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Cricket Round Up

Cricket Round Up

Once again we are delighted to have been selected by The Cricketer, as one of the top 100 schools in the country for our cricketing provision.

It has been yet another busy cricket season for our teams and despite some inclement weather, a lot cricket of has been played.

The highlights were: 

The 1ST X1 drew with the MCC.

The U17s reached the final of the County Cup, but the final is unlikely to be played.

The U15s won their district league but lost in the county final to LWS.

The U14s won their district league but lost in the semi-final of the county competition to LWS.



The U13s won their district league but lost in the semi-final of the county competition to Wheatley Park.

The U12s reached the semi-final of the County Cup, losing to the Dragon School.

The Junior Challenge team retained the Annual trophy, beating Henry Box for the 11th consecutive year.

In total:  Played 28.  Won 18.  Lost 9.  Drew 1.

Well done to all who have represented the school this term.



Back to Nature at Woodlands


From Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July forty three boarding students from Years 7-10 took part in a weekend away at the Woodlands Residential Centre in the Brecon Beacons.

Students tried out a series of outdoor activities including: climbing, canoeing on the River Wye and gorge walking in Pont-Nedd Fechan.

The students really challenged themselves and enjoyed the weekend immensely!




High Sheriff Award for Engineering

Having nominated Rory from Year 11 for this prestigious award, I was very excited to discover he had reached the final.

The county competition includes all educational establishments with students studying up to the age of eighteen.  Representing the very best young engineers across the county, the standard of work submitted is exceptional.


On Tuesday 2 July, I was proud to accompany Rory and his parents to the award presentation held at Abingdon & Witney College.  Master of Ceremonies was Richard Dick – CEO of Lucy’s, whose inspiration started the whole initiative and Lady Sylvia Jay, The High Sheriff.

There were four finalists in Rory’s category and although he did not win, he achieved a very commendable second and received an iPad Mini for his efforts.

Rory has now left Burford, having obtained a very high calibre engineering apprenticeship with SST Technology.  I wish him all the very best for the future.

Steve Love

Head of Technology


Talent Shines Through at County Finals




Huge congratulations to Luke and Oliver who performed impressively in the County Tennis finals at Abingdon. They were runners up in the competition and received a coveted medal!

U15s Take Bronze at Rounders Final

Captain Phoebe Palmer led the girls U15 squad as qualifiers for the County Finals, on Tuesday 2 July at Oxford Brookes University Sports Centre.

After a tense start, with the team closely losing the two first matches against The Oxford Academy and Langtree, they went on to win the last two games against Wykham Park and Matthew Arnold schools.

After some impressive fielding and strong team effort, the girls were placed 3rd overall and each received a coveted bronze medal!


Year 11 Leavers Ball


The Year 11 Leavers’ Ball took place at Eynsham Hall on Friday 5 July; a venue which proved to be a fitting location for students to celebrate their time at Burford School.  Over one hundred and ninety students and staff donned their most glamorous outfits and basked in beautiful July sunshine.

Students arrived in a variety of vehicles, from sports cars to tractors, before enjoying the stunning views of the gardens.  A two-course meal was enjoyed by all before students danced the night away to the sounds of the DJ.


A huge thank you to all those who helped to make this such a successful evening. This was a fantastic way to end five years at Burford School.  We now wish all students a relaxing summer and the very best of luck with the GCSE results when these are revealed in August.

Mr Claydon

Head of Year 11

Howzat! Burford Bat to Glory

For the 11th consecutive year, Burford have triumphed in the Annual Junior Challenge Match against Henry Box.  This year by 69 runs!

This competition, which started back in 2003, involves five Year 9, four Year 8 and two Year 7 cricketers, selected from each school.

Burford, captained by Luke – Year 9, won the toss and opted to bat.

James – Year 7 (25), Harvey – Year 8 (15), put on 53 for the first wicket before James was caught.

Luke then added 22, supported by Alfie – Year 9, who finished on 16 not out.

Burford ended on 111 for 6.


In reply, Henry Box struggled against the Burford attack and only Captain Owen managed double figures before he was bowled out by Alfie.

Excellent bowling performances from Edgar – 2 for 4, Luke – 2 for 6 and Alfie – 2 for 9, saw Henry Box reduced to 42 all out!

James – Year 7 was given the ‘Best Batsman’ award for his top score.

A very impressive all-round display.

Year 7 Make a Splash!


The Year 7 swimming team performed very creditably this week in the County Championships held at Radley College.  Overall the girls were placed 2nd in Oxfordshire and the boys 3rd.

There were individual 1st places in heats for boys and girls breaststroke, boys butterfly and freestyle and both boys relays.

Girls Shine at Cricket Competition


Congratulations to our Year 7 team, who won the county ‘Chance to Shine’ cricket competition on Friday 28 June. They now go on to regional finals at the Royal Blue Coat School in Reading on Tuesday 9 July.

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