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Boarders visit Wychwood for International Week

Boarders visit Wychwood for International Week


A group of eleven boarders from across the year groups, and with a range of nationalities, spent the morning at Wychwood Primary School introducing the pupils to life and culture in their different countries. The pupils learnt how to write their names in Chinese, practiced their French in the French cafe, took part in the Goblin Plop Dance from Denmark and marvelled at how difficult it is to dance Indonesian style? Flag colouring, number counting and  challenging puzzles contributed to a great atmosphere of excitement and discovery.



Year 13 Economics Students’ trip to London

Economics tutor, Mr Pullin, recenty took the Year 13 students to London in support of their ‘A’ Level course.  Jasmin Palmer reports on the trip.


‘Our trip to London consisted of a visit to the European Parliament Office and the Bank of England. We found out facts about the European Parliament, their member countries and how the EU operates. Acting as groups within the EU parliament, we debated whether Turkey should be allowed to become a member of the EU.  The outcome was against.

After this we moved onto an exciting talk in the Bank of England. We learnt about how they carry out their aims of monetary and financial stability, how bank notes are made, and where the 400,000 gold bars are stored. We looked around the museum, tested our money to see if it was counterfeit, balanced inflated rates and got to feel the weight of a real gold bar.’

Exciting day for Year 6 G & T Students

Ms Nielsen , our Gifted and Talented tutor, invited pupils from Year 6 to share a day of activities at school yesterday.  It was an opportunity to engage them in some challenging tasks, give them the experience of a day in the school and provide them with the opportunity to work with others across the different primary schools.



‘Twenty-five Year 6 students from six of our partnership primary schools converged on Burford School for a G&T Day yesterday. Mr Phillips used spy stories to ignite the students’ descriptive writing skills; Mrs Pearce-Higgins got the students delving into DNA extraction and finger-printing in a Science laboratory and Mr Nunn showed students the intricacies of code encryption and decryption.



At the end of the day, the students’ parents heard what they had learned, what they had enjoyed and not least of all, what new questions they had about the topics covered during the day! They were a fantastic group of students and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day. A huge thank you to everyone who made the day possible.’   Ms Nielsen


Business comes to breakfast

On Thursday 8 October staff, governors and representatives from local businesses gathered together for the first of two Business Breakfast which we hold annually. We were delighted to welcome over twenty five business men and women from a broad variety of local companies, some of whom were visiting Burford School for the first time.

A delicious light breakfast was served in the East Dining Room, followed by a presentation from guest speaker Rebecca Moore of O2i.


O2i connect businesses and schools for the purpose of inspiring young people to see their potential and set ambitions for the world of work. By strengthening the links between business and school they aim to provide the best opportunities for students and the best future employees for businesses. Their work is exactly in line with the thinking behind our Business Breakfast, so we were very interested to find out more from Rebecca.

Our next Business Breakfast will take place on Thursday 4 February 2016.  On this occasion our Young Enterprise Team – ‘Glaze’  – will give a short presentation.

We welcome individuals from the world of work to our Business Breakfasts. Please get in touch with Mrs S Reeve, Company Secretary  if you would like further information.



Primary pupils attend CSLA Event

IMG_8463This year over fifty students have signed up to qualify as Sports Leaders.  The Sports Department will be training students for the Junior Sports Leader Award and those in the Sixth Form will be preparing for their Community Sports Leader Award.  As part of this, pupils in Years 5 and 6 from six of our partnership schools came to Burford on Wednesday to take part in a hockey tournament.  The CSLA students refereed all the matches, which were played with great enthusiam and competitiveness.


In addition to running a range of events at school during the year, the CSLA students are required to seek out and take part in the coaching of sport within their own communities.

West Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Event – Thursday 22 October

STEM Burford schoolThe annual Apprenticeship Event held by the West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership will be held on Thursday 22 October at Witney Lakes Resort between 5.00pm and 9.00pm.

Invitations have gone out to all those in Years 11, 12 and 13.  This is an event endorsed by our local MP and provides a great opportunity for students and parents to find out more about what is available and how to secure a placement. The event attracted over 400 people last year and this year, with over 30 exhibitors, it is certain to be another busy evening.

Examples of employers who will be exhibiting include, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy,  Airbus Helicopters, Siemens, NHS, Hunts,  Darke and Taylor.  Young people will have the chance to talk informally with companies and their current apprentices about their career choices and pathways.  Oxfordshire Apprenticeships will also be giving presentations at 5.00pm and again at 7.00pm accompanied by Apprentice Ambassadors from Darke and Taylor.

Find out more about the event here.

Star for a Night – tickets available

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We shall be holding our annual Star for A Night Evening on Tuesday 17 November between 7.00pm and 10.00pm.  Students are currently auditioning for a place to represent their house and win hotly contested house points.   This is an extremely enjoyable event supported by friends, parents and students across the year groups.  Tickets always sell out quickly, so do contact Mrs Andrew in Reception in good time to secure yours.

Adults £6.00  Students £5.00



European Day of Languages

Last week we celebrated “European Day of Languages”. Although the official day was Saturday 26 September, the Modern Foreign Languages Department decided to make it a week long celebration and involve staff and students.


Years 8 and 9 students took part in a fiercely contested  inter-house competition which put students’ language general knowledge to the test. In the end the winners were Warwick with 40 points, closely followed by Wysdom who were just one point behind 39.  Heylin came a very close third with 38 points and Falkland were fourth.
Year 7 students also took part in individual language based competitions during one of their French lessons and their individual scores will go towards their House scores.


Staff also took part in a languages quiz and the winner was Assistant Head, Miss Skerten, with an impressive score of  8 points out of 9, closely followed by Miss Davies (Second in Science) with 7 points out of 9.


During the week, Radio Burford messages were broadcast in five different languages by five members of staff.  This gave both students and staff  the opportunity to guess which languages were being used.


As usual, the week was a great success due to the enthusiasm of the students and the hard work of the staff and we look forward to next year’s celebrations.


Burford take on the Australians

aaBURFORD_AUSTRALIA_1122Our U14s Rugby team, a new squad from Years 9 and 10 who had not played together before, put up a great effort against visiting side Newington School,  Australia last week.  Newington, who had been on tour together for two weeks prior to their arrival in Burford, were unbeaten in their four previous matches, averaging 50 points per match! Despite losing to them 67-14, Jamie Nelson and Oscar Hemsworth scored great tries, both of which were converted by Fin Ayris.
aBURFORD_AUSTRALIA_821The 25 Newington boys spent two nights with Burford families and in the Boarding House  and had previously  spent time in Coventry, Bristol and South Wales. They ended their tour at Twickenham, on Saturday night, watching Australia beat England, before flying back to Sydney on Sunday.

As a result of this visit, it is likely that we will visit Newington on our Sports Tour to Australia, in July and August 2016.

Newington  were the second Australian school to visit Burford this term. Last week, St Paul’s School, Manly, played our 1ST XV, winning by 46-12. Burford ‘Man of the Match’, was Gareth Jenkins. The team was captained by Ollie Toner, seen below with his counterpart from St Paul’s after the match.