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Annual Inter-house Horse Show

Annual Inter-house Horse Show

On Monday July 10 the playing field was once again transformed into a show jumping venue with a dressage arena in the adjoining field. Students from Year 7 upwards spent the day competing in this magical house competition, and this year we welcomed many younger riders from our partnership schools.


All riders were a pleasure to watch as the day progressed from smaller jumps with walk and trot dressage to much larger fences with technical dressage tests. The students looked fabulous in their show kit and the horses and ponies looked incredible – what time was everyone up preparing for the day?!


Rosettes and trophies were flowing all day but in the end Warwick House took the Champion Rosettes. The John Hooley Memorial Trophy, for impressive riding all day, was awarded to Neve Keating and the Dixie Dude Memorial Trophy, for the highest dressage score, went to Zoe Horner.


Many thanks to all riders, parents, helpers who made the day such a success and to Butler Sherborn who sponsored the rosettes.


New Heads of School and Boarding

We are delighted to announce that the selection has now been made for our 2018 Heads of School and Heads of Boarding.  They are:

Head Boy: Eddie Gripper:                 Head Girl: Lara Hillyard

Deputy Head Boy: Joe Jenkins       Deputy Head Girl: Beth Carter

Head Boy (Boarding): Tristan Yu   Head girl (Boarding): Feyifunmi Ajibola



We look forward to working with them and thank our outgoing Heads and Deputies for all their hard work this year.

Year 13 celebrate in style

The end of the exam season meant it was time for one final celebration for Year 13 at their Leavers’ Dinner held at Eynsham Hall on 30 June. Staff joined the students to celebrate and all enjoyed a delicious three course meal.


After dinner school colours were awarded for sporting and musical contributions and an amusing ‘awards show’ was hosted by the students themselves.

The evening ended, as it had begun, with all of the Year Group leaving on a coach together for one last time.



U15s – Winners of the Oxfordshire Premiership

The U15’s secured the Oxfordshire Premiership title, with a comprehensive 184 run victory over Lord Williams School, Thame, on Thursday 6 July.

This performance, added to the wins over Chipping Norton, Gosford Hill and Bartholomew, ensured that the U15 Shield came back to Burford after a years’ absence.

This has been another excellent season for this group of boys, captained superbly by Freddie Norridge,( pictured with the shield), who had also reached the County Cup Final, losing narrowly, in their only defeat of the season, to Abingdon School.

Success in the County Rounders Finals

Both the U13 and U14 teams qualified for the County Rounders Finals which took place on Tuesday 4 July at Horspath Recreational Ground in Oxford.

The U13 team played with great determination and worked hard at fielding to prevent rounders being scored. Isobel Riley took some difficult catches and Kiera Gilbert showed great focus as she worked hard throughout the tournament on second post to prevent rounders being scored. There were some big hits from Freya Edwards, Ellie Bundock, Hollie Antony and Jemima Keen all scoring repeatedly.


Unfortunately, despite some very close games and a great team spirit, Burford came 4th overall. They were disappointed to narrowly miss out on a medal but were proud to make the finals and enjoyed the day.


The U14 team fought hard against some very strong teams and put in a admirable performance. Overall the U14 team came 7th in the County.



Jam Jar Geography

Mr Todd-Jones recently challenged 7RBR to fill a Jam Jar with five objects that give an impression of their village or town.  He received lots of wonderful entries with great stories behind the objects.  From Roman artefacts found in Lechlade to the significance of tomatoes in the history of Carterton, students were keen to share their knowledge of their local area.



Year 10 Geography Field Trip along the River Windrush

On Monday 26 June and Tuesday 27 June, 111 intrepid Year 10 Geography students braved the River Windrush as part of their GCSE fieldwork.

With a ruler, measuring tape, gravelometer, flowmeter and calipers to hand, they were presented with the task of measuring key river characteristics and judging how they change downstream.


Following a stop at a gently babbling brook near Temple Guiting, students were quickly ‘in over their wellies’ by the time we reached further sites downstream at Bourton-one-the-Water, Newbridge and Burford.  Clambering for some waders, the students showed good determination to complete all tasks despite still remonstrating about the temperature of the water.

With all relevant data now collected and collated, students will be able to draw conclusions and test their predictions back in the classroom.

County Swimming Gala success

The year 7 Girls Swimming Team achieved a very commendable second place, in the County Swimming Gala, at Radley College on Thursday 6 July.

The team, which consisted of Lucy Howarth, Eloise Thursby- Attwood, Camille Duff and Charlotte Oliver, were second in both relays and produced some excellent individual performances, notably, Eloise achieving first place in the 25m breaststroke and Camille, first place in the 25m freestyle.

‘The Bayeux Tapestry’ visits Burford School

We are delighted to be hosting an astonishing piece of artwork, from 24 July – 30 August, which replicates the Bayeux Tapestry in mosaic.  The work has been brought to England for the 950th anniversary of the Battle and will be on show in our Boarding Department in Lawrence Lane throughout the summer.  Please see the attached poster for full details.

Battle of Hastings Poster – Mosaic

Junior Shield Challenge success

The Junior Shield Challenge, first played in 2003, has been won by Burford School since 2009 – and this year has been no exception.


Burford retained the shield once again’, beating Henry Box School, by 8 wickets, on Wednesday 5 July.

Henry Box opted to bat and were bowled out for 77 runs, Isabelle Riley, taking 4 wickets for the loss of 2 runs and Luke Joy, 2 for 11.

In response, Jake Romanek (25) and Joe Langdon (19), put on 49 for the first wicket, before getting out in the same over.  

Captain Dee Jarvis steered the team to victory with an unbeaten 26.