Just as in the family house at Christmas or birthdays, families have traditions and here at Buckswood it is no different. We uphold the prefectorial system, we wear our bow ties for weekly assembly and we line up for everything. We think that structure and having customs and traditions with a bit of good old British “pomp and circumstance” turns the ordinary into something special. To experience a Buckswood weekly assembly or Prize Giving with bagpipes and gowns is a unique experience indeed!
Educating Ladies and Gentlemen since 1933
Buckswood puts the finishing touches to young ladies and gentlemen who leave with the panache to walk through any door, break down any barrier and flourish in their adult lives. This ‘finishing’ sees every Buckswoodian develop a decorum that is as at home in palaces as it is in a pauper’s home. A Buckswoodian commands respect and is respectful of others. Buckswoodians are as smart on the inside as they are on the outside in their striking gold trimmed blazers!
Not only is a Buckswoodian equipped with a rich portfolio of academic successes but has the added benefit of a cultural and emotional awareness that empowers them to thrive anywhere in the world and seek opportunities wherever they lie.
Setting the tone
Buckswood is a home. It is a working estate, it is a school and most importantly it is a place of learning and friendship. The walls of the old 16th century manor house stand so strong because they feed off the laughter and happiness that exudes from the students. Just as a home, it is the people that make the place work; that are the heartbeat of the school. A Buckswood student understands that the gardener and the chef are just as important in the operation of things as the Headmaster or History teacher. Respect for those that help and work at school, as well as taking care of the beautiful surroundings in which they learn, is demanded from all.
Discipline and daily routine
The Buckswood day is punctuated by the school bell that tolls above the dining hall to signal it’s time to change class, go to lunch or hurry along to prep. Every child needs routine to structure their lives and learn the self-discipline that will be the foundation of their future success. When a child puts on their Buckswood school uniform they know the standards of behaviour that are expected of them. For generations of Buckswoodians, the structure of the school day and the decorum that every student must possess have been the corner stone of the Buckswood education.
The school motto is ‘we are preparing for life’ and part of our preparation is building every child’s self-confidence. We recognise that talent comes in many different forms and not just in the classroom; and so we celebrate each child’s individual milestones because what comes easy for one, is an uphill struggle for another. By joining together and acknowledging achievements, our ‘family’ becomes a vast support network that encourages everyone to be the best they can be, in whatever field commands their talents.
Our weekly gatherings on a Friday afternoon draw a close to the week and give us chance to reflect on the past week’s achievements, sport results, musical performances and receive some moral instruction. Our assemblies are a grand affair held in the Great Hall, with all academic staff and prefects gowned and led in procession by the Buckswood Pipe and Drum band.
A colourful fiesta, the Sports Hall is transformed with the costumes, foods and music from every corner of the globe, and the day is a demonstration of the cultural awareness and harmony that exists at Buckswood. We believe that every student must have an understanding that difference is not something to be feared, and a deeper understanding of the world and it’s people is a valuable quality
Christmas Carol Concert
Every December, just before the end of the Christmas term the Buckswood extended family join together for a traditional service of 9 lessons and carols held in the beautiful Old Town area of Hastings. A very British occasion that is a favourite with our families and Old Buckswoodians, the event is one of two annual large get-togethers.
Sports and Speech Day
As a school we push every student to be the best they can be, and we believe in what we do. Therefore we always have a lot to celebrate! After two years of studying hard and calling upon everyone in the Buckswood family for support, graduation is the ultimate Buckswood celebration and we believe it has to be done in style!
Speech and Sports Day every year is the formal ‘passing out’ ceremony where the whole school and parents from around the world converge at the school to enjoy English summer strawberries and suffer the weather. For the Upper Sixth, the formal black tie cocktail party and limousine chauffeur service is their first taste of reward for working hard!!