Prep Department

From the moment your child enters the Prep School they will be able to benefit from the specialist subject teaching we offer at The Buchan School.

Our highly experienced staff spend time getting to know every pupil in their charge and inspire, motivate and challenge all children to follow the Buchan vision statement, 'Aim for excellence in all things' and take full advantage of 'An Island education for a global future'.

Academic excellence is encouraged at every level and pupils are supported in their endeavours to build upon their prior knowledge and to develop a love of learning.

We are aware that there is more to school life than academia and have developed a curriculum that gives every pupil the chance to shine. Our specialist Music teaching rooms, equipped with a wide range of instruments, a well-equipped Home Economics room, dedicated Drama studio, refurbished Science lab and the inspirational Art room, are just some of the busiest places in the School.

Beyond the classroom we have excellent sporting facilities which include dedicated sports pitches and a modern sports hall. Our specialist Physical Education staff teach every pupil in the School and offer expertise in the teaching of PE, the major sports and swimming. As a result we are able to field teams that perform to an extremely high level both on and off the Island. There are a number of sporting tours that are organised each year and competition for places is intense.

Once the main school day is over we offer a broad range of after-school activities to expose children to experiences beyond the curriculum - from beginners Latin to Zumba.

We pride ourselves on the level of care that we give to children and our dedication to the happiness of every member of our community. Respect for the beliefs, rights and belongings of others is at the core of our pastoral care system as we look to develop every child's confidence and willingness to have a go. We have the Buchan Charter – a copy of which every child carries around in their Blazer pocket reminding them to be... 'kind, honest, polite, to always try their best and love your neighbour (everyone) as much as you love yourself'.


Louise Ashton, Head of Prep Department



They learn, they have fun, they always want to go back. children love this school.

James P