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Year 7 settle in

Year 7 settle in

A fresh new academic year has seen brand new faces at Burford School and what a start all the Year 7 students have enjoyed.  All the students have made an excellent beginning and enjoyed a plethora of new and exciting experiences, from musical events and fixtures in the sporting arena, to achievements away on their first school trip and on the classroom.

The second week of term (14–16 September) saw the students leave for PGL Liddington for their ice breaker style residential trip. They had a brilliant time and their ‘give it a go’ attitude was something to be admired. The three days comprised of team building exercises, daring heights and the ultimate test of nerve in the giant swing.


On Tuesday 11 October we had the renowned Year 7 Choir Evening where students within their tutor groups pit their singing prowess against each other.  This was attended by over 300 parents and students and it was a close call to decide a winner – but 7RBA were too strong and took the crown for 2016.

Academically there has been a very well attended Maths Forum held by Mr Nunn and Mrs Britton which showed parents how to help their son or daughter with Maths. It was an insightful, fun and enjoyable evening with parents and students taking a great deal away from it.

Mrs Thomas, Head of History, marked 950 years since the Battle of Hastings with a variety of events and games throughout the week running up to the 14 October. Activities, which the students in the year group enthusiastically got involved in, included:

  • Quiz Questions delivered on Radio Burford each day.
  • Year 7 Minecraft ‘Build a Norman Castle’ competition.
  • Arrow Hunt – break and lunchtimes. A competition with prizes for all those who collected the largest number of red arrows hidden around the school.

Thursday 13 October was Meet the Tutor Evening.  This was an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet the tutor of their son or daughter and talk about how their child has settled in to life at Burford. The evening was very well attended and provided the opportunity for informal chats and a chance to see more of what the students had enjoyed on the PGL trip to Liddington.

Workshop with ‘Re:Sound’ Theatre Company

img_2596On Monday 17 October musicians from Years 8 – 13 took part in a workshop with the theatre company ‘Re:Sound’ in conjunction with the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Re:Sound is a collective of multi-disciplinary artists formed with the aim of producing new and existing works of music theatre.

The Lieder Festival is the focal point of Oxford Lieder’s year, presenting more that thirty five concerts and dozens of other events celebrating the unique art form of song.  It is well established as one of the world’s leading song festivals and the biggest in the UK attracting many of the world’s greatest artists.



These talented actor-musicians (all acting, as well as playing multiple instruments and singing!) introduced students to the life and music of composers Robert and Clara Schumann. The day concluded with a performance of the play ‘Duet’ which was performed as part of this year’s Oxford Lieder Festival.

Students also had the opportunity to talk to the cast and find out about their careers as professional musicians. It was an exciting and varied day which everyone agreed was stimulating and enjoyable.

Battle of Hastings – 950 Years

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 to the Battle of Hastings.

Friday 14 October 2016 marked the 950th year since the battle took place. From 10-14 October the History Department held a number of competitions for students to get involved in including: Quiz Questions on Radio Burford, a Minecraft Norman Motte and Bailey Castle Competition for Year 7 students and an Arrow Hunt with sixth six red arrows hidden around the school for students to find.


The winners of the Radio Burford quiz questions were as follows:


Monday – Daisy Granville 7ABE

Tuesday – Jamie Leverett 7IRO

Wednesday – Dan Brindle 7IRO

Thursday – Nicole Allen 8BSE

Friday – Daisy Granville 7ABE


The winners of the fiercely contested arrow hunt were:


1st Place             23 Arrows Miya Tomlins, Lily Pitrowsky, Daisy Pitrowsky, Angel Willis (7ABE), Lucy Howarth (7JDA), Nancy Cox and Charlotte Oliver (7RBA)

2nd Place =        8 Arrows Daisy Mainwaring, Charlee Grimmett, Saskia Nowell, Shaye Halcrow, Rosie Hampson, Antonia Roberts (7JDA)

2nd Place =        8 Arrows Daisy Granville (7ABE)

3rd Place            7 Arrows Megan McSherry (10PCO)


Rugby Round-up Term 1


This has been a busy term for our rugby players, with 25 matches played, since we started back in September!

The 1ST XV (pictured), have won three games and lost three and now look forward to League matches against Bartholomew and Woodgreen, in an effort to retain the District title, in December.

The U15s have struggled to put out a settled squad and have lost all four games, whereas the U14s have put themselves in a very good position to qualify for the District Final by winning three matches and losing two. The U13s have produced some excellent results, winning eight, drawing one and losing two of their matches, which included being Runners- up in the District Tournament at Chipping Norton School.

There is lots more Rugby to come, after half term.


Announcement of November INSET Day

Friday 25 November 2016 has been set as our next INSET day for this academic year. Please note that the school will be closed to students on this day.


Boarding students will be in the Boarding House for the day.

External visitors deliver PSHE

During this term we have welcomed a number of speakers into school who have added to the delivery of our PSHE curriculum. These have included:


fire-and-rescue-4Year 10 – ‘Choices and Consequences’ – a presentation on the consequences of the choices people make; from not wearing seat belt to texting when in a vehicle.  This was delivered by our local Fire and Rescue Services.


Year 11 ‘Cyber Bullying’ – a presentation from the Schools’ Police Officer on what students might encounter online and how to deal with it.


downloadYear 11 – ‘The Recruitment Process’ – a presentation from Hays Recruitment on the employment process and post 16 interviews, including how to write a good CV. All Year 11 students have also prepared individual CVs ready for a round of mock interviews.  They have considered, not only their educational achievements and predicted GCSE results but also thought about their skills set to date, together with work experience, volunteering and extra-curricular activities they currently have or are involved in. External employers have been into school and all students have now undergone a mock interview and received feedback on their performance and on areas in which they can improve in preparation for the world of work.

Year 11 students have had a presentation from our Career Advisor, Mrs Knowles, on ‘Post 16 Options’, covering pathways to further academic study and the world of apprenticeships. Mrs Knowles has also given a presentation on ‘Preparing for Work Experience’ which students in Year 10 will be undertaking later this year.

3cde669Next term, we look forward to presentations from TSB to Year 11, on ‘Bank Fraud and Budgeting’,  and The Training Effect (TTE) who provide a range of services, including training, facilitation consultancy and business development. They will be speaking to Year 8 about ‘Alcohol’.

0aec5d5fe5ceffea18bc1b8515070bb6-360x270The Fire and Rescue Services will be back for one of our extended assemblies to talk to Year 8 about ‘Fire Safety’, The Schools’ Police Officer will talk to Year 10 about ‘Cyber Bullying’ and Abingdon and Witney College will build on Mrs Knowles careers talk to Year 11 by explaining their position on ‘Post 16 options’.

Girls Sport and PE


We have had a varied start to the season with a mixture of results. The U15 (Year 10) team have been excellent, winning all of the games they have played in their tournament, so becoming District Champions. We still have a lot of matches to play and are looking forward to more success after half term.  A reminder that Hockey Club is on Monday nights and anyone is welcome.

Our results this season so far have been:


U12 v Chipping Norton School – lost


U12 v Woodgreen  – drew


U13 v Chipping Norton School – lost


U13 v Woodgreen –  lost one  & drew one


U14 v Chipping Norton School – won 2-1


U14 v Woodgreen – lost


U15 v Chipping Norton School – won 7-0


U15 v Woodgreen – won 6-0


U15 won the District Tournament


U16/19 v Chipping Norton School –  won 3-1


U19 3rd in the District Tournament



We have had a growing number of students attending the Gym Club this term.  They have been able to take advantage of floor work, full apparatus and vaulting.  Everyone is looking forward to continuing after the break when we are happy to welcome new members.


Girls’ Football

The Girls’ Football Club is held on Thursday lunchtimes in the Sports Hall.  Those who attend are very enthusiastic, however we are keen to recruit new members so that we can increase our numbers and be in a position to enter teams in future competitions.


News from the Boarding House

New School Year

September approached with the threat of an Indian summer and sure enough the sun shone on the start of the new academic year. The Burford Boarding Department welcomed back their overseas and UK boarders and Mr and Mrs Kaaber,(Housemaster and Housemistress) Mr Hopwood (Assistant Housemaster) and Mr Cowley (head of Year 7 and House Parent) arrived to join the already established and much loved team of duty staff.

Activity Programme

The consultation on the implementation of the new activity programme involved both students and staff deciding on the most entertaining and exciting places to visit. The term began with a visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park quickly followed with a trip into Oxford to stock up on start of term school supplies. Once the term was underway weekend destinations included places such as the Oasis Water Park, Hollywood Bowl, Free-Dog Trampoline Park and a trip to CineWorld; along with regular mini buses into Witney every Saturday.

With the warm weather hanging on until the start of October it seemed only fitting to squeeze in an Autumn BBQ one week. Also included in the programme are regular after school activities such as swimming, football, rugby, dancing martial arts and even dog walking for those missing their own furry friends.

House Superstars

On arrival at Burford School all students are allocated a House, over the course of year the House Superstars programme provides opportunities for all students to be involved in competitions against the other houses. This concludes in the awarding of the House Cup at the end of the Year to the winning House.

In the first of the scheduled competitions, each team had to provide two girls and two boys for a 5 basketball shoot out. In an incredible performance for Heylin, Isabel in Year 7, scored the highest score of the day with a fantastic score of 4/5 beating all of the school basketball team and earning resounding applause from everyone!

New noticeboards have been placed in the dining hall in order to display the points prominently and advertise other upcoming events such as House Music and House Football. House superstars was continued the following week with a general knowledge quiz lead by Mr Kaaber wherein despite valiant efforts from all of the houses, Warwick came out on top to take the number one place.


Parent Governor Election

There are currently three vacancies for Parent Governors, on the Board of Governors at Burford School. Nominations were invited during September and we are pleased to have received four candidate nominations. This means we must now hold a ballot.

Every parent will receive an election pack via their child by Friday 21 October. This will contain an election letter, ballot paper, plain envelope and personal statements from the candidates.

Your candidates are Steven Carroll, Alan Frew, Tony Leach and Shane Rae.

Please return your ballot paper to school by 3.00pm Friday 11 November 2016. There will be a ballot box in reception. Envelopes can also be returned to the school address, by post.

Once the election has been completed, we will advise you of the successful candidates.

League of Champions Global Language Competition



The Year 9 and 10 students who recently took part in the League of Champions Global Language Competition have so far achieved excellent results.  In the Challenge Cup for all languages Burford students are number twelve on the leader board out of over a hundred  national and international schools, with a total of 140,085 points. In the Genius Cup in Spanish, we are in position 18 with 79,240 points.

Our school GENIUSES are: Top scorer: Lauren Brown with 13,475 points followed by Rebecca Davies with 11,415 points and Ben Taylor with 11,400 points. This is a fantastic and well deserved achievement.