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Boarding House Open Evening

Boarding House Open Evening

In advance of our Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 26 November we held our first Boarding House Open Evening between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.  There were a whole host of things going on and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

Parents and students were able to see the house in full swing, with students having tea, enjoying the common rooms, exercising and using the equipment in the gym and getting creative with clay.  Those enjoying more independent living, prior to university, were busy baking in their self-catering kitchen and members of the Year 12 Young Enterprise team, Glaze, were promoting their new ‘Cake in a Mug’ products.

Staff were on hand to welcome visitors and provide general information and the students themselves gave guided tours around the house.  The visitors included some coming back for a second visit to the Boarding House, following an individual visit, and those who were showing an interest for the first time.

Sixth Form Open Evening

There was standing room only at our annual Sixth Form Open Evening held on Thursday 26 November. In addition to our Year 11 students who are thinking about next year we also had a record number of visitors attending from other schools.  Mrs Haig, the Headteacher, Mrs Shires, one of our Deputy Heads, and Ms Denny welcomed students to the evening and provided an outline of the Sixth Form ethos and aims, our previous years’ exam results and our curriculum offer.  The student overview and experience was provided by our Head Boy, George Genc and our Head Girl, Elspeth Martin.

With 29 ‘A’ Level and Level 3 courses to choose from, students and parents then went off to speak to the Heads of Departments for the specific subjects they might be considering.  In addition the Gym was full of stands providing information on subjects on offer in the Extended Curriculum.  Mrs Knowles, our Career Adviser was present to give advice and guidance,  the Boarding Team held a display and our Young Enterprise Team, Glaze, launched their wonderful ‘Cake in a Mug’ products to great enthusiasm.

An Evening of ‘All That Jazz’

Banner - GalaPlease join us for an evening of ‘All that Jazz’ on Saturday 12 December 2015.  This will be held in the Main School Hall from 7.30pm.  Tickets include a light supper of  chilli with a side salad.
A bar and soft drinks will be available.

Tickets from Mrs Andrew in the Medical Room
Tickets £8.00 Adults and Students Year 7 and above


Winners of the Rugby District Final

Our U15 team took on the Marlborough School in the Rugby District Final at Chipping Norton Rugby Club on Wednesday. They won by 17 points to 5, with Lewis Marstin as ‘Man of the Match’.

Burford v Marlborough School U15 rugby final.

Burford v Marlborough School U15 rugby final.


Ist XV and U15 Rugby Teams make District Finals

Our 1st XV and U15 XV have both reached the Rugby District Rugby this term. The U15 team will now play The Marlborough School, Woodstock and the 1st XV will play Bartholomew School on 1 December. Both matches will take place at Chipping Norton RFC.

Oxfordshire Sports Awards

Oxfordshire Sports Awards 2015

We have nominated the following students for the Oxfordshire Sports Awards.


India is currently the WKU British Champion and was Silver medalist at the European Championships.


Joe is currently a member of the WASPS Academy and the ENGLAND U16 Development Squad.


Selected to represent the South East Division at the English National Championships.


First place in the U18 UK Finn National Championships and First place in the U18 French Finn National Championships.


Finn is currently a member of the WASPS Academy.

The finalists will be invited to celebrate their achievements at a prestigious awards evening on Friday 27 November 2015 at The Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

Charter Day Celebrations and Upper School Prize Giving

Last Friday was the school’s 444th birthday. We celebrated with the whole school gathering in the Sports Hall; over 1100 students and all our staff. Students enjoyed a Review of the Year presented by George, Elsepth, Orlando and Maggie, our School Leadership Team, a drama sketch by our ‘A’ level Drama group and music by our school orchestra.

In the evening family and friends gathered in the School Hall for our Upper School Prize Giving. Our guest speaker, Jo Cotterill, the school’s Patron of Reading was inspirational and 187 students were awarded prizes. It was great to see so many of our students return from their first year at University to collect their prizes.

Autumn Pool Competition in The House

The first tournament of the academic year was held earlier this month with students from across the year groups taking part.  Held over several days, the final matches were played during the lunch break on Tuesday 17 November.

The winner was Jack Jenkins of 11WG, with Josh Painting of 7WE in second place.  A match was played for third and fourth placings. Tyler Wright of 7WE and Leon Whalley of 9IZ, were the respective winners of this game.

Ofsted Boarding Inspection

Our Boarding Department will be undergoing an Ofsted Inspection for three days from Tuesday 17 – Thursday 19 November 2015.

Parents and carers of our boarding students are invited to give their views on the boarding provision to Ofsted.  A letter to this effect is attached.

Open Evening – Sixth Form & Boarding Department

Thursday 26 November 2015

Sixth Form Open Evening: 7.00pm-9.00pm

We shall be holding our annual Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday 26 November.  This will take place between 7.00pm and 9.oopm in the Main School Hall.  Mrs Haig and Ms Denny, our Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form, will give an overview of the wide range of subjects available together with an explanation of the Extension and Enrichment opportunities available in the Sixth Form.  A student’s view will be provided by our Head Girl and Boy, along with their deputies. and following this staff responsible for the 29 ‘A’ Level and BTEC subjects we offer will be available for individual discussion with parents and students.


Boarding House Open Evening: 4.30pm-6.30pm

In advance of the Sixth Form Open Evening we shall be holding our first Open Evening at the Boarding House along Lawrence Lane (OX18 4RP). This is an opportunity for parents and students who may be thinking of boarding to come along, meet the staff and some of our current boarders and have a look around the boarding house.  We will be open between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.  Do join us for tea and cake.