Year 8

Welcome to Year 8

Mr-CraigThe Head of Year is Mr Craig:  He is supported by a strong team of seven Form Tutors. The team can be emailed at any time to answer relevant queries or questions.  Subject queries should be addressed to the subject teachers (see Curriculum for Heads of Department). For any other queries please see the full list of staff emails.

Burford Plus – Extended day for Years 7 & 8

From the start of October we are offering an extended day, until 8.00pm, for students in Years 7 and 8. This is to accommodate the needs of busy parents who may, due to work commitments etc, not always be on hand at the end of the normal school day.

Burford Plus offers students the opportunity to make use of the facilities within the Boarding Department; joining with the boarding students for tea and supervised homework and taking part in the evening activities organised by the boarding staff.

Key Academic Focus

burford school year 8 (1)Year 8 is when students build and extend what has been established in Year 7, working hard towards their end of KS3 exams. The school has an extensive range of opportunities open to students and every student is encouraged to participate in a variety of activities outside the curriculum.

Every year in secondary education is important and students in Year 8 need to build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from the previous year and develop these further in order to ensure continued success.



The priorities for the year are:

  • to preserve the good study habits, routines and behaviours established in Year 7 so that students are able to work and learn to their full potential. Student progress and attainment is closely monitored throughout the year and parents are notified through regular Reviews, Parents’ Evenings and, if necessary, through personal letters.
  • to prepare thoroughly for the end of year examinations so that students can gain results commensurate with their ability and potential.
  • to experience new skills and build new friendships through the extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities available; discovering new and unfamiliar activities and developing current favourites.



burford school year 8 (3)In line with government directives students are not permitted to take holidays during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances is the Headteacher able to sanction time off and adherence to this is essential for students to achieve successful learning outcomes.


Key dates

  • Review 1: – November 2016
  • Charter Day: – Friday 18 November 2016
  • Year 7 & 8 Christmas Disco: tbc
  • Review 2: – January 2017
  • Parents’ Evening – Thursday 16 March 2017
  • Junior Maths Challenge – Thursday 27 April 2017
  • Review 3: – May 2017
  • HPV injections – Thursday 11 May 2017
  • Internal Exams – Monday 5 – Friday 9 June 2017
  • Junior Sports Day – tbc
  • Lower School Prize Giving – Thursday 15 June 2017
  • Review 4 – July 2017
  • Whole school cross-curricular day – Thursday 20 July 2017


Year charity

Each year students choose a charity to support throughout the year. Students raise money for their chosen charity, raising awareness of the charity’s aims and projects in assemblies and through presentations.


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