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Annual Boarding House Leavers’ Fete

Annual Boarding House Leavers’ Fete

The annual Boarding House Leavers’ Fete was held on the last weekend of June.  This is when we say goodbye to some of our students, our Year 11 and Sixth Form, going on to college or university, and our younger overseas students returning home after spending the year with us to improve their English.

We celebrated the day with a barbeque, run by our school Catering Manager, a disco, a bouncy castle, and inflatable games such as the bungee run and the gladiator fight, which were great fun and brought out the competitive spirit in everyone – especially the staff! An ice-cream van arrived mid-afternoon, along with the rain. Fortunately, the weather didn’t stop anybody digging into enormous mounds of ice-cream covered in chocolate sauce, multi-coloured sherbets and marshmallows and even after this everybody was still able to tuck into the splendid buffet tea, provided by our wonderful kitchen staff who did a sterling job all day.


After lunch, there were speeches and a presentation of books by the Head of Boarding, Mr Pilgrim, and the Head of Pastoral Care, Mrs Johnson. There was a lovely video, made by Michael Santos, with a message for each student from their friends. Photos and memories were shared, a reminder that, despite all the fun and celebration, this was an emotional day.

This was a day to say goodbye to friends, a day to say goodbye to some wonderful students: some of whom had been with us since year 9 and are now leaving for university; some of whom have been here only a short time but have certainly made their presence felt; all of whom should be proud to have made a fantastic contribution to life at Burford Boarding. We wish them the best of luck in their futures.  We will certainly miss them all and hope that they will keep in touch.



Design & Technology Show

The Boat

Showcasing the work of GCSE and ‘A’ Level students

Special guest – Award winning designer – Daniel Scholfield BA (Hons)
Wednesday 6 July 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Main Hall


The Art Department were delighted to welcome visitors to the ‘A’ Level Art and Photography Show in the Art Department on Wednesday evening.

Students work, which had been moderated during the day, was on display throughout the department and students were on hand to talk about their projects and how they had found the whole ‘A’ Level experience.

Younger students also visited with parents and were able to see the variety of projects undertaken at ‘A’ Level and to understand more about the working patterns of students at this level.  Staff explained the nature of the courses available and the demands on students. in terms of time and commitment, to achieve the high standard of work on display.

Visitors, who included, parents, friends, governors and staff all commented on the variety of work on show and the range of impressive and varied work.

Batting partnership breaks school record

u13s cricket top scoreA school batting partnership record that has stood since 2009, was broken on Tuesday, by a massive 71 runs!
Burford’s U13 opening batsmen, amassed a staggering 179, without the loss of a wicket, in the Oxfordshire League match against Cherwell school, from Oxford. This means that the team now go through to the County League semi-final, later in the month.
Captain Dee Jarvis , was 76 not out and his partner, Jake Romanek top scored with 82!
Both boys will now be added to the ‘Highest Scores’ List, for U13’s.

There was also success for the U15 team, who beat Warriner School, from Bloxham, by seven wickets.  Man of the Match, Lewis Marstin, top scored with 45.

Success in District Athletics

There were both team and individual successes in the District Athletics Competition, at Tilsley Park, Abingdon, last Wednesday.

Team Events

In the team events, the Year 9 girls won their competition, while the Year 8s were sixth and the Year 7s were third.


The Year 8 boys won their competition, with the Year 7s coming fourth and the Year 9s coming sixth.

Individual EventsDistrict Athletics Abingdon 2016

In the individual competitions, there were first places for:


Megan Shepherd, in the Year 7: 800 AND 100 metres.


Molly Larkin, in the Year 9: 100 metres.


Milly Pittaway, in the Year 9: 1500 metres.District Athletics Abingdon 2016 - boys


Helen Barker, in the Year 9: Shot Putt


Harry Silman, in the Year 7: Shot Putt


Ethan Howard, in the Year 8: Vortex Javelin.


Luis Henriques, Iffy Nailatikau, Ethan Howard and Harvey Sawyer, in the Year 8 Relay.


Burford’s Musicians Play for the Queen


‘All that Jazz’, the Burford School Jazz Band, were delighted to be invited to play at the Tower of London on Saturday in celebration of the Queen’s Official 90th Birthday.  The week of events, entitled the 4th Water City Festival of the Arts, is showcasing a wide range of exceptional choirs and musical groups from across the country.

At a recent private function the Jazz Band were heard by Mr David Cameron who was one of the guests. Learning they were going to be in London performing, he kindly invited them all to visit him at No 10.  Despite the arrival of a stream of dignitaries from around the world, and a particularly busy schedule on that day, Mr Cameron was very welcoming, posing for photos and inviting the students in to sit around the cabinet table – the first school ever to have done so, apparently.

The students then moved on to the Tower where they played a triple programme of music to hordes of appreciative UK and overseas visitors.

Everyone agreed it was an outstanding day and clearly one that will rank as a ‘Burford highlight’ by all those who attended.

Do read Phoebe Haywood’s wonderful and amusing first-hand account.

Riders compete at Hickstead

CaptureFollowing their success at Wickstead Farm last month two equestrian teams travelled down, in great excitement, to Hickstead in Sussex over half term to represent the school in the National Championships.  After stabling their horses for the night they tried to get some sleep themselves in tents and horseboxes in order to be up bright and early for their classes the following day.

One of only two state schools to qualify for the
competition, our riders looked very DSC_0703smart in their new Burford kit. The teams competed in two classes – the 85cm class and the 90cm class. In both they were placed 6th and in the 85cm class jumped one of only two clear rounds.


U14s win Oxfordshire League Match

Henry Findlay-Wilson
On Thursday 26 May the U14 cricket team beat Chipping Norton School by 6 wickets, in the Oxfordshire League.


Chipping Norton batted first and were restricted to 83-7 after some excellent bowling from captain Freddie Norridge, who took 3 wickets for 9 runs.


In reply, Man of the Match, Henry Findlay-Wilson steered  Burford to victory with a very impressive 68 not out, reaching the total with 2 overs to spare.


Year 7 Athletics event

Year 7 AthleticsOur Year 7 Athletes took part in their first competitive Athletics match on Tuesday against Bartholomew School,Eynsham.
There were some excellent individual performances, which included:

Megan Shepherd who was 1st in the shot putt, 100 and 800 metres and relay.

Nathan Nyenya who was 1st in the High Jump and relay and Second in the Long Jump

Keiran Day, who was 1st in the 200 metres and in the relay.

The overall results were as follows:
Boys : Burford 120 – Bartholomew 116
Girls: Burford 113 – Bartholomew 126

Overall Bartholomew won by 9 points.