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Cricketing success for Boys and Girls

Cricketing success for Boys and Girls

DSCN4757Both Boys and Girls have achieved success this term in Cricket competitions.

Our U13 girls were County Champions and achieved a very creditable third place in the Regional Finals, in Birmingham.

The U13 Boys, won the League and Cup Double, beating Lord Williams School, by 18 runs and the U14 Boys, won the County League , beating Marlborough School, Woodstock, by 51 runs.DSCN4759


Swimming County Finals

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Both our Year 7 Swimming teams performed well at DSCN4756 (1)the County Finals, at Radley, last week.

The Girls, were 4th out of thirteen Schools and the Boys, were 3rd out of twelve schools.

Inter-house Horse Show success

This year thirty eight horses and ponies arrived at Burford School at 7.30am on Wednesday 13 July in preparation for the first class, ‘Best Turned Out’. The class was judged by Headteacher, Mrs Kathy Haig, and by Mrs Carole Hogg who then continued to judge the dressage for the remainder of the day – Mrs Hogg is Chairman of the British Dressage Under 21’s Team. The show jumping was judged by Mr. Aaron Nobbs (an ex-Burford student who has competed in the show-jumping world internationally) and Miss Eleanor Martin – again an ex-Burford student and keen equestrian.


The sunshine on the day enabled the show to start promptly and rosettes were soon delivered to all students.



With the dressage competition underway, the clear round jumping started for our younger students which was followed by the combined training. Staff and students came out to watch during the day and a whole school picnic and BBQ took place at lunchtime.  Some light rain arrived at 2.30pm and so the last race of the day was completed on foot!

Three trophies were given out this year. Ella Gosling was awarded The John Hooley Trophy for all her efforts on the day, Alice Edwards was awarded the Dixie Dude Memorial Trophy for gaining the highest dressage score and the House Trophy was awarded to the winning house…. Warwick!

A wonderful day was had by all and many thanks to all those who helped to organise and run the event.

“Thank you so much for the horse show today.  It is the highlight of Lottie’s year and I have never seen so many smiling faces at a show.

 Burford school is so unique in the way it supports and promotes these children with their passion.  I think it is wonderful that they can show their skill to the rest of the school and for the rest of the school to learn a bit about their world.”  Caroline Norton-White, mother of Lotti.

“Oliver had a thoroughly enjoyable time and it is fantastic that the students get to showcase their passion to the rest of the school” Wendy Cherry, mother of Oliver.



‘micro:bit Show & Tell’ Evening

Inspirational, innovative and impressive best describe the Year 7 micro:bit Show & Tell event held recently. Thirty-one Year 7 students provided a phenomenal evening by demonstrating their programming achievements with the newly released micro:bits to more than fifty parents and their families.

The new BBC micro:bits is the result of the collaboration between twenty nine organisations including Barclays, Microsoft and Samsung to encourage a generation to take the lead in technological advancements. Akin to the BBC micro of 1981 this new micro:bit has been distributed through schools to every Year 7 student in the country  to stimulate computational thinking and coding ability.

The evening started at the end of school day with thirty-one enthusiastic students staying behind to develop their coding projects and demonstrations ably assisted by Mr Beaney, Mr Count and Mrs Bogdiukiewicz.  Then at 5:45pm pizza stopped play as the students tucked in to a veritable feast.  After a quick tidy up, final preparations were made to their demonstrations before greeting parents at 7:00pm.

Year 7 students will be able to collect their micro:bits at the end of the Summer term following a series of introductory lessons taking place during timetabled ICT.  More information about the BBC micro:bit is available at

The Battle of Hastings comes to Burford

1066 was a momentous year for England. The death of the elderly English king, Edward the Confessor, on 5 January set off a chain of events that would lead, ten months later, to the Battle of Hastings.


This October marks the 950th year since the battle took place. On Monday 11 July Year 7 gathered in the gym for the judging of their shields – a closely contested competition. All four houses had a fantastic range of shields on show and Mrs Haig (Headteacher), Mrs Shires (Deputy Headteacher) and Mr Count (Head of Year 7) struggled to choose between them. Overall, however, Falkland House was judged to have the most impressive array of shields.

Following this Warwick and Wysdom students, the Saxons, gathered in their ranks forming a shield wall at the top of the Year 7 and 8 field facing Heylin and Falkland, the Normans, who had formed three ranks at the bottom of the hill: the archers, infantry and cavalry. Saxons were jeering, stamping their feet and shouting down from the top of the hill, however this did not stop the ferocious Normans from mounting several charges at the shield wall. Unsurprisingly the Normans eventually won with William being crowned king!


We then got to witness Mr Love firing the trebuchet across the field – on target several times. A very eventful afternoon all round!



U13 County League Winners

Our U13 cricketers took on Lord Williams’s School yesterday in the County League.  Burford won the toss and decided to bat first. After the early loss of in-form batsman Jake Romanek, Captain Dee Jarvis added some quick runs along with Jason Duckworth to get Burford to a fairly low total of 69-4.

U13 County League Winners

Lord Williams started well but when Ben Ross dismissed their opening batsman they faltered and some excellent bowling combined with a superb team fielding performance saw Burford restrict the visitors to 51-7 and bring the U13 League Champions Trophy back to Burford. Joint men of the match, Patrick Doe and Jason Duckworth, played a vital role in the team’s triumph.


Successful season for U13 rounders Team

Under 13 squadBurford girls have had a successful rounders season with both the U12 and U13 teams making it to the county finals.
The U12 team,  captained by Isobel Riley did very well and came 7th but the U13 team showed great team work and came home with 3rd place medals.


Year 6 looking forward to September

Year 6Kiran Millwood HargravesWe were very pleased to welcome well over 200 Year 6 students to Burford last week for two days of induction.  We spent Thursday and Friday settling them in and helping them find their way around our lovely big site. On Thursday the students enjoyed some Music in the hall as well as English (Our Head of English providing homework for the summer) and Maths.  In the evening some attended a fascinating talk by Jim Kay, illustrator of the new Harry Potter books, before joining us for their very first Parents’ Evening.  Friday saw Non-Newtonian Fluids being explored in Science and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of the newly published Girl of Ink and Stars, came to visit and gave a very interesting talk.

Thumb prints were taken, the canteen and buses were successfully mastered and everyone learnt which Tutor Groups they have been assigned to for September.  To finish off over 300 students attended the Year 6 and 7 disco on Friday evening.  If the Induction Days are anything to go by it’s going to be a lot of fun in September.


Burford retain the ‘Annual Junior Challenge Trophy’

Burford retained the ‘Annual  Junior Challenge Trophy’, against Henry Box School, with an emphatic 91 run victory.

Burford Junior Leaguewere put in to bat and lost an early wicket, which brought Scott Haley and Henry Findlay- Wilson together. Over a 13 over partnership they put on an impressive 121 runs, with Henry scoring 77 not out and Scott 46 not out! Burford finished on 128-1.

In reply, Henry Box struggled to score consistently and lost wickets in quick succession, finally being bowled out for 38.

This is the sixth year in a row that Burford have won the trophy, which was first played in 2003.

The MCC proved too strong for the Burford School 1ST XI, this year, winning by 91 runs.MCC 2016


As is the custom, the MCC batted first and scored 182-8 off 38 overs. There were some excellent catches taken, notably three by Captain Jack Davies! The best of the bowling came from Finn Barrett, who took 3 wickets for the loss of 78 runs, off his 11 overs. There was also success for Jack Romanek of Year 10, who took 2 for 12, off 5 overs.


In reply and under intense pressure from the MCC fielders who were often crowded around the bat, the School lasted for 39 overs (12 short of the draw) finishing on 82 all out.

Notable batting performances came from Aaron Court (25), Henry Findlay-Wilson, of Year 9, (22) and Captain Jack Davies (14).