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Swimming success at the District Gala

Swimming success at the District Gala

On Wednesday 24 February our swimmers performed outstandingly at the District Gala at Chipping Norton School.

Four new individual District records were broken:District swimming 2016

Sonny Piotrowsky in the 25m Backstroke
Tia Collett in the 25m Backstroke
Billy Wotton in the 50m Breaststroke
Matthew Edwards in the 50m Butterfly


There were also three Individual Medley Relay records broken in the following events:

U12 Boys
U12 Girls
U14 Boys
Both the U12 Boys and Girls, won their competitions and now qualify for the County event in July.
The U14 Boys were second and also qualify for the county event.  The U16 Girls were third, and therefore miss out on the next stage, however all the girls competing were either in year ten or year nine and will be able to compete again next year.

Enterprising students seize every opportunity

IMG_9591The first Business Breakfast of 2016 took place on Wednesday 10 February. Local businesses were well represented, alongside staff and governors.  The first breakfast of the year allows our Young Enterprise team to showcase their product and practice their presentation skills in front of an experienced audience. This year’s team, ‘Glaze’ are marketing popular ‘Cake in a mug’ products. The Young Enterprise team were very well received and sold several mugs to those attending the event.


We were delighted to be able welcome over twenty five business men and women from a broad variety of companies, some of whom were visiting Burford School for the first time.

These valuable business links allow the school to work alongside local and international businesses, to enrich the students’ education and understand the skills required to leave school equipped for life in the workplace.

If you would like to attend any of our forthcoming Business Breakfasts, please contact the Company Secretary, Mrs Suzanne Reeve at

Burford and Marlborough share District Trophy

At the Year 7 West Oxfordshire District Rugby Tournament, hosted by Burford School on 11 February, the school entered two enthusiastic teams.

The ‘A’ team won all three of their group matches with scores of  20-0 against The Henry Box School, 5-0 against Woodgreen and 10-5 against Bartholomew School.

The ‘B’ team also performed wellDistrict tournament participants drawing 0-0 against Carterton but losing 10-5 to Chipping Norton and 20-0 to The Marlborough School.

The final was contested between Burford A and The Marlborough School and ended in a 5-5 draw. As a result, the two schools will share the trophy this year.

A busy time in the Drama Department

January was an exciting month for the Drama Department, with a visit from an Australian College, a live Pantomime and performances of a whole-school production of Romeo & Juliet.


We were delighted to host a day’s visit from Wesley College, Melbourne. Thirteen students and three members of staff wowed Year 10 – 13 with performances of monologues and songs; an improvisation workshop and an abridged version of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ in the Drama Studio. Our visitors were generously hosted overnight with the families of our own students and we are currently being strongly encouraged by Burford Drama students to organise a return visit.


As part of the Drama Enrichment Programme, Year 8 students watched a live pantomime production of ‘Cinderella’ in the Hall on Friday 15 January. This experience will feed into the students’ current work in class. In true panto style, there was lots of fun audience interaction and general hilarity.

Romeo and Juliet Balcony

This year’s whole-school Drama production was ‘Romeo & Juliet’, set in Monaco in the 1950s.  The ground-breaking digital set, beautifully enhanced sound and lighting and magnificent costumes were all brought to life by the cast of actors from Years 7-10.   A production on this scale relies on dedication from everyone involved and this was no exception with stage managers, backstage crew, publicity and the front of house team all contributing to the success of the event.

Skiing success in Saalbach

On Friday 12 February forty-three students and six staff set off for the annual Burford School Ski Trip. This year the trip took us to Saalbach in Austria where students had the opportunity to take advantage of four and a half hours of ski lessons each day. The student group included twenty beginners as well as students returning for the second, third or fourth school ski trip.


Throughout the week students made excellent progress. Some went from being unable to stand on skis to skiing red slopes.  Others progressed from intermediate to advanced level. All in all the students worked very hard and were complimented by the ski instructors for their attitude, behaviour and progress throughout the week.


The students stayed in the wonderful Jugendpension Hochkogel Hotel and enjoyed fantastic 3-course meals each evening as well as games of table tennis. Throughout the week students were given the chance to enjoy evening activities. These included shopping in the towns of Hinterglemm and Saalbach, a very competitive group quiz and even more competitive games of curling.


Overall the trip proved to be a real success. The students were a credit to the school and received numerous compliments from hotel, ski company and coach employees for their excellent attitude and behaviour during the week. We now set about planning our next trip and hope to see a number of this year’s students returning to improve their skiing skills.


U16 Oxfordshire Badminton Champions

U16 Badminton championsIsaac Woods, Sijan Rai, Cameron Bilton and Louis Whitehouse – the Burford U16 Badminton Team –  have reached the South East Regional Badminton Finals, by becoming the Oxfordshire Champions.

In a very competitive event, held at The White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon, the Burford team, won all four of their matches, beating The Bicester School 5-0, Magdalen College School, Oxford 5-0, Saint Birinus School, Didcot 5-0 and Abingdon School 4-1.



Busy weekend for the Boarders

The boarders spent a wonderful, if exhausting, afternoon at the new freedog urban activity centre in nearby Swindon.  Sixteen students from across the year groups took advantage of the opportunity to burn off some energy on the main court which has over 80 trampolines and a range of foam pits –  the perfect place to be on a weekend of extremely bad weather.

Sunday saw the students celebrating Chinese New Year – this year the year of the monkey. Mrs Kelly, who used to live in Hong Kong, took charge of proceedings whilst the kitchen staff cooked up a delicious Chinese meal for all the students. Following the meal there were a range of activities and games to play adding to the festive feel.


On track for Spring Concert

Dr John Traill is now a familiar face around school having completed the first five weeks of his composition project with a number of students in Years 7-9.  The students have worked together in groups and individually, looking at a variety of compositional devices including sequencing and rhythm and melodic augmentation and diminution.

The students’ melodies are now being orchestrated by Dr Traill and after half term they will have the opportunity to hear them rehearsed by the school’s Symphony Orchestra in advance of their premier at the Spring Concert on 23 March.

Spring Concert

Please join us for our Spring Concert on Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm.  The school’s Symphony Orchestra will be playing Vaughan Williams’ Folk Song Suite and Danzon No 2 by Marquez. 

We are delighted to have Dr John Traill, Musical Director and Composition Don at St Anne’s College, Oxford with us for the evening. He will be conducting the Folk Song Suite and also showcasing the work of our Key Stage 3 musicians who are currently working with him on a term’s composition project.

Tickets are available from Mrs S Andrew: 01993 823303

Adults: £5.00 Concessions £4.00


Half term football round-up

FootballThe 1st X1  have progressed to the second round of the County Cup, with a win over The Marlborough School. They play Oxford Spires Academy next.

The U13s have started well in the District League, with a 0-0 draw against Bartholomew School, Eynsham and a 1-0  win over Chipping Norton.

Likewise, the U12s are also unbeaten, with wins over The Warriner School in Bloxham, in the County Cup and a 2-2 draw against Bartholomew School, and a 2- 1 win over Chipping Norton, in the District League.

The U14s and U15s have both lost their opening matches.