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Kicking off English Enrichment Week

Kicking off English Enrichment Week

English Enrichment Week kicked-off with a fantastic talk to Year 8 from Dan Freedman, author and sports journalist. Students were given a taster of life following the England World Cup squad, alongside hearing about what inspired Dan to write. In the afternoon, a smaller group of students were treated to a creative writing workshop with Dan, where he helped students to write emotive and exciting descriptions of a sporting event. A great time was had by all!

Celebrating Carnegie Day 2017

What an excellent year it’s been for the Carnegie Awards! We don’t envy the national judges, who had to pick from a brilliant nominations list, then an even more brilliant longlist, then an absolutely exceptional shortlist to come up with this year’s winner. We did, however, have the opportunity to shadow the judging process, with a number of Year 7s, 8s and 9s reading as many books as they could to choose which was their favourite of the eight shortlisted titles.









After flying through books, writing reviews to appear on the Carnegie website, and meeting with others to discuss their thoughts on each title, participants were invited to attend Carnegie Day with three other local schools on Monday 19 June. Each participant joined a group based on their favourite book, and gave a group presentation on what their book was about and why it should win. Presentations consisted of everything from Lightsabre battles (Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce) to the life of an immigrant boy called Beck in Depression-era Canada (Beck by Mal Peet), and thoughtfully-presented board games of a refugee’s journey through WWII-era East Prussia in Ruta Sepetys’s Salt to the Sea.

After presentations and a fancy dress contest (where Year 8 Amy Nightingale dressed as Bone Sparrow’s Jimmie took the prize for Pupil’s Choice), the day was topped off with a special Carnegie cake whilst Shadowers watched the awards ceremony live and got to see Ruta Sepetys take home the Carnegie Medal for Salt to the Sea. It was also a nail-biting finale for our Shadowers, with points for choosing the winning book pushing Team Salt to the Sea (Year 7s Emily Hoyle, Amy Godden, Lucy Howarth, Sophia Dutton, Year 8 Alice Wilson, and Year 7 Jess from Chipping Norton School) right past the finish line. The Carnegie Shield is now proudly in Burford School Library awaiting its engraving to commemorate the group’s extensive creativity and talent in presenting the case for Salt to the Sea.

The eight shortlisted titles this year were Beck by Mal Peet, The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Amesty CILIP Honour winner), The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard, The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Railhead by Philip Reeve, Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, and winner Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  All are now available to borrow from the Library.

Comfortable win against visiting Australians

Burford’s senior cricketers secured a comfortable five wicket victory over Kent Street High School, from Perth during their visit to England this month.

In a thirty over match, Kent Street elected to bat and after a slow start, which saw Ben Brown take a hat-trick and finish with figures of 4 for 33, the tourists finished on 135-9.

In reply, after losing an early wicket, Burford’s Harry Davies (who finished on 51) and Henry Findlay-Wilson (29), steadied the ship, putting on 61 for the second wicket. Late flourishes from Lewis Marstin (14 not out) and Ben Norgrove (7 not out), meant that the total was reached in the 23rd over.

An excellent performance against a competitive opposition.

U15 Girls’ Cricket Team to represent Oxfordshire

Burford’s U15 Girls’ Cricket Team were winners of the county ‘Chance to Compete’ competition held on 20 June. They played outstandingly and now go on to represent Oxfordshire at the Regional Finals held at Moseley Cricket Club in Birmingham.

The U14 team, who were runners up, also deserve credit for an excellent performance.

An outstanding year in the Art Department

Last night, the Art Department show cased an excellent exhibition of this year’s A-Level Art and Photography work. From Harry Barker’s large scale and highly intricate oil paintings, to India Ross’ sensitive studies of age and Cydney Prothero’s bold, expressive ink and multi-media representations of body image. Not to mention, George Pitt’s incredible array of Photography work centred on the surreal and technology. His ideas and concepts explored were electric!


It was a lovely atmosphere, buzzing with excitement and celebrations. From the whole of the Art and Photography Department we are immensely proud of all their achievements. We wish all the Year 13 students well in their future artistic careers.


Royal Academy A-Level Summer Exhibition Online

The Art exhibition also displayed the winning submissions for the recent Royal Academy A-level Art and Photography exhibition. Orla Powell, George Pitt and Harry Barker were highly successful in being selected for exhibition, which had over 2,400 submissions from students across the UK.

All the shortlisted entries can be viewed at:


Burford U13s win the Three Counties Challenge Shield

Burford U13s secured the annual Three Counties Challenge Shield with wins against Somerset’s Backwell School and the Cotswold School from Gloucestershire. In the opening game, tight fielding restricted Backwell to 56/7 off their allotted overs, with Rafe Mason and Issy Reilly taking two wickets apiece, before Burford reached the target for the loss of four wickets.


With Cotswold beating Backwell in the second game, the final match was a winner-takes-all encounter. Winning the toss, captain Aidan Wilkinson opted to bat and was bowled agonisingly short of his half century on 46. His opening partner Rafe Mason posted 52* to steer Burford to 141/2. Rafe then took 3/12 with the ball, with George Laverack and Jonny Peach both taking two wickets, and two outstanding catches and a run out from Jack Phillips-Richardson dismissing Cotswold for 97 for a 44 run win.


The U13 team, unbeaten so far in their West Oxfordshire league, look forward to their final league game this coming Wednesday away against Cherwell School at 4.00pm.


Summer Gala

Please join us for our Summer Gala on Friday 21 July, starting at 7.00pm. This is the culmination of an exciting year’s work and promises to be a wonderful evening of varied music.

Attached is a poster for the event and an order form.

Please return it, along with payment,  to Mrs Jenkins (Music Administrator) in the Music Department.


Cycling Challenge

Six of our Year 9 students took part in a Cycling Challenge event, at Carterton School, which involved individual sprints and slalom events.
The Burford team, pictured, were a very creditable fourth overall.


‘Road to Wimbledon’ tie break

The annual ‘Road To Wimbledon’ Tennis Tournament culminated in a thrilling final last night ending in a tie break!

Luke Thomas, pictured, beat Alex Mills, 7-6. Both boys now go forward to the county finals at Abingdon.

In the third and fourth place play off, Charlie Driver beat Will Daft.

Long Jumpers do themselves credit

Burford Long Jumpers, Ed Wightman and Leke Shadunke, represented the North of Oxfordshire, at the County Athletics Championships, at Horspath stadium on Sunday and both performed with great credit.

Ed was second with a best jump of 5m 39cm and Leke was third with a jump of 4m 78cm