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County Swimming Gala

County Swimming Gala

U14 Swimming Team - County GalaOur U14 Boys Swimming Team competed recently in the County Swimming Gala, in Oxford.

The team consisted of Billy Wotton, Matthew Edwards, Scott Howarth and Charlie Driver.  Billy Wotton performed exceptionally well and won the Breaststroke competition.

The boys performed well as a team too and finished 5th out of the nine schools taking part. As they are all currently in Year 8 they will be able to complete in the same competition next year when they hope to do even better.


Strong start to the Cricket Season

Under 17 CricketersOur U17 Cricketers progressed to the Semi-final of the County Cup with an eight wicket victory over Cherwell School, Oxford.


Cherwell batted first and were bowled out for 42; Henry Findlay- Wilson, taking 4 for 6 and Man of the Match, Blake Richardson, taking 3 for 8 and two excellent catches.


In reply, Burford lost an early wicket and then Captain, Tom Puddle top scored with 17, before being given out LBW.  Jack Romanek hit the winning runs with a shot through mid -wicket, that went for 4; leaving Burford 44-2.


The team now look forward to playing against Cheney School, Oxford, in the Semi-final.

Recent sporting news


The U14 (Year 9) Girls Netball squad, who won the District Championship, took part in the County Finals recently and finished third overall.


The U12 (Year 7) Girls Hockey squad, who were also District Champions, took part in the County Finals, and came a creditable fifth overall

Cross Country

The Cross Country County Finals took place on Monday 18 April at Tilsley Park, Abingdon.  Two of our students did exceptionally well.  They were Lucy Gotta, who came in 3rd, and Jack Allen who was 5th.

FootballFootball round up 2016

The Football season ended in March with 35 matches played across five age groups.  The overall outcome was 16 wins, 8 draws and 11 losses.

The ‘ stand-out’ team of the season were the U12’s ( Year 7), who won their District League, winning 4 and drawing 2 of their matches.  They also reached the County Cup Semi-final.

7 - 8 Sport Relief MileSport Relief

Students in Year 7 and 8 took part in a mile run for Sport Relief last Thursday. Along with a sixth form mixed touch rugby match they raised £115.

Getting creative with Carnegie Winner, Tanya Landman

On Wednesday 27 April, students in Year 8 were treated to an engaging talk by the Carnegie award-winning author, Tanya Landman.  She spoke about her life and her writing and also read an exciting extract from her latest novel, Hell and High Water.

Afterwards, thirty-seven enthusiastic writers from Year 8 were fortunate to be nominated to take part in a writing workshop led by Tanya, where they had great fun plotting murder mysteries.

Each student chose a celebrity to be murdered and then worked out potential suspects and motives, before writing their own suspense-filled, and often blood-soaked, opening paragraphs. There was some absolutely fantastic writing, involving very inventive and gruesome murders, all planned with rather worrying relish. The many excellent ideas included Miley Cyrus killed by an exploding wrecking ball, and the murder of Chris Evans by poisoned hairspray!

Tanya’s visit was a great inspiration for Burford’s aspiring young writers.


Visit from Lord Borwick

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We will be hosting a visit from Lord Borwick as part of what is becoming an annual event: participating in the Peers in Schools programme.

On the afternoon of Friday 29 April 2016, students from the school will gather to listen to Lord Borwick speaking about the work and role of the House of Lords, and to participate in a Q&A session. The event is a fascinating insight into the workings of the House of Lords and an excellent opportunity for students to ask questions about current political issues.

The Lord Speaker’s office manages the Peers in Schools scheme as part of the House of Lords outreach programme, which raises awareness of the Lords and encourages people to get involved in its work.

Members, whose backgrounds include careers as varied as academics, former teachers, scientists, lawyers, former cabinet ministers and civil servants, have visited almost a thousand schools.

Since the Peers in Schools programme launched in September 2007, members have spoken to around 75,000 pupils. Work has included supporting the teaching of the citizenship and social studies curriculum (KS 4 and 5) and encouraging students to learn more about politics and Parliament.

The Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza is a strong advocate of the programme and says: ‘Events in Westminster can sometimes seem very remote but it is vital that people understand what goes on and how they are able to interact with parliamentarians to promote and progress causes which are important to them. I hope that Peers in Schools can contribute to developing that understanding among school students.’

From Wickstead to Hickstead

18969028-260b-490c-b759-ce9c4af6bbe3Our Equestrian Team took part in an exciting day at Wickstead Horseplay earlier this month.  This was the first NSEA event to be hosted by Burford School.  It was a complete sell out, attracting the many schools from all around the area. Competition was fierce and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Burford’s results for the event were:

Class 1 (70cm)
Individual results
Lottie White – 1st
Team results – 3rd 
Lotti White
Mimi Johnson
Courtney Arnold

Class 2 (80cm)
Individual results 
Ella Charles – 3rd
Red Orr – 6th
Team results – 1st (Qualifying for Hickstead)
Ella Charles
Red Orr
Mimi Johnson
Lotti White

Class 3 (90cm)
Individual results 
Poppy Charles – 3rd
Team results – 1st (Qualifying for Hickstead)
Annabel Norton
Poppy Charles
Jack Church
Emily Warner
Issy Barker, Oliver Cherry, Caitlin Fowlie and Zara Kiernander also rode on the day.

As a result Burford have two teams selected for the Eventers’ Challenge Final at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead in West Sussex in June.  This venue is the pinnacle of show jumping venues and the teams are buzzing with excitement and working hard in preparation.



Murder Most Unladylike at Burford School

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On Friday 15 April , some of the Year 7 and 8 students were lucky enough to meet Robin Stevens, award-winning author of the brilliant Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries.  She visited Burford as part of her Jolly Foul Play tour, promoting her latest book, in which young detectives, Hazel and Daisy, are back at school, investigating the murder of their horrible head girl.

Robin treated the students to a fascinating talk about her books; the students learnt all about the process of writing and worked with Robin to create their own unique murder mystery.

At the end, there was an opportunity to ask plenty of questions, to buy the books and have them signed by Robin.


Visit to the Imperial War Museum

 The RE and History departments recently took fifty enthusiastic Year 9 pupils to the Imperial War Museum in London.  The students had a tour of the Holocaust Exhibition as well as an informative session with the Education Department at the Museum.  It was a great opportunity to see first hand some artefacts from the time and really engage with this important event in History.

The students imagined themselves as curators of a moving exhibition and debated which artefacts to include.  The model of Auschwitz was a popular choice as were a collection of shoes belonging to victims.  The behaviour of the students was exemplary – showing maturity and thoughfulness.

After a picnic lunch in the sunshine the students then had time to explore the new World War One galleries, the large exhibits and of course the shop!  Overall it was an enjoyable and informative trip.