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Busy Time At Boarding

Busy Time At Boarding

The Boarders continue to deal with their lockdown in a mature and understanding way. They are immensely supportive of each other, especially of the groups who are also self-isolating. Students have spent hours conversing with their peers from the garden or the courtyard up to windows of those confined to dorms. This has really helped to ensure that everyone feels like they continue to be a part of our (very) big family.



One of the biggest issues to overcome, has been the restriction of the students into the town for tuck in the evenings. However, Mrs Imms and Miss Duckworth have almost re-created the Coop store at the Boarding House. This is in the form of a well-stocked, and much appreciated, tuck shop that runs every evening from the Girls’ office. Miss Hustler has even suggested opening her own retail business in later life, as she enjoys doing it so much! It has been an incredible success and may be one of those things that we continue after the Lockdown ends.


The re-worked weekend entertainment continues to be popular amongst the students with access to the Sports Hall and the Day School site over the weekends. Last week, a huge game of ‘hide and seek’ involving students from all year groups kept them busy for a few hours. Circuits and other fitness related games have also been a big feature in the courtyard back at the Boarding House. Textile Club, Baking Club and Craft Club have also continued in the evenings during the week. The Boarding Sixth Form Independence program also began recently. This consists of a variety of workshops intended to support students as they move to university or beyond. How to change a car tyre, prepare a 10-minute meal and manage student finances, are just a selection of useful skills covered in the program.

Students Compete Against The Clock


Year 12 students recently took part in the UK Senior Maths Challenge. This year the competition was held online with students working at home to solve a variety of mathematical problems against the clock.

Congratulations go to all those that took part, but in particular:

  • Elliot Soul and Ibukun Odele for achieving a Bronze Award.
  • Jack Doughty, Joe Warwick and Alice Wilson for achieving a Silver Award.
  • Bailey Ogilvie, Daniel Pilkington and Tristan Howard for achieving a Gold Award.

A Dream Opportunity


Congratulations to Abi in Year 10, who has been put forward by the Oxfordshire County Cricket Board for trials with The Southern Vipers Cricket Academy at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Abi is also taking part in another trial with England Under 17’s indoor team, for selection to a tournament that concludes with the final held in Melbourne.


Election of new Parent Governors

The recent parent governor election has now closed.  We had a strong field of five candidates for two positions and a large number of parents participated in the vote.

Mrs Virginia Spracklen and Mr Matthew Willis are our successful candidates. They will now provide references and a DBS check prior to taking up their role as governors and directors of Burford School.

Congratulations to Mrs Spracklen and Mr Willis, and thank you to all of our recent candidates.

Personal Statements:

Virginia Spracklen

Matthew Willis


Christmas Book Fair

We will be holding a Scholastic Christmas Book Fair for two weeks from Tuesday 1 December – Monday 14 December.

Please find the link to the advance book sale list below:


Christmas Bookfair Secondary Pre-Browse Order Form


Prices start at £2.99, so there are some real Christmas bargains.

Access to the book fair will be at break, lunch time and after school on the following days:


Year 7

Tuesday 1 December; Friday 4 December.

Monday 7 December (after school only), Tuesday 8 December, Wednesday 9 December

Monday 14 December


Year 8

Wednesday 2 December

Thursday 10 December, Friday 11 December


Year 9

Thursday 3 December

Monday 7 December (Break and lunch only)


Scholastic have gone to a lot of trouble to keep the books COVID free.

  • Bookcases will have been deep cleaned prior to arrival with all books quarantined for 72 hours
  • Contactless delivery and collection
  • To avoid handling cash, parents may pay by phone or purchase gift vouchers from the Scholastic website to use at the fair, although cash will be accepted.


Charter Day Celebrations

On Friday 20 November, we celebrated our 449th Birthday, an event at which we remember the founders of our school and give thanks for their generosity and foresight.  This annual occasion is traditionally marked with our Charter Day Thanksgiving Service, attended by all members of the school, and by our Upper School Prize-Giving Evening.

The Prizegiving evening is held in the Sports Hall and prize-winners and their families, as well as staff and guests, come together to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our students and during the previous academic year. In keeping with the many changes to our way of life in 2020, this year we have had to celebrate these special events remotely.

We were still keen to recognise the achievements of our prize-winners and so each subject and trophy winner was sent their book token prize, along with a commemorative programme featuring the names of all winners, to arrive on Charter Day.

As a school we feel it is very important to recognise the hard work and successes of our students and, though this year’s celebrations were somewhat different from the norm, and we were sorry not to welcome back last year’s students in person to receive their prizes, we remain extremely proud of all our students’ achievements.

Support for BTEC Enterprise Students

The Business and Enterprise Department would like to thank the following local businesses that have helped support the Year 10 BTEC Enterprise students.  The students really enjoyed having a virtual meeting with the entrepreneurs and finding out about what it is like to run a business.

The Cotswold Fudge Company –

Crocodiles of the World –

Bekstone –

Balloontastic Ltd-

Year 11 Careers Event goes online

During the week beginning 9 November the Year 11 students each undertook a virtual mock interview with a range of external employers. Over 220 students took part, with the employers interviewing them via webcam.

At this time of year, the Library is usually full of enthusiastic employer-volunteers ready for face-to-face interviews with our students, however, due to the current pandemic Careers Leader, Mrs Haines, took the event online.


As a result of social distancing, the use of online interviews has grown considerably and is now a practical way for many businesses to recruit new staff.  The experience, therefore,  gave students a taste of what might lie ahead for them when they apply to college, sixth form or for apprenticeships next year.

Our volunteers were extremely impressed with the students’ efforts in what was, for most, their first interview.  Alongside valuable experience for the students it also gave the employers an insight into the capabilities of our Year 11 students and they felt they would highly recommend taking part in the project to other employers.

We are always on the look out to widen our net of employers for this event.  If you would like to support careers-related activities at Burford School, please email Mrs Haines, Careers Leader at:


Burford Equestrian Team


The team have been busy competing on behalf of the school since the lifting of lockdown at the beginning of the summer.  At the end of August they attended the Championships at Hickstead, competing in a variety of classes as a team and as individuals. Their combined performances on the day saw them crowned National Champions.

Since returning to school, members of the team have competed at a variety of competitions, the most recent being the School Equestrian Games One-Day Event with over one hundred competitors taking part in dressage, show jumping and cross-country.

Good luck to the team as they begin the winter event season.

On Your Bike!

This year, Burford has received a grant from West Oxfordshire District Council to purchase a number of restored bikes from The Windrush Bike Project.

The scheme did some fantastic work during lockdown, restoring bikes and donating them to NHS key workers.



Many of our students have worked with The Windrush Bike Project, completing the Bikeability scheme at primary school.

Burford aims to continue working with this worthwhile project, to ensure all students are safe and competent when using a bike and an extra-curricular Cycling Club will feature in this year’s list of clubs and activities.