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Beauty & The Beast Rehearsals 11 – 15 March

Beauty & The Beast Rehearsals 11 – 15 March

Beauty & The Beast Rehearsal Schedule 11 March

Top Classical Guitarist gives Masterclass

Ten of our talented classical guitarists were fortunate to attend a workshop run by world-renowned professional musician, Craig Ogden.

They were joined by some pupils from our partnership primary schools and worked with Craig on an ensemble piece, whilst also receiving tips on technique and performance.

Craig is a lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music alongside his professional recording career, and he told the students that the tips he was giving them were the same ones that he would give his more senior guitarists at college.

That evening the students returned to school to perform with Craig in a Lenthall Concert which he gave with his wife, the opera singer, Claire Bradshaw.

The students performed to a full house and members of the audience commented on the professionalism of the students, who afterwards said what a great experience it had been to work with such an outstanding musician.


Quiz & Curry Night

Our first ‘Quiz & Curry Night’, hosted by our now firmly established alumni group (The Old Burfordians), was held on Friday 18 January and what a fun evening it was!

Old Burfordians, staff and parents made up teams of eight people and pitted their wits against each other to win a meal at the Witney Blanket Hall Pie Shop – a prize generously donated by Mr Richard Martin (Governor) and Miss Eleanor Martin (Alumni Treasurer).

A delicious supper, provided by the ‘Bilash’ Curry House in Carterton, proved to be very popular, with a variety of curry dishes to choose from and a wide range of trimmings.

Visitors gave generously to the raffle and, before the winning quiz team was announced, an array of prizes were won, raising an impressive £800.

The evening was a great success and a similar night looks set to become a feature of the Old Burfordians growing list of annual events.



Geography Enrichment Day

Based on the amazing work of Hans Rosling, a Swedish population expert and statician, who has written the fabulous ‘Factfulness’ book, thirty one students from Year 7 to 9 spent the day in the Library, researching and investigating different countries to find out what the quality of life is like in each country.


They used the Gapminder website to analyse and interpret a range of different graphs and data to assess their country.  Working in small groups, they created an infographic to present their findings and assess quality of life.

At the end of the day, students presented their work and shared with other students.  A fantastic variety of work was created.



Oxford University Linguists inspire students

15 students in Year 9 went to Oxford University on Thursday 24 January for an afternoon of languages.

They learnt a new language in 30 minutes, subtitled a short film, listened to a talk on linguistics and another one about where languages can take you.

It was inspiring to hear undergraduates talk about their experience of languages at university level and the students thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Day of the Dead Competition

The MFL department ran their annual Day of the Dead House competition last term for Year 8 students.

Students in Spanish, studied the Mexican festival of the Day of the Dead in class and explored the different aspects of this ancient tradition.


The competition had three categories:  poster with key information about the tradition (A4/A3 size), artefact (skulls, cempasuchil flower and other decorations) and food (sugar skulls, ring shaped cakes called goyetes or pan de muerto (bread of the dead).

The standard of the pieces was exceptionally high and it was difficult to choose just one winner, so we awarded an overall winner for each category and for each House and some commendations for each House.


The overall winning House was Wysdom, followed by Falkland, Heylin and Warwick and these were the winners and commended students.

Individual prizes were awarded to: 

Falkland: – Jaime, Luca and Mia, Wysdom: – Rebecca, Ruby and Bailey, Warwick: – Oliver and Esther, Heylin: – Rose and Sophie.

Special commendations went to: 

Falkland: – Eleanor, Joel, Kyla, Esme, Freddie and Emily, Heylin: – Alex, Joshua and Yasmin, Wysdom: – Felix, Ellie, Alasdair, Adam, Nadia and Erin, Warwick: – Stanley and Jacob.

Stand By Me – Supporting your Child



From 24 January 2018, Abingdon & Witney College are running a free ten-week parental and school support programme, designed to help children overcome barriers to learning and encourage them to do well in school.

The course is being held at the Carterton Family Centre in Carterton.


Careers Fair

Adventurer Anna to speak at Burford School

Anna McNuff is an endurance athlete, adventurer and motivational speaker. Named by The Guardian as one of the top female adventurers of our time, Condé Nast Traveller included her in a list of the 50 most influential travellers in the world. She has also recently been appointed as the UK ambassador for Girl Guiding, and is the co-founder of Adventure Queens, the UK’s fastest growing women’s adventure community.

Anna’s major journeys include cycling on a beautiful pink bicycle through each and every state of the USA, running the length of New Zealand, and most recently exploring the peaks and passes of the Andes Mountains – a journey in which she ascended the equivalent to eleven times the height of Everest on a bicycle.

Passionate about the positive impact that adventure and sport can have on the lives of youngsters, Anna uses her human-powered journeys as a platform to inspire and enable kids to get outside, and get exploring.

Burford School are delighted to announce that Anna will now be speaking in the school Library on Wednesday 20 March at 6.30 pm.  Copies of her latest book Fifty Shades of the USA will be available to buy and have personally signed at the event.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 16 January.  This is likely to be a very popular event, so please don’t miss out and book early!