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Cakes for Macmillan

Cakes for Macmillan

A fabulous range of cakes and a beautiful sunny morning helped to ensure the success of our Macmillan Cake Sale on Friday 25 September.


Along with many others across the country the Sixth Form students took it upon themselves to support this countrywide event and worked tirelessly producing a range of delicious cakes and selling them off on the day. Students and staff enjoyed the baking and the total raised was an impressive £220.41.

Silver Expedition success


Thirty-five of our students who are working towards their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award recently undertook their assessed expedition on Exmoor.

Martha Duffy and Tabitha Boyd report on their experience.



‘After leaving bright and early on a slightly foggy Friday morning, we arrived at Exmoor by 12 o’clock and set off on our D of E adventure. We began our day by venturing across marshlands and moor with, at times, only the rugged countryside for company and no footpaths in sight! Despite this, with the sun behind us, we found our way down into the valley and followed the beautiful tranquil river leading to Cloud Farm campsite. By seven o’clock the tent was set up and the Trangia was on, ready to cook our boil in the bag meals and, as we settled down for the evening, the skies cleared treating us to a well-deserved view of the stars and a very chilly nights sleep ahead!



The second day was our longest, totaling 10 tiring but exciting hours of walking. We woke to a valley clouded by mist and forced ourselves out of our warm sleeping bags to eat our porridge pots with a yawn.


Soon we were packed down and ready to go. Much to our delight, we were quickly greeted by a very steep hill, but, with sleep in our eyes, we managed to conquer it and kept going until we were rewarded with a brilliant view of the sea. Luckily for us, we followed the coast for a lot of our walk and even managed to see Wales across the channel. After a while, we had to venture further in land and part from the beach and sea side views, to eventually arrive at our next campsite: Sparkhayes Farm in Porlock. Once there, we threw off our boots in delight and quickly climbed into our sleeping bags after a hearty dinner and a hot chocolate or two.


On our final day, despite being tired and achey, we set off and gradually walked further inland, away from the sea. With the sun shining down on us (we didn’t have to use our waterproofs for the whole weekend-probably a D of E first!) and with Kendall mint cake and Hartley’s Jelly cubes at hand, we powered through field and forest to meet our final -and steepest-hill of the weekend. After finally reaching the top we were greeted by the groups that had got in previously, smiling teachers and the satisfaction of knowing that we had completed our Silver D of E expedition.


We then climbed onto the mini-buses ready to embark on the journey home and talked about how we couldn’t wait to be back in our own beds, have a decent night’s sleep and a warm bubble bath to soothe all the aches, pains and blisters we had previously endured!’


Riders go nationwide to represent Burford

Last weekend, Emily Notman, a new  Year 7 student, represented Burford School for the first time at Bury Farm, near Leighton Buzzard riding her horse, Bailey. She enjoyed a fantastic ride and is looking forward to her next competition this weekend which is the Autumn Schools Challenge in Cheshire.  Emily is ranked 3rd in the BSJA Bronze Pony/Rider combination league for the South East of England.

Poppy Charles - StonarAlso representing the school this weekend will be Poppy Charles and Jack Church who are both off to Stonar for the National School Equestrian Competition in Wiltshire.

Jack, along with his brother John, an alumni of the school,  is part of the 2015 Tetrathlon squad for the Old Berkshire Hunt.  The sport involves cross-country riding, swimming, running and shooting whilst Poppy is familiar with Stonar having come second at the Mini and Junior One Day Event there in May.

Drama students trip to London

On Tuesday 15 September forty nine Year 11 Drama students visited the Fortune Theatre in London to experience the chilling tale of The Woman in Black.  Based on the original and highly acclaimed book by Susan Hill, the story was brought dramatically to life in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation.

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The students were very impressed with the production and found it a real thrill of horror, causing them to jump out of their seats throughout. After the show they were able to take part in a post-show discussion with the actors and Director, Robin Herford.

Rugby teams off to a storming start

IMG_3145Our rugby teams have got off to a flying start with their first few matches.

Our 1st XV made an excellent start to the season beating Farmor’s School, Gloucestershire 22-21 in their first match.  They then went on to play Bloxham School, Oxfordshire and again won with a score of 19-7.

Not to be outshone, our U15s also took on Farmor’s School and beat them with a resounding score of 58-0! IMG_3058

Team building at PGL Liddington

IMG_7521A hundred and ninety-one new Year 7 students were taken to PGL Liddington for three team-building days last week.  They had a great time and shared lots of new and exhausting team building activities; getting to know each other away from the confines of school, and making new friends across the tutor groups.

One of their major tasks was to build a raft together. Fortunately the sun shone throughout the visit which made testing it out across the pond a lot of fun!



IMG_7485IMG_7465After the disco on Thursday it was time for more activities including Climbing, Archery and Abseiling and the students’ favourite;  The Giant Swing.

The team of staff who accompanied them thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the students and look forward to working with them in the coming year.

A Gala Performance from our Music Residential students

On Friday 9 July over seventy students and six members of staff embarked on this year’s Music Residential in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.  Each year our musicians from across all the year groups get together for a whole week to learn and rehearse music as part of the two school orchestras.  This culminates in the annual “Summer Gala” concert held back at school on the last evening of term.

K7__1584As always much fun was had by all those who attended this year.  Alongside the music there were inter-team sports events each afternoon and we had use of the swimming pool every day.  On the last night a disco is always held and the final team challenge, the “Dance Competition” takes place.

On returning home, Courtney Jones, one of those who attended commented:

IMG_7192“Having the opportunity to perform such a high standard of music in an orchestra and to spend a week away with students from Years 7 to 13 is a unique experience found at Burford School.  The fun that we’ve had learning the choir and orchestral pieces that we performed at the gala, as well as dancing, making friends and playing sport whilst on the residential, has created memories that will stay with all of us for the rest of our lives.”


IMG_7121The Music Residential and the Gala Evening are both wonderful events to end the school year and, once again, they proved to be a great finale to what has been a very busy and exciting year for our musicians.  The Gala Evening saw the many visitors who attended enjoying a wide variety of performances, both in the Main Hall and outside in the Quad, and the fine evening allowed guests to sit outside on the grass for the BBQ.


Support for Oxbridge Applications

Peterhouse College

Peterhouse College

On Friday 11 September nine of our Year 13 students who are making Oxbridge applications this autumn had the benefit of a workshop session with Kathy Purdy, a member of the admissions team at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. Through the activities they had already taken part in last year, most of the students are well-versed in the Oxford and Cambridge admissions process, but now that they are actually at the beginning of the process themselves, it was very valuable to draw on Kathy’s expertise.

She reminded them of some of the key points and the criteria for selection and was then able to answer their specific questions about Personal Statements, interviews etc. This was altogether a very informative and valuable session, which we hope will be of benefit in the coming weeks as applications are completed.

Students win Oxfordshire Ladies Cricket Final

Ladies Cricket - Shipton croppedWychwood Cricket Club Ladies Team won the Oxfordshire Ladies Mid-Week Cricket League Final on Sunday 6 September. They beat Moreton Cricket Club convincingly by 127 v 78. Seven members of the team are students at Burford.  They are: Lara Connolly, Emily Day, Holly Gorton, Ella Gorton, Rebecca Jenkins, Jessica Simpson and Imogen Summer.

Summer Music Exams

The vibrant Music Department at Burford is enhanced by the large number of students who study individual instruments. Druing the summer term thirty-six students were successful in the examinations they took. Instruments ranged from voice to electric guitar, saxophone to flute. In addition three students also achieved their Grade V Theory, which is now taught within school, and this will allow them to move on to the higher grades.