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Robert Courts MP Christmas Visit

Robert Courts MP Christmas Visit

Local MP Robert Courts visited on the last day of term, for the presentation of a defibrillator for the school. A great initiative by the Student Council and a very generous donation from Darren and Erin Stone of Clinical Engineering Ltd, Kidlington.





Burford were delighted to receive the life-saving piece of equipment, which was kindly facilitated by Clive Taylor, publisher of West Oxfordshire Letterbox.  The defibrillator will be available to the school but will also benefit the wider Burford community.

During the visit, boarding students from Years 9-13, had the chance for an informal Q & A session.  Best questions included:  ‘Why do you all shout so much in the Commons? It’s setting a bad example,’ and ‘What has it been like to be in the chamber for the Brexit debates?’


Successful Season for Burford Rugby

This has been an extremely satisfying season for our rugby players!

The 1ST XV won the District Championship, beating Chipping Norton in the final and were runners up in the County Vase Final, winning six of their nine matches, with a notable victory over Radley College!

The U15’s also won the District Championship, beating Bartholomew School in the final and reached the semi-final of the County Cup, winning eight of their nine matches.

The U14’s won the County Vase, beating St Birinus in the final and were runners up in the District Final, winning four and losing four of their matches.

The U13’s were runners up in the District Tournament and competed in an invitation event at Cokethorpe School.  In total they played thirteen matches, winning six, losing six and drawing one.

The season’s statistics are:  Played- 39. Won 24. Drew 1. Lost 14.

Senior House Rugby



Warwick worked their magic on 19 December, winning all their matches to triumph in the Senior House Rugby competition.  All teams displayed skill and good team play, but it was Warwick who dug deep and showed their determination to succeed.

Results:  1st Warwick, 2nd Heylin, 3rd Falkland, 4th Wysdom


Our new Broadway Musical!

Beauty & The Beast Rehearsal Schedule 28 January -1 February

Burford Riders Impress at NSEA

A huge well done to our equestrian team, who took part in the final NSEA competition of 2018.


All riders put in an outstanding performance, especially Lottie, Sophie, Ella and Poppy, who remained in first place right up until the last moments of the competition. Unfortunately, they were beaten by one second by the final team!

They now go on to the SJ Championships at Hickstead.

Letter to the Unknown Soldier

The ‘Unknown Soldier’ is an idea which was created after the First World War finished. Over 800,000 British soldiers were killed during the war. However, the vast majority of the dead were never brought home, partly because of the terrible conditions on the battlefield, and partly because of the sheer number of them. The families and friends of those who were lost needed somewhere that they could go to grieve – a grave, a cross, a statue.

On 7 November 1920 the body of an anonymous soldier was dug up in France, brought back across the Channel and, on 11 November, was buried in Westminster Abbey in London. The idea was that one individual could symbolically represent everyone who had died. The idea worked. In the first week after the burial had taken place, 1.3 million people visited the grave.

On Platform 1 of Paddington Station in London there is a statue of a World War One soldier reading a letter. He is an ‘Unknown Soldier’.

As part of our centenary commemorations, here in Burford students were invited to write a letter to the ‘Unknown soldier’. What would they want to say about that war, with all we’ve learned since 1914, with all our own experience of life and death to hand? Students were asked to send a personal message to this soldier, a man who served and was killed during World War 1.

Please click on the link below to see some of our student letters.

Unknown Soldier Letters



Christmas Pool Competition



Mrs Sanderson, our Home-School Link Worker, hosted The House Christmas Pool Competition.  Sixteen students battled it out in play off matches over a number of days.

The champions were Harley and Duncan who enjoyed their chocolate prize.


Falkland Win Junior House Rugby

Falkland performed magnificently and were the outright winners, triumphing in all three matches, in the Junior House Rugby Competition on Wednesday 12 December.

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


House Badminton – Warwick Victorious

Warwick came out on top in the Year 8 Mixed Badminton Tournament on Tuesday 11 December, winning all their matches!

There was skillful play from all the competitors, but nothing could stop the Warwick team, Freddie, Dan, Esther and Abi, from taking the title.

Final results:  1st Warwick A, 2nd Falkland, 3rd Wysdom, 4th Warwick B.


Blood Brothers Theatre Trip

On Tuesday 27 November, one hundred Year 8 – 12 students and staff members set out for The New Theatre in Oxford, to watch the highly popular touring production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.

Set in 1960’s Liverpool, this international smash hit musical tells the captivating tale of twin boys, separated at birth only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret.

For most students, this was their first visit to the theatre, so they were thrilled to see how a range of production elements work together.  One student noted ‘It was great to see how the professional actors and designers bring to life the work we are doing in the classroom’.