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International Students Visit Burford

International Students Visit Burford

In February and March, Burford welcomed guests from across the globe as part of their cultural visit to the UK.  Students were chosen from a range of year groups to act as buddies to the group of Dutch and Chinese visitors.


Whilst in the UK, the students visited well known cites and tourist attractions and were extremely keen to spend some time in an English school, and of course, Burford was there to welcome them as enthusiastic hosts.

The students attended lessons, socialised and spent a great deal of time with their English counterparts, gaining a deeper understanding of the school’s culture.



Tenner Challenge 2019

Our Tenner students took part in the first Tenner Challenge 2019 Logo competition this week. The task was to design a unique logo for their product. All four teams took part, competing against 600 other teams!

One of the teams, Hearty Herbs were thrilled to be awarded the runner up prize. Congratulations to Jemima Keen, Kate Mulveny, Joe Warwick, Elliot Soul and Phoebe Palmer in Year 10.

Here’s what the judge thought: Excellent in illustrative style that is very current. Great colour use. Suggestion from judge to add a strapline/sub-line that described/hinted at the product or service to complete the logo.

Year 7 House Rugby

Wysdom House won the Year 7 House Rugby competition on 20 March, by winning all of their matches against the other houses.

Captained by Alex, they beat Falkland 10 – 0, Heylin 20 – 10 and Warwick by 25 – 10.

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







Beauty & the Beast

Rehearsal Schedule 18 March

Tickets available from ticketsource

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Football Success in County Cup


The U12 football squad reached the Oxfordshire County Cup semi-final on Wednesday, beating Cheney School from Oxford in dramatic fashion, winning on penalties!

This performance keeps alive a possible league and cup double, as they are currently still unbeaten in the league.

Success at Rugby Tournament

The U12 rugby sevens squad gave a very good account of themselves at the Sibford Sevens Invitation Tournament on Tuesday 12 March.

They won four of their five group matches, beating Cheney 28-0, Warwick 7-0, St Egwins 40-0 and Chenderit 28-0.  Their only loss was a narrow 12-7 defeat by Royal Latin School.



In the Quarter Final of the main draw, they were unfortunately beaten 40-14, by a very strong Bredon Hill School, from Worcestershire.

These results mean that the U12 Rugby squad have won 11 matches and lost only two across the three tournaments played this term.


First World War History Talk

On Thursday 28 February, Harriet Granville, grandmother of Daisy and Theo Granville, and Colonel Graeme MacDonald OBE, delivered a talk to Year 9 students focusing on the importance of remembrance and the impact of the First World War on land, sea, in the air and on the Home Front.

Year 9 students have been studying the causes, consequences and diversity of experiences in the First World War and this was an excellent opportunity for students to consolidate their learning. Thirty Year 9 students, will also be travelling to the French and Belgian battlefield sites in May of this year.

Both Graeme and Harriet highlighted the human impact of the war, including in Burford itself.  Graeme expertly discussed the different theatres of the war and the impact that the war on land, sea and in the air had, particularly due to advancing technology as the war progressed.


In preparation for the talk, Year 9 students and staff completed a survey on connections to the First World War.  The survey results revealed a huge array of contributions made by relatives including in the armed forces, engineering and medical corps, the Women’s Royal Air Force, in the munitions factories, agriculture and coal mines.  Relatives served in the police, as soldiers, sailors, pilots, stretcher bearers, tailors, nurses and from across different countries including Britain, Germany, Poland, France, Australia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Nigeria . Accounts were given of relatives surviving mustard gas attacks and one being awarded the Victoria Cross.

The talk was thought provoking and informative and certainly emphasised to students the huge impact that the war had in transforming society.  Graeme and Harriet concluded by encouraging students to carry out their own research into their family connections to the war.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website is a really good starting point to do so.




U12 Success at County Rugby

The U12 rugby squad continued their unbeaten run, by winning all four matches in their group at the Oxfordshire Schools Tournament, held at Banbury RFC on Wednesday 6 March.



The team secured victories over King Alfred’s, (10-5), Lord Williams, (15-0), Wallingford, (10-0) and Blessed George Napier, (25-0).

Matthew scored 5 tries, Josh and Oscar 3 tries and Bakary and Cian, 1 try each.

Equestrian Success

Last weekend, three riders represented the school at one of the first shows of the year. All three rode beautifully and achieved some excellent results.

Lottie in Year 10, riding Aldatos Dimond, achieved first place in the 100cm class.  With no time faults and no poles down, Lottie displayed her incredible riding ability to all.  A sensational duo, definitely a pair to watch out for at future events.

A particular mention should go to Sophie and Eloise from Year 7.  Sophie and her pony Mask View Bobby, achieved a splendid 3rd place in her class and Eloise and Bart, rode superbly around the 70cm and 80cm show jumping courses.

We are now looking forward to Sunday 31 March, when Burford will be hosting their own Schools Equestrian Games Show at Wickstead Horseplay, Highworth.