroom.