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Design & Technology Exhibition 2021

Design & Technology Exhibition 2021

Click here to view our 2021 Virtual Design& Technology Exhibition showcasing the work of our students during this year.


Year 9 get stuck into Technology

The Technology Department held a Year 9 Intervention Day for those students who will be continuing their Technology education next year. The day offered the students the opportunity to build and develop their practical skills in an attempt to reduce the impact of the Covid lockdowns.


The students took part in various activities depending on their chosen area of study. Product Design students completed a group exercise to design and model a building in a flood risk area of the third world. The design had to be based on a practical real-world solution at a cost of £500 and presented to the rest of the group. Other activities included a focused practical task based around skills in timber. The students were required to design and create an A- frame style toolbox using accurate joining methods and techniques, with an emphasis on high quality, functioning outcomes.

The students also undertook a creative design project, with the theme ‘Under the Sea’. They each designed a jellyfish, which they produced using a range of practical skills, including machine sewing, hand sewing, embellishment techniques, felting, applique, sublimation printing and laser cutting. The aim of the project was to develop their practical skills and give students an opportunity to be creative and experimental with their design work.


In Food Technology Students were working to develop a number of high-level skills such as pastry making to give them confidence when starting their GCSE course. Throughout the day they produced a series of dishes including quiche, roulade, a coulis, worked with cous cous and a number of different vegetables. The students focused on exploring the use of different making techniques such as the rubbing in method while making a range of delicious snacks, main courses and desserts.

In Engineering the students developed their skills and knowledge of a range of processes and materials. The two products focused on electrical engineering, where the students created LED light spinners, and also mechanical engineering, where the students produced a candle holder utilising a number of metal manufacturing processes.

Farewell to Mrs Cooper


At the end of last term we bade farewell to Mrs Cooper, our long time Librarian at Burford School.  Mrs Cooper has been at the school for over 15 years and under her care the Library has seen many developments including the Student Librarian training, the introduction of the the Accelerated Reader programme, the arrival of kindles and the introduction of Oliver. She has sought out and engaged three Patrons of Reading, all of whom have provided inspiration to students across the year groups.



During the many Reading Weeks she has run, numerous authors have visited to give interesting and exciting talks from football to firepower, fantasy to fan fiction.  Her friendship with Jim Kaye, illustrator of the Harry Potter books, has resulted in the regular and popular visits Jim has made to the school, and she will be forever remembered as the model and inspiration for his interpretation of Mrs Weasley.

With so many school libraries having closed, or come under threat of closure, we have been very fortunate in retaining ours and Mrs Cooper, along with Mrs Count, has always provided a warm welcome to all those who have shown an interest in books or sought out the library as a centre for some quiet study.

We wish Mrs Cooper the very best in her retirement and look forward to a new phase for the Library under the guidance of Mrs Count.

Farewell to Year 11 & 13

It was an emotional day for our leavers on Friday 28 May.  Our Year 11 students gathered in the quad  to have their yearbooks and shirts signed by members of staff and friends, while Rock School Band 1851 & A Guy Named Roger, performed a number of songs showcasing their musical talent. The afternoon concluded with presentations by each form group and Heads of Year, Mrs Graff and Mr Warren.


The Year 13 students dressed up in a variety of costumes for their final day in the Sixth Form. They had fun socialising with friends, signing their leavers’ hoodies and yearbooks and all enjoyed a Domino’s Pizza lunch.  To complete the festivities, our Heads of School, tutors and students took to the field for their final presentation.  They will all be reunited at the Leavers’ Dinner on Friday 25 June.


Good luck to all who are leaving us this year.  We wish them every success for the future!