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Design & Technology Exhibition

Design & Technology Exhibition

All That Jazz at the Tower of London

On Saturday, the Jazz Band, “All That Jazz” performed at the Tower of London as part of the “Water City Music” Festival.

On the way to the Tower, the group stopped off at the London Eye for a flight above the skyline. It was a clear day and the views of the capital were astounding, with the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Wembley Stadium clearly visible.


It was then a short ride on to the Tower of London, where the band played three sets to enthusiastic crowds enjoying a day out at the Festival.

This annual event is open to groups from in and around London.  This is the third year that Burford have been asked to play  – a great honour for the performers. The students were a credit to the school and were asked to perform an encore at the end of their third set, which they did with pleasure!

Staff Cricket Team Win Windrush Cup

On Friday 22 June, our staff cricket team played at Churchill against Chipping Norton School.  Burford batted first with 130 for 4 and in response Chipping Norton were all bowled out for 99.

My Claydon impressed everyone with a batting score of 36 not out, while Mr Cowley displayed his bowling skills with 2 for 16.

Team Captain, Mr Frankcom, beamed with pride after being presented with the Windrush Cup.


Carnegie Day 2018

Thirteen students set off to The Henry Box School with Mrs Cooper and Mrs Count on Monday 18 June for our annual Carnegie Conference.  We joined up with students from four other schools – The Henry Box and Chipping Norton Schools, Carterton Community College and for the first time, Wood Green School.

When we arrived, students were put into groups based on their favourite shortlisted book and completed a quiz about their chosen title with points awarded for correct answers.


Points were also awarded for fancy dress costume, group presentations, teamwork and creativity and for picking the shadowing winner as well as the national winner of the award.  The Headteacher of Henry Box, Ms Wendy Hemmingsley, presented a trophy to the overall winning team.

Students worked very hard in mixed teams and were brilliant ambassadors for Burford. We all enjoyed the day which, culminated in watching the televised presentation to the winner of Carnegie 2018 – Geraldine McCaughrean for Where the World Ends, playing knock out rounds of Just a Minute on Carnegie book themes and eating celebratory cakes.

Burford winner William in Year 7, received a prize for ‘Most Books Read by a Burford Student’ and Gracy and Yvonne in Year 8, who took part in a mixed group presentation for The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas also received prizes.


Music Department Visit to Primary Schools

Over the last few weeks, the Music Department have been visiting some of our partner primary schools to promote the after school music lessons which run are run for primary pupils by the Burford Institute of Music at Burford School on a Monday evening.

Taking along a small ensemble of musicians, students have demonstrated the instruments available to the pupils in a fun and engaging way at their assemblies.

So far, they have visited Wychwood, St Peter’s and Leafield Primary schools and are travelling to St Kenelm’s in Minster Lovell next week. The pupils have been very enthusiastic and keen to take up the opportunity to learn an instrument. If you would like more information about the Institute’s lessons, please email




Science ‘Illumination Workshop’

On Thursday 21 June, Burford welcomed over 140 Year 3 students who spent the day in the Science Department focusing on the topic of light.

Our visitors carried out four different activities that included making a pinhole camera, using ray-boxes, making a kaleidoscope and looking at reflection and refraction. The students also had a demonstration of dark light, flame tests and got the opportunity to use the Van Der Graaf Generator to light a bulb!

After a very busy day, all our guests were presented with a certificate of their participation in the ‘Illumination Workshops’.

The enthusiasm of the Year 3 students was fantastic and the Science Department were all really impressed with the quality of the work that they produced.


To celebrate National Boarding Week, students in our Boarding Department invited a number of teachers to dinner last Thursday.  Each dormitory chose one teacher between them and hand-wrote an invitation.  

The evening was a great success and gave tutors an opportunity to see their students in a different environment.

During the evening, everyone took part in a ‘Burford School’ quiz, pooling their resources and knowledge in the hope of winning a prize.

After dinner, the students showed their guests around the House, which gave them the opportunity to see where students live, do their prep and make the most of the outside areas – the garden, orchard and the old school playground –  for relaxation and a whole variety of games.

Our thanks to all who attended and make it such fun.  We’re looking forward to next year’s National Boarding Week event already!


A Level Art & Photography Exhibition

Burford School was delighted to welcome visitors to the Year 13 A level Art and Photography Exhibition.  As in previous years, everyone was extremely impressed and complimentary about the high standard of work on show.  Visitors enjoyed chatting to the artists over a glass of wine and some refreshments.


Parents and friends, including past students and many younger visitors, were inspired by the pieces on display and were able to get a sense of what might lie ahead if they opt for Art and Photography at A level.  The work on display was highly personal and impressive, showcasing the many talented students we have at Burford School.This year, Kamil Lange’s ‘Mothers Grasp’ ceramic work, won a place in the A level Online Royal Academy Exhibition, which runs alongside the RA’s Summer Exhibition, curated this year by Grayson Perry.  Of the 1,400 students who submitted work, only 43 were selected for the exhibition.  We are tremendously proud of Kamil’s achievement and look forward to him taking on the role of our Artist in Residence next year and further developing A level ceramic work within the department.

Sadly, this is the point in the term when we say goodbye to this year’s Artist in Residence, Harry Barker.  Harry has been a huge success with the A level students, many of whom have learnt to command the skill of oil painting under his guidance. Harry is going on to study Fine Art Painting and will be exhibiting this summer at the Burford Garden Company.


Tennis Success for U13’s

Dan and Barney of Year 7 put in a great performance to win the U13 District tennis tournament which was held at Wood Green School on the 20th June.

The boys now go forward to represent West Oxfordshire at the County finals in July.

Well done to all four boys who competed for the school. Seb and Darby, came a commendable third.


Success at Girls Cricket Competition

The Under 13 and Under 15 County Girls “Chance to Shine” cricket competition was held at Didcot Cricket Ground on Monday 18 June.

The Year 7 girls were playing in their first tournament and won three games against Oxford Spires, Warriner and Didcot, but after much effort, lost out to Marlborough.

By the end of the competition, there were three teams with the same results, so going on runs scored, Burford came third overall.

The Year 10 team triumphed after winning five games and drawing with Warriner to become the County Champions!  They will now go into the Area Finals at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.