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Soldiering on through storm Callum!

Soldiering on through storm Callum!

In the words of IT Teacher, Mr Count, it was ‘The wettest weekend of any DofE Expedition he has ever been on’. On one of the toughest, most gruelling and damp weekends to undertake the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Assessed Expedition, the students were absolutely phenomenal and were a credit to themselves and the school for the determination they showed.

We took 90 students to White Horse Hill and camped overnight just outside Uffington at a campsite called Britchombe Farm. With 42 tents being put up in the rain, food being cooked in their trangia’s and the wind setting in, it would have been easy to think that students may have been put off – but no. The first days walking went extremely well with spells of sunshine and every team back within seven hours of departure.

The night brought its own challenges but the students overcame these with ease and stormed through the second days walking. In the end it was a mightily successful expedition with parents and students showing impressive commitment to the award and staff pulling together to help guide students through the weekend.

Photography Trip to South Wales

In October, Mr Sutcliffe took eight A-level Photography students on a landscape photography field trip to South Wales.

The students explored a variety of landscapes, including the Southerndown coastal area, waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons and some monastic ruins at night. 

Although the weather was against them – an ‘Amber’ weather warning curtailed outdoor photography on the final morning – all the students enjoyed the chance to work freely outdoors and came home with many hundreds of images ready for editing. 

1ST XV Rugby Squad Remain Unbeaten

The 1ST XV Rugby squad remain unbeaten after their first four matches of the season, completing victories over Matthew Arnold School ( 29-5) and local rivals, Chipping Norton School (21-19). Both matches were part of the West Oxfordshire District League Competition.

They now look forward to an Oxfordshire County Cup first round match at Lord William’s School in Thame, on the 31 October.

Former Pupil gives Careers Talk

The students and staff of Burford School were delighted to welcome former student, Katharine Mordecai, back into school to talk to pupils about her experience as an engineering apprentice with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Katherine was a GCSE student here at Burford School three years ago and recently contributed to a Year 11 PHSE session, explaining the range of post-GCSE options open to students.

Katherine talked to students about the wide range of experience and skills she has gained as part of her engineering apprenticeship, including a seven-week placement she spent with CERN, the European research laboratory in Switzerland that operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world.


See the write up by Oxfordshire Apprenticeships


Fun in the sun – students visit Seville

Miss Iasisen and Mrs Santovety took fourteen Year 10 students to Seville the week before half term. Our partner school is Instituto  Hermanos Machado, named after two famous Spanish poets who were brothers, and it is located in the town of Dos Hermanas, on the outskirts of Seville.

The planning for the trip had started much earlier, in May, and continued right up to the day we left. All that was left was to get to the airport on time and make sure we made it to the beautiful city of Seville where the weather promised to be ‘back to summer temperatures’.

The weather and the city did not disappoint. We spent the week visiting places of historical interest in and around Seville: The 12th century Alcazar Palace in Seville, Seville’s Cathedral, the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world, and in Cordoba we visited the ancient Mosque and the Jewish quarter. We also had a tour round the famous Sandeman winery in Jerez de la Frontera and we enjoyed a demonstration of how the andalusian horses dance in the Royal School of Equestrian Art. We managed to relax on a cruise on the Guadalquivir River, not forgetting a day spent attending lessons in our partner school. Students also had the opportunity to experience family life with their host families and also socialise with their partners and friends.

Despite initial nerves, all students immersed themselves into “Andalusian life” and by the end nobody wanted to come back, including Miss Iasisen and Mrs Santovety who had fully enjoyed the culinary experience of tapas in Seville!

These are some of the comments from the students:

My experience has been memorable and an eye opening experience – Abiruchi

I would recommend it because it has been an amazing experience. You are learning new things all the time even though it does not feel like it – Sarah

I liked it because I have learnt to be more independent and expand my knowledge of Spanish – Libby

The students were all a credit to themselves and great ambassadors of Burford School. We are now making final preparations for the Spanish students visit to Burford in March.

Stone Gallery Collaboration

Continuing with their Centenary celebrations, The Stone Gallery on Burford High Street has teamed up with Burford Secondary School, to help encourage the school’s year 10 GCSE Design and Technology students into design and manufacturing.

On Tuesday 11 September, Tom Marshall, one of the three family members who own the Gallery, (all of whom are jewellers) and also a previous pupil at Burford School, visited to announce a competition for pupils in the first year of the resistant materials course.

The aim of the competition is to design and make a jewellery box with a hidden compartment that can hold a specific collection of jewellery by Georg Jensen, The Danish silversmiths which the Stone Gallery has stocked since 1947.

Once the boxes have been made, the course teacher Mr Clayton and Tom, will judge the work and the best three will go on show to the public at the Gallery. The student who has designed the best box will also receive a £50 gift voucher.

When the results are announced and a date is set for the work to be shown at the Stone Gallery, it will be announced in the Bridge.

Sounds of Spanish Evening

The MFL department organised a very successful Year 7 Parent Forum on Wednesday 26 September.  It was well attended with over one hundred and sixty parents and many Year 7 students too.

We were very lucky to have the support of our Year 9 Language leaders and our Spanish A-level students who helped parents master some of the more difficult Spanish phonics!

Everyone enjoyed the evening and parent’s feedback was very positive describing it as informative, entertaining and fun.

Art Award for Burford Student

Former sixth form student, Emilia, was delighted to be awarded the Anne Stevens Award at a recent gathering of the Cotswold Fine Art Society. A cheque for £500.00 pounds was handed over by Mr John White, the town’s mayor at the new Warwick Hall in the centre of Burford.  The Anne Steven’s award was first given in 2014 and students from Burford have benefitted from this generous gift each year.  In 2016 they were joined by other A-level art students from Chipping Norton School and the Cotswold School.

The bursaries are awarded to help students with books and equipment as they start their post A-level courses. Emilia has studied A-level Art at Burford School for the past two years and gained an impressive A* in summer 2018, focusing mainly on portraiture, using a powerful and expressionistic style.She is now studying for an Art Foundation course at Sunderland University.

Join us for Open Mic Night!


Join us for an evening of adventure!

We are thrilled to have Anna McNuff, adventure queen and author, joining us for an evening on 17 October to share her travels and experiences abroad.

Anna describes herself as an adventurer, speaker and mischief maker. Come and hear about her many challenging journeys and get empowered to have some adventures of your own!
We’re fortunate to have this event sponsored by local travel company, Panoramic Journeys, who organise individual and small group tours to Mongolia, Bhutan and Myanmar.

Tickets are limited so don’t miss out on this inspiring evening!