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Year 4 discover new languages

Year 4 discover new languages

120 Year 4 students from our primary feeder schools came to Burford to spend a day learning new languages. Students learnt French food, German colours and numbers, listened to a French story and learnt Japanese! They were all very enthusiastic and embraced these new opportunities.

Well done to all those who took part and we will see them very soon when they join us as Year 7s in a few years’ time.

School awarded Bronze Certificate by ISM

Burford School has been awarded the ISM/ISM Trust’s Bronze Certificate which recognises entries and attainment in GCSE music across the whole of the Key Stage 4 cohort  and indicates that more than 10% of all the school’s GCSE students achieved an A* to C in GCSE music.


Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM – the professional body for musicians – congratulated the school, saying:


‘We are delighted to recognise Burford School’s achievement in music and celebrate the commitment to music education shown by the school in their high uptake and high achievement of pupils’.


‘Music is a valuable subject, it brings value in itself to pupils as well as supporting achievement in other subjects. Music also opens doors and generates educational opportunities for pupils from all backgrounds. We are delighted that Burford School values music within their school curriculum and as the professional body for musicians and a subject association for music education, we are delighted to recognise this high level of achievement with this certificate.’

The certificate is awarded by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the ISM Trust (


The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the UK’s fastest growing professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all musicians. Today it supports nearly 8,000 members with unrivalled services and expert advice, from study up until retirement.

The ISM Trust, the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) sister charity, was created in 2014 to advance education, the arts and to promote health.

The primary focus of the Trust is to deliver high quality professional development by leading practitioners from the ISM and also in partnership with other organisations.

The ISM Trust is dedicated to creating pioneering resources to support music and all those who work in the sector inducing music educators, performers, and composers and delivers its work through webinars, regional seminars, training events and advice packs.

Swimmers bring home the County Trophy

After achieving success at the District Gala, in February, our swimming teams competed at the County Gala, at Blackbird Leys, on Tuesday 4 April, with further success!


Our U16 Girls were 1st and have therefore become the County Champions! The team consisted of Lucy Gotta, Freya Moody, Cathy Naus and Georgia Duff

Our U14 Boys were 2nd and our U14 Girls were 3rd.


Congratulations to all our swimmers.


Year 7 students are pool champions

The final of the Easter Pool Competition took place in the House yesterday with James Elderfield (7JPE) eventually beating Finlay Rae (7JPE).

Sixteen students from across the year groups took part in an exciting tournament which has been played over recent weeks.

Living for Sport projection culmination

Twelve Year 9 students put all their hard work into practice as they completed the final part of their Living for Sport Project in conjunction with Sky Sports. The students have spent the past three months planning for today’s sports session in which they hosted sixty students from Burford Primary school. Each session was based on the sport of rounders with the Year 9s adding their own imaginative spin on this sport. All of the students who took part had a fantastic time and enjoyed being put through their paces by their older counterparts.

The Year 9 students will now take the skills they have learned and apply them to the remainder of their Year 9 studies.

An Outstanding Production


A truly outstanding production of Oliver! came to an end on Saturday with the cast receiving a standing ovation from the audience of just under 250.   1,500 visitors came over the course of six performances to watch this year’s Broadway Musical, enjoying familiar songs from Oom-pah pah! to Reviewing the situation.

Playing to full houses the cast rose to the occasion with what can only be described as truly professional performances.  The orchestra played beautifully throughout and their positioning, behind the back wall of the scenery, allowed the cast to make full use of the auditorium, entering and exiting within the audience. Fabulous costumes, extraordinary make -up, atmospheric scenery, lighting and sound all added to the theatre of the performance and the audience were given a true Broadway experience.

As one visitor wrote afterwards:

‘I wanted to congratulate everyone involved in the amazing production of “Oliver”. Our youngest grandson was in the chorus and we are enormously proud of him, but we also wanted to say the whole show was incredibly professional and enjoyable. Chloe Skillan (Nancy) in particular would not have been out of place in a West End production.  Many, many congratulations and we look forward to more years of entertainment. Really well done to everyone.’