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Adverse Weather Forecast

Adverse Weather Forecast

Due to the adverse weather forecast over the next two days (Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March), the school may have to close early if the weather is severe. If this is the case, parents may have to consider alternative arrangements for their children.

Based upon the current information regarding the weather the school is expected to be open as usual on Thursday morning. Snow is forecast to arrive around lunchtime therefore, depending upon the amount of snow that falls, a decision to close the school early on Thursday 1 March may need to be taken. Many students travel on school buses which need to get to the school and then make journeys to rural locations. Further snow is currently forecast for Friday 2 March.

Students should attend school appropriately equipped for the colder weather and in case they have to wait for buses or lifts which may be delayed in traffic due to the weather conditions.

Any decision to close the school will be communicated through the usual channels which are via parent mail, the school website, Facebook.

If you have any queries, please contact:

Mr A.Staniforth, School Business Manager

Students Hit the Slopes in Austria

Eddie Gripper(Head Boy) Y13 reports on the ski trip – “February half term has always been a marked week on my calendar.  For the last five years, this has been the week when I take time off from work, spend time with my friends and enjoy doing something that I love.

Skiing had always been an annual occurrence in my life, but as I grew older, my family and I began to find it more difficult to take time off to go.  Through the school, I’ve managed to keep my passion for the sport alive with the annual Ski Trip, which has been offered to me every year since my third year at the school.  The trip offers so many wonderful opportunities for those who’d like to enrich any cultural interests, or those who’d like to just try something new in general.


This year we visited the beautiful resort of St Anton, a resort known for its picturesque views and variety of slopes.  All students are well catered for with a wide range of slopes on offer – from nursery slopes to Black runs.  While in the resort of St Anton you would be foolish to miss out on the views of Valluga – a near to 3000m high viewing platform offering views of 7 different countries (see photo included).  This year the beginner and intermediate groups took the chance to visit and didn’t let the chance of selfies go a miss.

The world of skiing is an incredibly different one to any that I’ve ever experienced before and the school makes sure that newcomers can get acquainted easily without being too daunted.  This year we took the guidance of Slovenian ski instructors who led lessons that included a good mix of instruction and fun.  As a consequence, all students were able to make progress, whether that progress was standing on skis or negotiating a black run!!

In the evenings, we spend our time bowling, curling, watching ski shows, eating ice cream, shopping and relaxing at the chalet, which is certainly well deserved after a demanding 5 hour skiing day!  There is no student that ever leaves the slopes feeling underwhelmed or disappointed with their experience and I for one, can say this with confidence.

For the second year running, we stayed at the Beautiful Hotel Kristall, a family run establishment which takes care of our every need.  Evening Meals are taken across the road at the Hotel Toschianna.  Each meal includes 3 courses and allows us to sample a mixture of traditional Austrian dishes alongside well known classics.

February half term will always remain a special time for me.  Even as I move on to university, I will take my passion with me, making sure never to forget the memories or the friends that I’ve made over these last years”.


Jar-den: our 2017 Young Enterprise Group

Our Young enterprise group are out and about selling their fabulous Jar-den products.


Take a look at their youtube video


See what they have to say about themselves.



Place your order at:


They’re selling three variations of their product:
Chilli – Mint – Basil at £6.99 each.
Too good to miss!

Girls triumph at Netball District Tournaments

The U15 & U16 girl’s netball teams both triumphed recently at two separate events.

The U15’s was held at Bartholomew School on 7 February.  All matches took place outside on a freezing cold day but nothing could deter the girls from giving it everything they’ve got, winning all their games, in some cases by 10 or 15 goals!

Exceptional team play and goals scored by Sophie Rawlings, Aurea Peach and Sian Tanner made for a memorable afternoon.


Not to be outshone, the U16 team were victorious on home turf on the 31 January.  With consistent shooting and impressive team work, the defense were able to ward off all opposition.

Despite difficult weather conditions, they won all their matches throughout the tournament, beating five teams to take the title!



Exploring Volcanoes, Earthquakes & Tsunamis

Dan Brindle, in Year 8, reports on the trip.

On the 15 January 2018, around 50 Year 8 Geographers went to the Natural History Museum in London to learn about tectonic hazards, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.

After a long coach journey, we arrived and got into our first activity – exploring the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery.  Walking around in groups, we were able to touch obsidian volcanic rock, learn how to survive a tsunami and even go in an earthquake simulator!

We used a Discovery Guide to find out about lots of different examples of volcanoes and earthquakes and then enjoyed lunch before watching an interactive show called Rocks the House.  There we learnt how to detect earthquakes using a seismograph, which senses the vibrations on the surface to detect an earthquake.  Dan Brindle and Miss Searle competed to create the earthquake with the biggest magnitude.

We also learnt the earth’s crust was a perfect jigsaw which is made up of multiple plates, all of which are constantly moving, bashing into each other due to the convection currents in the mantle.  This is the area the crust is resting on.  It is a non-utonium fluid that acts as a solid, once pressure is applied.  Sam White, took part in an experiment using custard powder to model this!

Afterwards, we visited two other museum galleries called From the Beginning and Restless Surface, learning how the earth was made and about pressures of the earth.

Finally we visited the museum shop and bought some souvenirs as a reminder of our exciting day.  It was an amazing trip and thoroughly recommend the current Year 7 students go on it next year.



Students Perform Shakespeare

It’s always a privilege to work with young people who love performing and are willing to spend hours learning lines, rehearsing, and working hard behind the scenes.

Early last year, Burford applied to take part in the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival.  The Shakespeare Schools’ Foundation, is a cultural education charity that uses the unique power of Shakespeare to transform lives.  Each autumn, 30,000 young people across the country unite as part of the world’s largest youth drama festival, raising aspirations and unlocking the potential of students from all backgrounds.

In November, after much hard work and long days, we set off to perform alongside others in the theatre at Headington School.  So enthusiastic were our students to take part, that we had to stage two Shakespeare plays to accommodate them all; a monumental feat, but happily achieved.


It was these two plays that we brought back to school and performed for parents, staff, families and friends last half term.  From the outset, the students worked tirelessly on their pieces and showed impressive enthusiasm, determination and maturity.


Combined Schools Careers Convention

The combined Schools Careers Convention is being held on

Wednesday 21 March at Witney Lakes from 5.00pm -8.00pm

and is open to students in Year 10 and above.

A wide range of careers will be represented – publishing, science, engineering, law, policing, surveying, banking and finance to name just a few.

There will also be talks on apprenticeships, further education courses and university.


Check out our Careers page for a rolling list of events for students.

Wysdom House – Gastronomic Delight Wins Competition

The senior’s Ready Steady Cook House Competition, took place after school on Tuesday 6 February 2018.  As usual the standard was excellent and students demonstrated a range a well-executed skills.  The theme this year was vegetarian – sweet or savoury, with each team making a vegetarian dish of their choice.

The overall winning team was Wysdom’s’ Alice Day and Cathy Naus with their spinach and ricotta lasagne and garlic bread.  The judges were unanimous in their verdict, deeming the dish to have a good range of skills as well as attractive presentation and most importantly – it was absolutely delicious!

Second was Warwick, represented by Sophie Smith and Mollie Bridgewater, who served dahl, pilau rice and a coriander and walnut raita.  The judges felt this was an interesting range of well executed dishes which were beautifully seasoned.

Heylin came a commendable third and unfortunately on this occasion, no team was entered for Falkland.

All participants earned valuable and well deserved house points for their respective houses.


Business Breakfast & Young Enterprise

The first business breakfast of 2018 took place on Thursday 1 February.  Governors and staff gave a warm welcome to representatives from the business community and the Young Enterprise team, who later presented at our special breakfast. It was an added delight, to be able to enjoy breakfast in the newly refurbished East Dining Room.  

The breakfast meetings allow our Young Enterprise teams to showcase their products and practice their presentation skills in front of an experienced audience.  This year, Jar-den are marketing herbs sold in jars, complete with a recipe book.

Guests thoroughly enjoyed the Young Enterprise presentation, which documented some of the challenges and successes they have experienced so far.  This was followed by questions from the audience and a chance for attendees to purchase products or shares in the company.

These valuable business links allow the school to work alongside local and international businesses, to enrich the students’ education and understand the skills required to leave school equipped for life in the workplace.

If you would like to attend any of our forthcoming business breakfasts, please contact the Company Secretary, Mrs Suzanne Reeve at

Faure’s Requiem (Op. 48)

Parents, students, staff, alumni and members of the local community have come together to form a choir, under the guidance of the Burford Institute of Music.

Tickets are now on sale for our first performance – Faure’s Requiem (Op.48) – which will take place in Burford Church on 15 March at 7.00pm. We do hope you will join us to support this new venture.

Tickets can be obtained from: or email