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High Five for Boarding

High Five for Boarding



A huge well done to kitchen staff in the Boarding Department for once again attaining the highest standard in food hygiene after an unplanned spot check on Thursday 26 January.

Always working hard on behalf of the boarders, it’s good to have their hard work and high standards acknowledged.

Boarders celebrate Chinese New Year

On Saturday evening the boarders celebrated Chinese New Year.

2020 is the Year of the Rat, the first in the 12-year-cycle of Chinese zodiac signs. People born in the Year of Rat are generally born with the zodiac rat characteristics. They are believed to be very industrious and thrifty, diligent and positive.

The dining room was decorated by the catering team in traditional style and they prepared a delicious mix of Chinese foods including duck pancakes, chicken wings and spring rolls.

It was a wonderful way to celebrate our students’ traditions.

We Are The Champions!

Congratulations to our Year 8 Football Team who beat Cherwell 3-1 in the County Cup Final held at Oxford City Football Club.

Played in tough weather conditions, the team demonstrated their match skills, keeping the ball out of the wind.  Despite a nervous start with Cherwell taking an early lead, scorer Matthew levelled the game before half time.

Cherwell started the second half strongly, but it wasn’t long before Burford began to dominate the game with some superb play.

Two additional goals from man of the match Cian put the result out of doubt. The woodwork and goalkeeper from Cherwell stopped Burford adding to the final score line.  A fantastic squad effort.  Well done all!

Study Day at British Film Institute

On Friday 10 January, Head of MFL Miss Santovety, took her A-level Spanish group to the British Film Institute in London to attend a Film Study day.  The day focused on films influenced by the Spanish Civil War which are prescribed texts in the current exam specifications.

The session was based on Guillermo del Toro’s, El Laberinto del Fauno and Emilio Lázaro’s, Las Trece Rosas, which is the film studied in Year 13. Students had the opportunity to learn more about film language and style as well as important historical periods such as Franco’s dictatorship and the civil war.  They learnt about the influence these events had on filmmakers, helping them gain a deeper understanding of the films’ themes.

Theatre Weekend in London

On the 10 January Mr Brookes – Head of Drama, led a tour of twenty GCSE and A-level students to London for a weekend packed with theatre.

After arriving at Paddington Station, the party proceeded to Wildwood’s in Covent Garden to enjoy a two course meal before taking the tube to the Apollo Theatre to watch a stunning performance of Wicked, with the strength of the performances bringing some students to tears!

The following morning, after a full English breakfast, the students visited the National Theatre where they learned about the running of its three venues. Students took a closer look at the Olivier and Dorfman Theatre and completed a back stage tour, seeing the process of set building, creation of back drops, props and costumes and even caught a glimpse of the fabulous horse puppet from the current production of War Horse.


Following a walk across Westminster Bridge, the students arrived at the famous Pineapple Studios where they took part in an acting workshop led by a West End performer. Students rehearsed a scene identifying ways they could show truth within a scene from the Wicked production and then performed their own interpretations of this to each other. At the end of the workshop, students were treated to a special Q&A session led by a cast member from the Wicked production. They took with them some valuable tips about how to bounce back from failure and the audition process.

Finally, students spent time exploring the bustling streets of Covent Garden and Leicester Square before heading back to Paddington for the journey home.

Here are some favorite moments:

“Recreating the scene from Wicked was so much fun and a great learning experience”- Amelia

“The tour really opened my eyes as to how many jobs and opportunities there are in theatre”- Clémence

“My favourite part was Gracie’s reaction to Elphaba at the end!”- Will

Report by Maddie, Keira and Clémence.

Back to Boarding

It’s good to have the house busy again with everyone safely back from Christmas. With homes across the globe from Nigeria to the Falkland Islands, Mauritius to Hong Kong there’s lots to catch up on. Sadly the weather here hasn’t been quite as sunny as some have enjoyed! However, this has not deterred the students from getting out and about through watery fields, walking the Boarding House dogs.

Year 13 are sitting their mocks at present so there’s an unusual hush around the house as they focus on the task in hand.  With Year 11 receiving their mock results this week, it really does feel like the beginning of the build up to the public exams in May and June.

For those not preoccupied with such things, rehearsals for ‘The 39 Steps’ are keeping many of them busy and excitement is quickly building. Tickets are on sale through ticketsource so do come along and enjoy their performance.

WOLP Careers Fair

A-level Geography Field Trip To Slapton

On a cold, bright November morning, twenty A-level Geography students travelled to Devon for the annual field trip to Slapton Ley Field Study Centre. Throughout their stay, students were given first-hand experience of collecting, presenting and analysing a full range of water, coastal and regeneration data for their A-level Independent Investigation.

As the new day dawned, students donned their wellies and headed off to neighbouring Slapton Wood to undertake site surveys on infiltration rates across different land uses. Students quickly learnt through trial and error how to use infiltration rings and were able to take measurements to estimate field capacity.

Everyone spent the afternoon along Start Bay surveying the shingle bar at Torcross and the quaint fishing village of Beesands. The students carried out beach profiling and evaluated the success of coastal management strategies to alleviate the risk of erosion and flooding.

The following day was spent in Plymouth assessing the success of retail and heritage regeneration schemes at Frankfort Gate, Drake’s Circus and the Barbican, using GIS to locate and record the results of environmental quality surveys, noise levels and pedestrian counts. The group then analysed their data collection using GIS software back at our base.

Finally students, having created their own investigation titles, were given the freedom to revisit their chosen location, select appropriate sampling techniques and ‘go live’ with their data collection strategies. It was great to see students collaborating over data collection and showing resilience and quick thinking when faced with obstacles.

Donations for Witney Foodbank

The students in Year 9 have been collecting donations to support those in need in West Oxfordshire.  They gathered together items listed on the Witney Foodbank’s ‘Desperately Needed’ list which includes toilet rolls, sauces, long life milk and fruit juice to best support families in need within the local community at Christmas.

The foodbank provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis and are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Year 11 Geography Exploration Trip


Between 14 – 16 October 2019, one hundred and twenty one curious Year 11 Geography students visited the slightly wet and chilly, but still idyllic, honeypot town of Bourton-on-the-Water as part of their GCSE fieldwork.

With a clipboard and data collection sheets to hand, they were presented with the task of recording evidence using qualitative techniques in order to judge ‘To what extent is Bourton-on-the-Water a sustainable place to live?’

Following an east-west transect through the centre of the town, students collected data ranging from Likert opinion surveys to questionnaires, sketches to sustainable community bipolar surveys.  Our students conducted themselves admirably as they interviewed visitors and business owners, including a well-earned visit to the fish and chip shop.

Back in the classroom, with all relevant data collected and collated, students drew conclusions in preparation for their forthcoming examinations.