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Riders out at Wickstead on Good Friday

Riders out at Wickstead on Good Friday

Excitement is building for the NSEA competition at Wickstead, Highworth which we are hosting. Do join us tomorrow (Good Friday) for a great day out.

The competitors would love your support.


Numeracy Week

Our annual Numeracy Week took place in Early March with a whole range of exciting and challenging events for students, staff and parents to take part in.

We started the week off on Monday with Mr Pullin’s Numeracy Quiz.

On Tuesday, Mr Nunn arranged a Gifted and Talented event for our most able Year 8 and 9 students who took part in a team challenge.

Wednesday was Pi day and the catering staff treated us to delicious pies for lunch.  The Reflection Dance Competition took place alongside the  Freehand Circle Drawing Competition where students had to try and draw a perfect circle on the white board, swinging their arm in a full circle!

On Thursday we had outside speakers visit the school to talk to our top set Year 9 and 10 maths students about careers involving Maths beyond School. These included a Medical Statistician, an Actuary, Software Engineers from Numerical Algorithms Group, the Head of Business at Reed Marketing and Creative and a Python Developer from Torchbox. Students were given a brief explanation of the career and told how the speakers got to where they are.  They also had a chance to ask questions. Quite a few of them were shocked to discover that David Beckham insures his legs for £100million!

Friday was the ‘Become a Mathemagician’ lunchtime event where students learned how to amaze people with all sorts of magic tricks involving Mathemagic!

Throughout the week the whole school got involved with Numeracy Week, from analysing HR data in Business Studies, exploring population change in History and looking at time signatures and subdivision of beats into quavers in Music.


Photo competition

Staff Competition – Miss Bayley (Geography Teacher)

Parent Competition – Han Kimmet (parent of Alasdair Jackson – Year 7)

KS3 winner – Habiba Goymer in Year 8

KS4 winner – Jasper Raistrick in Year 10

The Puzzle of the day Competition

Neo Godfrey in Year 10

Angel Willis in Year 8

Emily Garey in Year 10

Felix Jones in Year 7

Mr Phillips (English teacher)

‘Rap it, Sing it or Make it Rhyme’ Competition

Eloise Thursby Attwood, Scarlett Wilson, Megan Wood, Campbell McDiarmid, Daisy Granville, Freya Hickman, Emily Tinney, Miya Tomlins, Charlotte Oliver, Seren Aitchison and Mia Gorton in Year 8

‘Freehand Circle Drawing’ Competition

Kerensa Renwick in Year 11

‘Reflection Dance’ Competition

Brooke Parker and Celia Davids

All in all Numeracy Week was a huge success with a large number of students, ex-students, younger siblings, parents and staff taking part in the competitions.


Impressive Netball Performance at County Finals

Congratulations to the Year 7 netball team who came 3rd at the County Finals and Year 10 who came second.  We were the only school with four teams in four County Finals.


Well done to Year 11 who came 4th and Year 9 who came 5th.  Their overall performance showed tenacity and a determination to win.

It’s been a very successful season for all our teams.

House Basketball – Wysdom Win Competition

Wysdom House were winners at last night’s Year 9 House Basketball competition, beating all of the other houses with their impressive performance.


The Wysdom captain, Alex Tyrrell was extremely happy to receive the trophy from Coach, Gerry Armstrong. Results:  1st Wysdom, 2nd Falkland, 3rd Heylin, 4th Warwick


Training the Next Generation

In March, twenty three of our Year 10 students embarked on a two day Hedge Laying course in conjunction with the Cotswold Conservation Board.

This is a pioneering project in the area, with each of the students learning a variety of hedge laying techniques and mastering the use of traditional tools.  In total, the students managed to lay 88m of hedge in the traditional Midlands style and many will be looking to refine these skills at future local competitions.

This project is looking to rekindle many of the rural skills needed within this area of outstanding natural beauty, with dry stone walling being the next step.



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 throwing themselves into the event.  The result was a win in 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’s team were victorious on home turf.  With consistent shooting and impressive team work, the defence 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!


Boarding House Lunch welcomes alumni

On Monday 26 March the Boarding House once again hosted the monthly Senior Citizens’ Luncheon. This month, joining our regular group of OAP’s, were retired Burford teachers and members of the Burford School Alumni.  After a wonderful meal and the much loved raffle, the group were given a tour of the Boarding House. Many of the ex-teaching staff had previously taught in the Boarding House and it was particularly interesting for them to see the conversion of classrooms to residential accommodation. Local historian and author, Ray Moody also joined the group, entertaining them during the tour with his knowledge of the Boarding House in years gone past.

Jar-den at Stratford Trade Fair

The Burford Young Enterprise team ‘Jar-Den’ set off to sell their new product (grow-your-own-herbs in a jar) at Stratford Trade Fair on the 10 March. The product proved very popular and they sold ten during the day –  all at £6.00 making a revenue of £60. Mint was most popular and sold out completely!

It was an exciting day and they learnt a lot from other stalls.  There were some very colourful and eccentric stands which they will be taking inspiration from next time. Customers loved the idea of herbs in jars for the windowsill and loved the recipes that came with them.

They are currently preparing for the Witney Trade Fair and the Young Enterprise County Final.

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Down time with Digital Detox

Digital detox is a time where you refrain from using an electrical device. Known all over the country, digital detox has spread to those of us at Lenthall House – The Boarding Department.  This means two whole hours on a Saturday and Sunday, from 2.00pm till 4.00pm without our electronics – giving us a chance to reconnect with others.  We spend our time doing many activities from playing a fiery game of ping-pong, a nerve trembling game of chess, or just generally just having a chat.  There are more than enough activities at the Boarding House to take our thoughts away from using our phones!

It’s is a good time to drop everything and reconnect but, in the end, as the hours come to an end more of us tend to put our digital arm back on!

Iffy – Year 10 Boarding Student

Year 9 are the Tournament Winners!

On Wednesday 21 March the Year 9 Netball team won the District Tournament.

Results were as follows:

Burford v Chipping Norton won 7-2

Burford v Henry Box won 7-1

Burford v Marlborough won 7-2

Burford v Bartholomew won won 9-2

Burford v Woodgreen won 7-4

Having had to rearrange the date of this tournament due to poor weather it was great to get to Chipping Norton and a lovely clear evening. The girls have made steady progress throughout the season and performed brilliantly in the ten minute games and scored lots of goals. They go on to join the Year 7, 10 and 11 at the county finals on the 26th March at the community Arena in Oxford.