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Sibford Rugby 7s Tournament

Sibford Rugby 7s Tournament

Three Burford Junior 7s sides competed in the annual Sibford Rugby 7s tournaments this week.

The U13s kicked off on Tuesday in a sluggish manner, playing poorly in their opener against Blessed George Napier, before finding some form to win the remainder of the pool matches and qualify for the Cup quarter final as group runners-up. The QF, against neighbours Cotswold, was a tight and tense affair, until Cotswold’s superior pace across the pitch enabled them to pull away at the death and consign us to a 14-24 defeat.


Blessed George Napier: Lost 10-31

Oxford Spires: Won 24-0

Marlborough: Won 22-5

Cheltenham Bourneside: Won 28-0

Royal Latin: Won 10-5

Cup QF – Cotswold: Lost 14-24


On Wednesday, the U16s, playing in their first tournament this year, kicked off with three tough games back to back, losing to Warwick and Magdalen College School before finding some form and securing wins against Wood Green and hosts, Sibford. Two narrow defeats followed against Cheney and tournament winners Warriner before finishing the day with a comfortable 41-0 win against Warriner’s B-string to finish a creditable 4th place overall in a round-robin format.



Warwick: Lost 0-26

MCS: Lost 7-19

Wood Green: Won 24-5

Sibford: Won 19-0

Cheney: Lost 0-14

Warriner ‘A’: Lost 14-21

Warriner ‘B’: Won 41-0


On Thursday, the U14s completed the week with two narrow defeats to open their tournament before finding some form to beat Blessed George Napier. This form continued with an excellent performance to beat Icknield who had earlier beaten the side who beat us! Placed third in the pool on points difference, the plate semi-final was a bridge too far against a sizeable and talented Royal Latin side who went on to win the Plate.



Chenderit: Lost 7-12

MCS: Lost 7-21

Blessed George Napier: Won 35-7

Icknield: Won 28-17

Plate SF – Royal Latin: Lost 7-28

G & T Student Conference in Oxford

Thirty students from different year groups attending the annual Gifted and Talented Student Conference at Oxford Town Hall on Friday 3 March. The theme of the conference was philosophical thinking and there were a series of talks on the following topics: ‘Who am I? What Can I Hope For?’; ‘The Philosophy of Science’; ‘What Should I Believe?’ and ‘What Ought I to Do?’ There was a panel discussion on: ‘Does the Extent of Evil and Suffering Mean that God Cannot Exist?’

The day is always extremely intellectually stimulating and a great opportunity to meet like-minded students from schools across the south of England.


Busy time in the Boarding House

This week the Boarders have enjoyed a taste of Spring and, with the thought of warm evenings ahead, the weekend project was to clean off the picnic tables and move them to a new position in a sunny part of the courtyard. The House Council intend to decorate the area with fairy lights and create an alfresco dining area for the summer evenings.

The students went hunting down bargains last weekend at the designer outlet centre and this week the anticipation is finally over, as twenty students head out to the cinema in nearby Witney to see the long awaited Beauty and the Beast.

The House Teams continue to fight it out in the name of points and pride. After last weekend’s House Quiz, Falkland have a tenuous hold on the lead, with only 5 points separating them from Wysdom who remain in 2nd place. The House Domino Challenge will take place on Saturday evening, with the offer of 20 points going to the winning House.

The Boarding House football team will take on the Oratory School this coming weekend, with confidence running high after last week’s 5-0 win over the Dragon School, let,s hope the team can come home victorious again.


‘Oliver’ – Tickets on sale now

This year our Broadway musical is ‘Oliver’.  The biennial musical is a great event at Burford with professional lighting, costumes and staging brought in to add to the magic of each performance.  The huge cast, across all year groups, needed for this production are well into rehearsals working every day to put on the high standard of event always seen at Burford.

Tickets are already selling fast.  Do get in touch with Mrs Andrew in the Medical Room to reserve your seat.

£10.00 Adults

£8.00 Students and concessions

£6.00 Saturday Matinee

Please note: As all tickets are numbered they must be paid for at the time of ordering and cannot be reserved pending later payment.

Please address any queries to Mrs Andrew on: 01993 823303


District Cross Country Triumph

Well done to Lucy Gotta of Year 11, who won her race in the District Cross Country competition at Bartholomew School, on Monday 6 March.

Libby Gotta was 4th in the Year 8 girls’ race.

In the Year 7 competition, Jai Forster was the first Burford boy home, finishing 14th out of 40 runners. The Boys’ teams were 5th and 7th overall.

In the Girls’ competition, Charlotte Oliver was the top girl from Burford, finishing 12th out of 36 runners. The Girls teams were 5th and 6th overall.

Well done to everyone.


BBC News Report

Students from this school made the news for real on 16 March 2017 as they took part in BBC News School Report. Take a look at the videos to hear some of their news stories.

Thinus Delport helps out students

On Monday 13 March, fourteen students from Year 9 took part in the Living for Sport Project Day in conjunction with Sky Sports. The project involves the students learning key skills from sport which can assist them in all aspects of life. These skills include teamwork, independence and perseverance. With the help of these skills students will be organising and running a sports event for Burford Primary school. This is something they have been planning over the past few months and they are very excited to be taking up this opportunity.


The group were joined for the day by ex-South African Rugby Union player – Thinus Delport, who led them in both practical and theory tasks. The students also took the opportunity to demonstrate the plans they have created for the forthcoming Primary Sports Event with Thinus passing on his words of wisdom.


The day proved to be a great success with the students demonstrating excellent teamwork, organisation and sporting skills. We now look forward to them delivering their sports events to Burford Primary School on Monday 3 April.


Rugby 7s – Sibford Tournaments

The Burford Rugby 7s programmes continues next week with the U13s, U14s and U16s all participating in the Sibford tournaments.

The U13s will be competing on Tuesday 21st, with the U16s playing the day after on Wednesday and the U14s competing on the Thursday. Each tournament will kick off at 1pm.

Parents are very welcome to support our teams, and the postcode for Sibford School is OX15 5QL.


From Good to Outstanding

In February 2017 we were visited by members of our local Challenge Partners’ Group who spent three days in school meeting with staff and observing our teaching and learning methods.  We are delighted to say their findings were extremely positive. Our report on their findings are available for you to download.

Challenge Partners is a group of autonomous schools and academies, based on the principles of teaching school alliances, who work together to lead school improvement both locally and nationally. The Partnership has its roots in the London Challenge programme which developed an approach to school improvement based on school-to-school support and practitioner led innovation. When the programme ended many of the school leaders who played a role in that work committed to developing a self-funding and sustainable way, through Challenge Partners, to continue and develop this approach nationally.

The Partnership now contains over 300 schools across the country and includes schools from all phases, governance types, and stages in their school improvement journey.

The Shape of Challenge Partners draws upon structures developed by groups such as the John Lewis Partnership. Schools are linked to teaching schools and together they agree their local agenda of activities, targets and ways of working. All schools are company members which ensures that Challenge Partners remains a genuine school-led collaborative.

Challenge Partners was named to illustrate two key factors required for effective collaboration and school improvement.

“Challenge” indicates the rigour that is built into the organisation through strong quality assurance measures, self-regulation and accountability to the whole system. Challenge is required to the status quo, and current definitions of excellence, if all schools are to improve pupil outcomes.

“Partners” indicates a compelling and inclusive moral purpose and strong, shared values, principles and beliefs. It shows that it is a partnership owned and led by its members who decide together how they want to shape its activity and direction ensuring a sustainable and effective approach to collaborative improvement.


Roving Reporters steal the show!

Last week our Year 7 Roving Reporters (Who put together the Year 7 Newsletter) went along to the ‘Have your Say Day’ event where schools compete against each other and they are tasked with creating/designing something that will improve their local area. This could be transport, anti-social behaviour or environment for example. The event is run by local police officers, PCSO’s & the council and at the end of the event they had to present their ideas to a panel of judges and of course the other schools.


Our team created/designed an App that would disable your phone when you entered a car with the aim to reduce the amount of accidents on the A40 which happen due to this reason. This of course is a current topic and they created a Video, backing track, PowerPoint presentation, costings and advertising strategies. I have attached a 1min long video which shows the start of their brilliant presentation.


We were the only team which consisted of Year 7 students solely as the others schools had a variety of age groups, including sixth form students within their team. The Roving Reporters worked incredibly hard and came away as winners of the entire event.


They were rewarded with a very large trophy and gift vouchers from WHSmith.


The students involved were:


Sam Branigan, Yvonne Dragnevska, Dan Brindle, Campbell McDairmid, Louis Williams, Danielle Dixon-Hamilton, Jennifer Sawitzki, Archie Abberley, Emily Tinney


Congratulations to them on a fantastic achievement.