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Christmas Holidays

Christmas Holidays


School finishes at 12.15 on Friday 18 December and students return to school on Monday 4 January.

We wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year.


Media Students win Asda Advert Competition

Asda Media winnersTwo Year 8 students, Hayley Cable and Charlotte Drury, have won the ASDA radio advert competition for the newly opened ASDA store in Carterton and yesterday afternoon recorded their advert professionally at the Jack FM recording studio in Oxford.

The competition, open to students in the local area, was to create and record a radio advert for the opening of the new store and is to be used as the regional radio advertising in the next few weeks.

The students came up with their ideas and created and recorded their winning entry completely independently. ASDA commended them on their ‘voices and overall production’ and Jack FM praised their professionalism. ASDA used their entire concept, including the words and phrasing that the students had written. Both students thoroughly enjoyed the project and found the experience of recording in a professional studio very interesting and exciting.

Junior House Matches

Heylin House Match Winners Dec 2015Congratulations to Heylin who won the Junior House Rugby Competition today, winning all three matches.

The overall results were:






In the Junior House Girls’ Hockey Competition the overall winners were Warwick.






Oxford University’s British Physics Olympiad

BPhOOxford University’s flagship competition, the British Physics Olympiad (BPhO) has run for 25 years and is entered annually by over 1,600 talented young physicists. The examination-based competition has a dual purpose: to challenge and reward the best physicists in British schools and to select the UK Physics Team for competition at international level.

Several of our students entered the competition this year and all performed extremely well.  Joseph Duffy, was one of the top fifty who took part and will go forward to the second round of the competition in the New Year.


Joseph Duffy               – Gold (Top 50)
Mia West                       – Bronze l
Lara Connelly            – Commendation
Andrew Skidmore    – Commendation
Will Swift                     – Commendation
Orlando Ross             – Commendation



A Christmas Miscellany

Christmas message image - Oliver Glynne-Jones Yr 11WGPlease join us for a Christmas Miscellany in the Main Hall on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 December at 7.30pm.

Year 9 West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership History Presentations


WOLPIn November, four Year 9 students including Freddie Norridge, Isla Smith, Katy Leverett and Hugo Eayrs
were selected to represent Burford School’s History Department in a joint research project alongside three other schools in the West Oxfordshire Learning Partnership.

The research project is running across the four years of the centenary of the First World War. It was launched in 2014 and will run every year until 2018. Four Year 9 students are selected each year from each of the participating schools in the partnership. Each school team delivers a presentation on a topic relating to the particular year of the war being commemorated. This year the focus was 1915 and Burford School delivered a presentation on the Gallipoli campaigns.

All four students were a real credit to the school; they worked exceptionally well together in terms of conducting research for and producing the presentation as well as delivering the presentation on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. World War I experts who were judging the presentations commented on the excellent presentation skills of the students, the historical content of their presentation and the variety of methods used to connect with the audience.




Winners of the Rugby District Final

Burford 1st XV beat Bartholomew School, by 27-0, in the District Final, at Chipping Norton Rugby Club, on Tuesday 1 December.

All members of the team played extremely well.  Man of the match was Dan Crook and Captain Ollie Toner scored the final try to seal the match.


Triumph Over Local Rivals

IMG_5474In the penultimate match of the season, Burford 1st XV recorded their biggest ever win over local rivals Cotswold School, by  50 points to 0! Flanker, Austin Shipway, was ‘Man of the match’.

The squad now looks forward to the District Final v Bartholomew School, on Tuesday 1 December at Chipping Norton RFC.

Inspiring Women – Ending Discrimination

We marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November with visits by three inspirational women who spoke to the students about equality and taking on challenges more usually tackled by men.

Gee Headshot 1Our first visitor was Georgina (Gee) Purdy who in just over a week will take on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge along with three other girls. The team leave from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 15 December and expect to arrive in Antigua some time between the end of January and the middle of February. Gee spoke about the importance of seizing opportunities whenever they arise – auditioning for a play, joining an orchestra, trying a new sport;  whatever appeals to each student as an individual –  and to have a go, even if it means going along to something without knowing anyone.

The girls are raising money for PLAN UK’s ‘Because I’m a Girl’ campaign which is aiming to protect the rights of adolescent girls, keeping them safe from harm, giving them access to a quality education and delaying marriage or childbirth in order to break the cycle of poverty ensure a brighter future.

As a former student of the school, her talk was particular motivational and we are looking forward to hearing all about the race when she comes back to visit us in the spring.

Our second visitors, focusing on the theme of taking on less conventional challenges for girls, were from the Oxford United Community Trust and the Women’s Oxford United Team.

IMG_8971We welcomed, Caroline Robbins, Operations Director of the Trust whose role is to encourage women into sport, not only as players but within the wider roles of running sports teams and events.  She came along with Katherine Nutman, one of the Oxford United Women players who spoke about the team, fitting in practice alongside a normal day job and the camaraderie amongst the girls.  The pair took questions from the students and issued a generous invitation to visit the Kassam stadium to any student who feels their future may lie in sport.