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Athletics Success at County Finals

Athletics Success at County Finals

Edgar and Rocco travelled to Tilsley Park Abingdon to represent the district in the County Finals.

Despite the incredibly muddy and slippery conditions both boys worked hard to move their way to the front of the pack.

Edgar finished in 1st place with an outstanding performance and Rocco finished in a very respectable, 11th place.

Argentinian Talk & Tango Treat

A group of sixty-five students and eight teachers from Grilli Canning College in Buenos Aires visited Burford School on Tuesday 17 April.

They were on a two week hockey and football European tour and took some time out of their busy schedule to give a talk to our Year 7 students about Argentina: the varied landscape, typical food and famous Argentinians.

A small group of dance students performed some impressive tango routines which were enjoyed by all.

The students took the opportunity to ask our visitors questions about their life in Argentina – in English and Spanish.

Writing Retreat at Asthall Manor

Burford School’s first Writing Retreat was held on 19 April.  The day was a huge success, with members of Writing Club in Years 7, 8, 9 & 12 spending the day in the gardens and ballroom at Asthall Manor.

The retreat was designed to inspire the students, as well as to give them the rare opportunity to take time out of their day-to-day lives and completely focus on improving their writing and storytelling skills.

We were fortunate to secure a few hours with Lower School Patron of Reading, Ian Johnstone, who gave a short talk on the elements of story and afterwards held one-to-one feedback sessions with each student, where he provided encouragement and guidance on their creative work.

Fortunately the weather was on our side and students were able to spend the afternoon in the gardens and by the river, where they were encouraged to draw inspiration from their surroundings in writing nature poetry and setting a scene.

Football Round up

The U13 footballers won the District League last term after a very successful season and our senior team reached the final of the County League competition, beating North Oxfordshire Academy 4-0, in the semi-final.

They will now play Wallingford School in the final on the 8 May.  They also have the chance of a possible double win as they face Cokethorpe School in the County Cup semi-final on Thursday 26 April. 

In other leagues, the U12s were second, U14s were second and the U15s were third.

As things stand, our season’s statistics read as follows:

Played: 36, Won: 19, Drew: 7, Lost: 10






Blood Brothers – GCSE & A Level Drama Trip

Watching live theatre is an integral part of ‘A’ Level and GCSE Drama. We are committed to giving our students access to a wide range of theatre styles, texts and approaches.

On Tuesday 17 April, we were delighted to take over 80 students in Years 10 & 11 to watch the highly-commended production of Blood Brothers at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.

Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret.

The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.





Fabulous Four at Calmsden One Day Event

Wonderful news yet again from the Burford Equestrian Team!

This weekend at the Calmsden One Day Event, four Burford riders tackled the difficult and testing courses in the sweltering heat.

Emily Warner, riding Larry, qualified for the NSEA ODE Championship in the NSEA 90cm class by achieving an excellent 8th place.

Poppy Charles, riding Blue, also qualified for the ODE Championship by achieving a super 2nd place in the NSEA 100cm class.

Ella Gosling just missed out on a rosette in the NSEA 80cm class, but was really proud of Dac Brattothcore (Honey), with her double clear in show jumping and cross country.

Caitlin Fowlie also achieved a super 5th place in the 80cm unaffiliated class.




Junior Ready Steady Cook

Prior to the Easter holidays TE1 food room was inundated with Year 7, 8 and 9 students all keen to get cooking.  The turnout was excellent and both Mrs Rose and Mrs Rushton were very pleased to see such enthusiastic cooks produce such high quality dishes.

The brief was to make a sweet or savoury vegetarian dish in 1 hour 30 minutes.  The range of dishes was huge – from cakes to bean stew to vegan risotto – very adventurous!


There were students representing each house and they demonstrated a wide variety of skills.  Close attention was paid to presentation and the judges were particularly impressed with the strawberry roses that Sophie Ayres and Vonny Dragnevska made while they were waiting for their Bunt Cake to cook.


After much discussion, the judges decided that the joint winners were Sophie and Vonny, (Falkland) for their Bunt Cake and Maddy  and Olivia, (Wysdom) for their Vegan Mushroom Risotto.

In second place were Charlotte and Maddie, (Heylin) with their Vegetarian Shepherd’s pie with peas.

Joint third place was Nancie, (Warwick) with her Spicy Bean and Tomato Fajita and Phoebe and Yasmin, (Heylin) with their Spiced Carrot Cake.


U12 County Hockey Finals

Congratulations to our U12 Hockey squad who came third at the County Hockey Finals.  They faced Ickneild School in their first match and put in a strong performance beating them 1-0.

The team grew in confidence beating Bicester 2-0 in the second match, but sadly a last minute goal from Gillotts School in the third match, resulted in a 1-0 defeat.


Burford bounced back with a 1-0 win against Cherwell School, which put them through to play Gosford in the semi-finals but despite a tremendous team effort, Burford couldn’t stop Gosford scoring in the lst few minutes of the game, resulting in a 1-0 defeat.

This meant they moved through to the third and fourth place play off, and with defence digging deep, they finally managed to get the ball forward and the winning goal was scored!  A superb way to end a very successful season.



Education Visit for Chinese Students

Burford welcomed 16 Chinese students to school this week as part of a cultural trip for students from the South-West of China.  Part of a larger group of forty six students, they have been staying with host families in and around Oxford and experiencing the sights and sounds of Oxfordshire in the afternoons, after attending school in the mornings.

This is the first time that any of the students aged 12-14 have visited England and our students welcomed them into their lessons, so that they could experience a week of British education.  Each Chinese student was paired with a Burford ‘buddy’ and the soon got to know each other and compare what life was like in each other’s schools.

Having previously visited Bath and Cardiff, before spending the week at Burford, they will finish their trip in London before heading back to China.



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