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Boarding shortlisted for BSA Award

Boarding shortlisted for BSA Award

We are delighted to be one of only three schools shortlisted for the Boarding Research Award – one of the Boarding Schools Association’s prestigious annual awards. The judges are looking for outstanding examples of innovation, change and results and our highly successful boarding house team have been working hard to develop new initiatives and keep moving boarding forward to give students a valuable and rewarding residential experience.  Surveys and consultations, with students contributing throughout, ensures that everyone is working hard together to make our Boarding Department the success it is today.

This award is a wonderful acknowledgement of the work that that has been quietly going on in boarding over the past couple of years.  With demand for places now outstripping availability, it is good to know that boarding at Burford is flourishing.


Football Season Report

This has been another busy season of league and cup football matches.

The U12 team, pictured below, were the most successful of our teams, winning the league with six wins from six and losing narrowly on penalties, in the County Cup Semi-Final.



The U13 team were runners-up and the U14 and U15 squads were both third in their respective leagues.

Season’s statistics:  Played: 30. Won 17. Drew 4. Lost 9.



Year 8 Netball Team Win Silver

At the end of last term, the Year 8 girls travelled to the much anticipated County Netball Finals competition at St Helen and St Katharine School in Abingdon, after winning the West Oxfordshire Competition.

Abi Norgrove reports: Unfortunately we lost our first game against Didcot Girls, losing 10-3 after putting up a good fight.

Keeping a positive frame of mind, we went into our next match playing King Alfred’s and won 5-1.  Everyone performed really well and pulled together to get the win.



Our next game was against Bicester.  This proved to be a very close game but we managed to secure a 1-0 win.

In the final match we played Cherwell who were a very strong team, however we managed to secure a win hoping to get into the top three.

Overall we came 2nd in the whole of Oxfordshire which is a great achievement

Arabian Nights Rehearsals w/c 29April 2019

Tuesday 30 April

After School in the Main School Hall until 4.30pm

All actors in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Plus Prologue Group – Alex Riseley, Daisy Granville, Bella Woollin, Louis Bhatia, Cullern Stevens


Wednesday 1 May

Lunch time 1.30pm in the Drama Studio

All Dancers


Daisy Granville, Alex Riseley, Bella Woollin, Cullern Stephens, Louis Bhatia,  Rhianna Williams, Theo Wargent, Angeles Guio, Scarlett Wilson Y9, Taryn Langley, Ben Whitehill


Thursday 2 May

After School in the Drama Studio until 4.30pm

All Drummers – Angus Wilson 7JGO, Ben Fraser Hobbs 7APO, Rhys Cooper 7OIA, Kyla Mackie 8CPO, Ellis Leach 8PCO, Chloe Adams 8ETH, Rose Peters 8ETH, Kate Mowbray 8ETH, Xavier Williams 7JDA, Cullern Stephens 8VPE, Vincent Brown 7JDA, Gracie Pepper 7SRO, Bethany Goodwin 7SRO, Alyssa Brown 9HCL, Lewis Payten 10ARO, Charles Hunt 12RFO

Tenner Challenge 2019 Winners

It’s been a fantastic year for our business entrepreneurs, who have created four different companies as part of the National Tenner Challenge run by Young Enterprise and supported by the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

Burford Boots, Unique Woodwork, Hearty Herbs and Roll-a-Coaster have all been warmly received by the judging panel since the competition commenced.

Burford was announced as National Tenner Challenge Winners 2019 in the following categories:

‘Roll-a-Coaster’ were awarded: Best for Sustainability age15-19 and ‘Hearty Herbs’ received the award for the Best Team age 15-19.


Congratulations to Year 10 students:- Isaac, Oliver, Henry, Dan, Phoebe, Jemima, Joe, Kate and Elliot.

A staggering 26,083 students took part in the competition nationally – so a big well done to all the competitors.

The students will be attending an awards ceremony at the Bank of England on 8 May.

Boarders Go Busking

On Sunday 31 March, the Boarding House Singing Club went busking in Witney to raise money for the student-chosen house charity, Oxford Children’s Hospital.

Despite slightly depleted numbers due to it being Mothers’ Day, the singing group were in fine voice and over the course of three hours raised just under £290.

Several passers-by stopped to listen and the group were complimented on their singing.  A huge well done to all the singers and charity committee members involved.

Success at County Badminton

The U16 Boys were runners-up in a fiercely contested competition, held at St Helen’s and St Katherine’s school in Abingdon on Monday 1 April.



Having beaten King Alfred’s, Icknield and Oxford Academy, it all came down to the final match where they were beaten 3-2 by The Warriner School.

In the U14 competition, the boys came up against some very strong opposition and finished 5th overall.


Kitzbühel – the highlight of the term!

The 2019 Ski Trip to Kitzbühel started off with a long coach journey across Europe, but as soon as we arrived in Austria, we knew it had all been worth it. We arrived to delicious food and very welcoming hosts. We woke up to a beautiful day and noticed how amazing the view was from our rooms. The white snowy mountains dotted with fir trees and above, the amazing bright blue sky. All we could see were mountains.

We collected our boots and skis and got straight down to the skiing the next day. We were split into our groups and because I had never skied before, I was in the beginners’ group and we were taught the skills and safety procedures that we would need on the slopes. We progressed very quickly and by the end of the week, our group had made it from the nursery runs onto the red slopes. Lunch on the slopes was amazing – I thought the schnitzel and chips were the best – and our whole group was very well looked after by our ski teachers and staff.

After the hard work on the slopes we would go off to do some exciting activities in the area. We all went to the swimming pool, which everyone loved thanks to the many slides! We got to play skittles, shop around the town, have a go at Austrian curling and we even had a ping pong tournament back at the hotel! Every morning and evening we would return to the hotel to be surprised by two of the most adorable puppies, which of course we all named and cuddled a lot!

Every day while we were on the coach journey to the ski slopes, we would all nominate and vote on who would be the ‘Div of the Day’. The winner would have to wear, and sign, a luminous high-vis jacket. Of course we can’t forget when Mr Claydon attempted to attack us with snow balls, not realising that there was glass between us and him, which instantly put him in the div jacket!

The ski trip was an amazing experience for me as I got to learn new skills with all my friends! We were all so sad when it came to the end of the week. We loaded all of our bags onto the bus, said our thankyous and goodbyes to our hosts (and the puppies) and set off back to Burford. I would definitely recommend the ski trip to anyone whether beginner or advanced skier. It wasn’t just about skiing – there were so many great activities as well. It was a brilliant opportunity to get to know the other students in different years and to meet new people. I wish I could to it all over again and I loved every second of it – even the 27 hour journey!

Daisy – Year 9

Creative Masterpieces Steal the Show

Our talented Year 13 artists exhibited their work at the Carterton Lions Club Art Show, over half term, where it was very much admired.


Visitors were impressed by the high standard of work and were heard to comment ‘Amazing’, ‘Brilliant’ and ‘They can’t be students, the work looks so professional’.

The winning piece of work  – The Mechanic – was submitted by Jess (Mixed media on cartridge).  Runner up was Kara with a detailed portrait (Oil and mixed media on canvas) and Highly Commended was Charlotte (Mixed media on printed map).

The show was hosted by the Carterton Lions Club, two of whom came to school to give the prizes to the winners.

Hooray for Hockey County Champions

Megan & Edie Report: – On Tuesday 2 April, the Year 8 Girls Hockey Team represented the school at the County Final Tournament at Tilsley Park Abingdon.  We started the day with a strong performance winning 2-0 against Wallingford.

Despite the horrendous conditions we continued to play well, resulting in another three wins.  We played our last match against Gillots School, who tested our skills, however with some amazing defending from Rebecca and Maisy and some strong attacking and goals from Abi, Cara and Sophie, we managed to draw this final match.

Our strong performance throughout the day resulted in us becoming County Champions and gold medal winners. Well done girls!