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Oxford and Cambridge Offers for Sixth Form Students

Oxford and Cambridge Offers for Sixth Form Students

OxbridgeFour students from Burford School have recently received offers of university places at Oxford and Cambridge.

Annabel Redman has an offer to read Spanish and Beginners Russian from Oxford University, Joseph Duffy has an offer for Natural Sciences from Cambridge, Keith Collister has an offer to read Computer Science at Cambridge and William Legood has been offered a place to read Law, also from Cambridge.

The Oxbridge application process is highly competitive and intellectually gruelling; the fact that our students have gained places on some of the most competitive of courses is particularly noteworthy and a just reward for the commitment they have put into their studies throughout their time at school. It is especially gratifying to note the broad range of subjects that students will be reading, which reflects the strength and breadth of subjects studied in the Sixth Form. We are very proud of their achievement.

At Burford we are committed to encouraging aspiration. For our most able students this means they are given the opportunity to engage with Oxbridge programmes from the beginning of Year 12, so that the institutions and their selection process are less daunting. However as a Comprehensive school we are equally keen to ensure that all of our students are fully informed and advised about their future choices, as well as being thoroughly prepared for what lies ahead, be that university, Further Education or Advanced Apprenticeships.


Textiles student wins through to National Final

red-carpet-compOur Year 10 GCSE Textiles students have been busy entering this year’s Fashion Icon Competition run by the Inkberrow Design Centre. The students were required to design an outfit for a Red Carpet event with a particular celebrity in mind.

Yesterday it was announced that Kara Simpson has been selected for the final which will take place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 18 March.  In addition Izzy Skillan and Maddie White both won Highly Commended.

All their work will be on display on the ‘fashion wall’ at the NEC and will be open to the general public attending the Fashion and Embroidery Show from 17 – 20 March.



Big Bang at Rutherford Appleton

Year 7 RAL visitOn Friday 15 January nine Year 7 students were taken on a trip to Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, at Harwell, near Didcot. They were directed to the Visitor Centre and were introduced to some of the staff. They learnt about the role of the laboratory and the work, in particle physics, space science, astronomy, bio-medicine and much more, of the 10,000 scientists and engineers who form part of the project.


Whilst they were there they had the opportunity to make ice cream!  Despite the chilly day this was a great success with the students and everyone enjoyed the visit immensely.


Here’s what a few of them had to say about it:
‘We made lemon and meringue ice cream with liquid nitrogen.’: Jemima Keen
 ‘Liquid nitrogen was really cool.’: John Gulland:
‘The lemon and meringue ice cream had such a nice texture and had a delicious flavour.’: Alice Wilson


Rutherford appleton donut


Sixth Form visit to Oxford Brookes University

jhbb-october2014On Thursday 14 January seventy-five Year 12 students enjoyed a day at Oxford Brookes University. The aim was to give ‘A’ Level students greater insight into what going to university and studying a degree course would be like.

The students attended presentations about student life, how to choose a university course and student finance, as well as being given a tour of the campus, which has been greatly redeveloped by Oxford Brookes in the last few years.

Students were also able to opt for two academic ‘taster’ sessions, selecting from a diverse range of courses from Fine Art to Midwifery. By the end of the day all agreed that they had a much better grasp of what being an undergraduate was like and felt much more informed about possible courses of study – a great benefit when they come to make their university choices over the summer.

Launch of exciting new Music Composition Project

IMG_9205Mr Frankcom, Director of the Burford Institute of Music, welcomed Dr John Traill to Burford this morning for the start of an exciting new musical experiment offering twenty three Key Stage 3 students an insight into composition for orchestral instruments.  Dr Traill, who is the Musical Director at St Anne’s College, Oxford will work with the students each week throughout the term, culminating in a performance at the Spring Concert to be held at school on Wednesday 23 March. This is a rare opportunity for our students to work with such a prestigious, compositional expert,’ said Mr Frankcom, ‘and one which they are all very excited about.’

Dr Traill is looking forward to exploring the ideas of this talented group of students and sculpting sound with them. ‘The goal of the project’ he said ‘is to join the dots between how music is written and how we perform music by exploring the synchronicity between performance and theory.’  This project is a natural follow on from the practical workshops Dr Traill promotes to enable young musicians to learn through real interactions, rather than just theoretical discussion.  Our GCSE and ‘A’ Level students currently attend sessions at the University throughout the year with Dr Traill,  so we are delighted to be able to provide our younger musicians with an equally rich learning experience’ said Mr Frankcom.

The students will work in small groups of seven or eight and compose pieces in response to Vaughan Williams’ Folksong Suite.  These will be performed within the interludes of the suite, to be played at the concert in March, and will be conducted by Dr Traill.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet BalconyJoin us for our latest production from the Drama department.  Romeo and Juliet will be staged from Tuesday 19 January – Friday 22 January 2016. Performances start at 7.00pm in the Main Hall.

Tickets are available from Mrs Andrew in the Medical Room or on the door.

Adults: £8.00   Concessions (Under 18/Over 65) £5.00