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UK Parliament Teacher Gold Status

UK Parliament Teacher Gold Status

We were delighted to hear that Mr Pullin, who teaches Politics and Economics at Burford, has been awarded UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador Gold status.  This is his account of the journey.

‘I was selected from more than 180 applicants to attend the Teachers’ Institute at the Houses of Parliament for three days last July. Whilst at the Palaces of Westminster, I enjoyed tours of the Palaces, watched debates in the chambers, experienced Q&A with Members from both Houses and took part in informative sessions to develop my knowledge of Parliament and democracy.

Since attending the Teachers’ Institute, I have organised a range of activities to promote parliament including a whole school referendum and workshops in local primary schools while collecting a range of evidence to support my Ambassador application. There are three levels of Ambassadorship; Bronze, Silver and Gold. I am delighted to have been awarded Gold status in the first round.

As a graduate of the Teachers’ Institute, I can use free resources provided during the programme, and am able to help develop my students’ and colleagues’ understanding of Parliament and democracy, whilst benefiting from a continuing partnership with Parliament’s Education Service.’

As part of Mr Pullin’s efforts to broaden our students knowledge of British values he organised for them to take part in #LordsLive…

#LordsLive is a live question and answer session with a member of the House of Lords, in our case Lord McFall, Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. He was asked a range of questions by ‘A’ level Politics students covering everything from proposed reforms to the House of Lords to his earlier career as a Labour MP in Scotland. Students were able to ask about topics directly relating to their studies and get from a very senior parliamentarian.

Young Enterprise 2018 – The Journey

How many 17 year olds can say they have run an award winning business?

A surprisingly large number actually, thanks to Young Enterprise, a scheme created to teach teenagers about business through business.  Teenagers across the country are given the opportunity to set up their own company with a product or service of choice, which they must then market and sell to the public.  Burford School has had another successful year with Young Enterprise.  Sixth form students have the opportunity to choose Young Enterprise as part of their extended curricular activity programme.  This is their success story this year:

The Oxfordshire Company of the Year Competition – Regional Final 30 April 2018

This year our forward thinking, inspiring and educational ideas have seen Burford School crowned West Oxfordshire’ Young Enterprise champions.

Our team Jar-Den won the Young Enterprise (YE) Area Final by impressing the judges with its ‘Grow your own herbs’ kit.  This included the seeds, soil, a recycled jar to grow it all in and a recipe book designed by the students themselves.

Their aim was to promote the ideas of healthy eating, cooking, recycling and growing your own food.  The team attended regular events with their trade stand and even had a meeting with the owners of the Burford Garden Companye, who were so impressed they gave the students the opportunity of having a pop up stand on a Saturday morning, at which they sold out completely.

The teams gave a very professional performance at the area final and really held their own against the competition.  The students worked extremely hard leading up to the event and it was wonderful to see their hard work pay off.  Going forward to the Oxfordshire Final, the students were still looking to further improve their performance by fine tuning their presentation skills and improving the look of their trade stand.

Jar-Den represented West Oxfordshire at the County Final at The King’s Centre in Oxford on 30 April .  Even though they didn’t win, they had a fantastic evening competing against other schools who were also judged on their trade stands and presentation.  The judges included Katy Barrow-Grint, Superintendent of Thames Valley Police, as well as Liz Merchant, Editorial Director at Taylor and Francis.  They also enjoyed an inspiring and motivating presentation by Tim Foster MBE, Olympic Rowing Gold Medallist and former head coach of the Swiss National Rowing Team.

The Tenner Challenge – 2018 Winners

It has been a really successful year for Year 10 G&T students who took part in the Tenner Challenge.  Around twenty students dedicated their time to starting up a small business and attended after school business coaching sessions every Friday as part of the National Tenner Challenge, run by Young Enterprise and supported by BGF (Business Growth Fund).

The teams consisted of one, who used recyclable materials to produce attractive jewellery, and called themselves, Paper Pearls, and the other – Astute Jute  – who focussed on re-usable jute bags. This is their success story.

Astute Jute, consisting of Jasper, Lily, Ophelia, Caitlin, Jessica and Evangeline, won the Best Community Engagement Award in the 15-19 years category and were also given a Judges’ Special award for the ‘Most investable student company’.  The team competed against 2600 schools nationally, consisting of over 27,000 students.

Students were given £10 and four weeks to set up a business and make as much profit as they could.  The winners, including Astute Jute, were announced at an awards ceremony on the 9 May held at The Bank of England.

The awards saw the students tour the Bank of England Museum, hear a speech from ‘The Apprentice’ 2016 winner Alana Spencer and receive a presentation from the Chief Cashier at the Bank of England Victoria Cleland.  They received their awards from the Judges and from associates of the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

Astute Jute created a range of beautiful hand decorated, 100% biodegradable and responsibly sourced jute shopping bags.  Each one was individually designed and painted by the students themselves.  The team sold their products to friends and teachers and at Burford School World Book Day Event.  They managed to negotiate with local businesses in Burford High Street who ordered a large quantity to sell in their shops! – The orders keep on coming too!

Check out the video!


Forthcoming exhibitions!

Artist in Residence Harry Barker, has been offered a place at the University of Northampton to study Fine Art – Painting & Drawing.

He is also very delighted to have been invited by the prestigious Burford Garden Company to exhibit some of his work over the summer period.


Harry has been working with our senior students in the Art Block throughout the year. Do come and see their work at the Art & Photography Show on Thursday 21 June from 6.30-8.30pm


Successful Sports Leaders Morning

Twenty nine Year 10 Level 1 Sports Leaders  ran a successful Year 5 Quad Kids’ session on Tuesday 1 May.


The Year 5 students ran both the track and field events and all took part in the Sprint and a fifty metre relay race.

They also threw a vortex, did a standing long jump and were taught how to do a high jump.  Great fun was had by all and Wychwood School were the overall winners.


Tennis Team Triumph!



In the final league match in the Aegon Tennis League, our Under 15 team, with the scores level at three rubbers each, won a nail biting championship tie-break to beat St Birinus School, from Didcot.

The team have performed well against very strong opposition, this term.







Cricket Triumph for Burford 1st XI

The 1st XI successfully beat The Cotswold School by 21 runs in last Wednesdays senior cricket match played at Burford.

The home team batted first, with Captain Harry Davies top scoring with 30 and Vice-Captain Lewis Marstin scoring 23.  Burford finished on 94-6.

In reply, The Cotswold School were bowled out in the 18th over for 73!  Jake Romanek, took 4 for 16 and Dee Jarvis, 3 for 9.









Senior House Athletics

The Senior House Athletics Sports Day for Years 11, 12 and 13 took place on Wednesday 9 May.

Field events were run in the morning followed by the track events in the afternoon.

Rosemary Britton (Head of Maths), who is retiring this year, had the honour of presenting the winners cup to the senior captains of Warwick House, Ella and Kyle.

Mrs Britton has been doing the scoring for the junior and senior sports days and athletic events held at Burford for the past 35 years, so the moment was not without some emotion.

Final results were:  1st Warwick, 2nd Wysdom, 3rd Heylin, and 4th Falkland.


Young Enterprise – Regional Finals

Burford School’s Young Enterprise group, Jar-den, went to Bloxham Business Centre on 19 April to take part in the Regional Finals for West and North Oxfordshire.

They faced five other Young Enterprise teams who also had innovative and creative ideas giving rise to an interesting and challenging competition.

Jar-den set up their stand and were questioned for 45 minutes by three Young Enterprise judges; all experts in their chosen fields of business.

Next came the presentations to the judges and peers.  Each group had the chance to discuss their business, talking about their ideas, sourcing their products, the marketing and selling experience and the challenges faced during the project.  A light buffet before the results were officially announced.

Jar-den received 2 prizes –  Best Trade Stand and Runners Up for the whole event.  They now progress to the County Finals in Oxford.

Primary Modern Languages Day

We celebrated our annual Modern Languages Day on Monday 23 April, inviting a hundred Year 4 students from our partnership primary schools.

Students took part in workshops and had a taste of Portuguese, German, Spanish, and French.  As the weather was fine they were also able to try their hand at boules, which caused great excitement and some fierce competition!

The students were able to mix together across primary schools and everybody made the most of the day and enjoyed learning different languages. This is one of the manor events held at Burford to familiarise the younger students  in our area with our school in preparation for their move to us in Year 7.

Thanks to the staff who ran the sessions and to all the students who came to spend the day with us.