New Prep Head Announced for West Buckland School

19 Aug 2022

North Devon’s West Buckland School announces the appointment of Mrs Sarah Atkinson as the next Head of West Buckland Prep School.

West Buckland Prep  School Devon Sarah is currently the Head at RGS Dodderhill, part of the RGS Worcester family of schools, will succeed current Head, Nick Robinson and join the school in April 2023.

Since 2019 Sarah has been Head of RGS Dodderhill, a small school that educates pupils from 2 – 16 years. Prior to this appointment she was Deputy Head Academic at RGS The Grange, a large Prep School with nearly 400 pupils.

Sarah said she is delighted to be relocating to Devon, having worked at Trinity School in Teignmouth: ‘I always refer to Devon as my happy place and I am so excited to be returning to take up the Prep Headship at West Buckland. The wonderful location, warmth and friendliness of the staff and pupils I met at interview means that I cannot wait to join the community.’

Having grown up in North London and attended NLCS (North London Collegiate School) from the age of 7, Sarah says that she knew from a young age that she wanted to go into education. So, following in the footsteps of her mother, who was also a Head Teacher, Sarah obtained a BEd degree at Homerton College, Cambridge before taking up her first teaching position in London.

Sarah has four children, one son and three daughters, the youngest of whom takes A levels in 2023 before flying the nest. She also has two dogs that are very much looking forward to living by the sea. She says that her motto in life is ‘Enjoy Every Moment’. “I try to live life to the full, fun and laughter are important to me. I love being outdoors and I really appreciate the beauty of the world around us. I am so looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know your lovely children.”