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Supporting the British Heart Foundation

Supporting the British Heart Foundation

dodgeball-bhf-2The inaugural Year 9 inter-form Dodgeball competition in association with the British Heart Foundation took place last week. The competition was run as a knockout tournament and over 100 students took part across two weeks. The finals involved teams from 9AWI, 9RAL, 9LMO, 9JKE & 9RST with the competition won by a joint team from 9LMO & 9RAL.




dodgeball-bhf-1The competition was organised and run to also raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Through sponsorship, and student donations to play, students from Year 9 raised over £80. This is a fantastic achievement for such a worthy cause.


House Matches

Last week saw the Junior and Senior House Rugby and Hockey matches take place.

Overall results were:




Juniors: 1st Falkland  Equal 2nd Heylin & Warwick   4th Wysdom

Seniors:  1st Wysdom    2nd Warwick    Equal 3rd Heylin & Falkland




Juniors: 1st Heylin   2nd Warwick   3rd Falkland   4th Wysdom

Seniors: 1st Warwick   2nd Heylin   3rd Wysdom   4th Falkland


National anti-bullying week

Students throughout the school used their ‘Power for Good’ when celebrating National Anti–bullying week from 14 -18 November.


Students took selfies to show their support alongside participating in a variety of activities at lunchtime.  The Stonewall film FIT was shown in the main hall every lunchtime which looked at issues such as stereotyping and the use of homophobic language.


The Burford Self-esteem Team (consisting of the School Health Nurse, Home-School Link Worker and Heads of Year) looked at how we celebrate difference through discussions and art events surrounding the use of technology, and students challenged the media’s portrayal of ‘perfection’.


Amelia and Sidney, in Year 8, created an excellent video which will be submitted into the Oxfordshire Youth Competition.


A Christmas Miscellany


Burford School Presents 

A Christmas Miscellany

Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 December 2016

7.00pm     Main Hall

Former students are very welcome to join us.



Tickets: Adults £6.00 Students & Concessions £5.00

Music Theory Spaces Available


Do you need to pass Grade 5 Music Theory or do you want to know more about how music is written?


Mr Suter now has some availability in his Music Theory classes on Fridays in MU2 at 1.15pm.


Please contact Mr Suter directly at

An Evening of …



Friday 9 December 2016

7.00pm              Main Hall


Tickets £8.00  – Adults and students Year 7 and over


Includes chilli dish with side salad


Bar and soft drinks available


Tickets from Mrs Andrew:
01993 823303


Debating Matters Team go through to Regional Competition

img_20161201_131501Debating Matters is a national inter-schools competition, run by the Institute of Ideas, with over 70 schools from across the country competing in the qualifying rounds. This year two teams from Burford’s Year 12 competed at Magdalen College School in Oxford.


Our first pair, Lydia King and Genevieve Miles opposed the motion that ‘Social Egg Freezing Empowers Women’. Not only did they speak eloquently and argue their points extremely well, they also dealt with a grilling from the panel of judges – Andrew Billen, from The Times;  Jim Campbell, Leadership and Public Policy Programmes, University of Oxford;  and Bryn Harris, Speakers’ Corner Trust– who were unfailingly pleasant but also equally ruthless in their catechism.  As an additional jewel in the crown, they beat the team that won the National Finals last year, although we won’t crow about that too much.


Our other team, Olivia Duff and Charlotte Taylor, beat Marlborough School, proposing the motion that ‘Freedom Of Speech On Social Media Should Be Limited’. In a world where almost everyone believes (and rightly so) in human rights and freedom of speech, and fears  state oppression, Olivia and Charlotte argued convincingly about the dangers of ‘free speech’, and how this actually contravenes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was an extremely difficult and controversial stance to take, and it is to their enormous credit that they won a motion where the odds were stacked against them.


Our qualifying round won, we now move on to the Regional Finals in March and – with luck and more skilful debating – we hope the Nationals in the summer. Well done to the team:  you were outstanding.


Final note: Did I mention that we beat last year’s winners? I thought so!


Richard Dampney

English Department