In addition to our extensive after-school activity programme The Buchan School also offers the following services.
For more information about our wraparound care provision please contact our External Relations Office or call +44 (0) 1624 820110.
A dedicated Buchan minibus service for pupils leaves the TT Grandstand in Douglas at 7.50am, stopping at Albany Road in Douglas and Glen Vine, before arriving at The Buchan School at 8.25am.
At home time, the bus departs the Buchan at 4.30pm, going via Glen Vine and Albany Road, arriving at the TT Grandstand at 5.05pm. The service runs during term time from Monday to Friday.
The College runs two coach services to and from the schools each day, one down the east coast, through Douglas, and the other down the west coast, through Kirk
Michael. One coach then goes on to The Buchan School. Coaches will only stop at the designated stop-off points on the schedule, and for
Our Breakfast Club is £3 per session and runs from 8am to 8.30am for Buchan parents who need to drop off their children early. Cereal, toast, fresh fruit and a selection of yogurts are available.
We offer an After-school Club, which provides care for those Buchan pupils whose parents are unable to collect them at the end of the formal school day. The children are given a light snack and can then play, read or enjoy the outside if the weather permits.
The After-school Club starts at 3.30pm and finishes at 6pm. There are various time slots available to cater for different needs: 3.30pm to 6pm (£5) or 4.30pm to 6pm (£4).
The Buchaneer Holiday Club is open during certain weeks of the school holidays and is for all Buchan children aged four to 11 years.
Children from The Buchan School Holiday Club can take advantage of our superb facilities within the 13.5 acres of our private grounds. We offer a range of activities both on and off site. Our action-packed programme includes various art and craft activities, visits to Manx heritage centres and mystery visits to exciting places in the Isle of Man.
During a recent Holiday Club the children visited the House of Manannan, took a step back in time inside Castle Rushen, played in Poulsom Park, built dens at Archallagan Plantation, rock pooled near the shores of Scarlett and visited a working farm- all in the space of one week! The children had a truly memorable experience and are certain to come again!
Here is an account of a child's experience of our Buchaneer Holiday Club:
"Monday morning we had crafts and a carousel of activities to get stuck into before we spent some time playing hide and seek and sardines in the woods. In the afternoon we headed over to Peel to explore the House of Mannanan before tucking into an ice-cream on the promenade.
Tuesday was a busy day with a trip to Scarlett – we spent the morning walking to Scarlett and when we arrived we searched for fossils so we could do fossil rubbing – we also collected stones to bring back. When we got back in the afternoon we decorated the stones we collected. We then spent the rest of the afternoon playing outside or doing activities before tidying up for home time.
On Wednesday we were lucky enough to visit Miss Cain's Farm where we helped lamb two sheep (both had twins!). We then numbered matching lambs with a spray marker before herding the sheep and lambs to a different field. We then helped feed the animals in the barn while learning about some of the different breeds.
On Thursday we spent the morning playing on the adventure playground and creating our Easter craft cards before heading over to Archallagan to play in the forest – we explored the woods and worked together to build our own shelters. Some of our shelters were quite grand! Finally we walked the trail before taking the minibus back to school.
Friday was our mystery trip! We got to explore Castle Rushen and walked to Poulson Park where we had our picnics and played – we then got to walk back via the ice-cream shop! We spent six hours in the fresh air – what an end to our week!"
They learn, they have fun, they always want to go back. children love this school.James P