Tel: 01993 823303


‘Pupils behave very well, both in lessons and around the school. They wear the school uniform with pride, and are respectful and courteous to one another and to adults in the school.’ Ofsted 2018

‘You encourage pupils to be individuals and ‘follow their dreams’. Ofsted 2018


Burford School is a mixed comprehensive school committed to the highest standards in all aspects of the work and attainment of the students. We believe in equality of opportunity and do not select students according to ability. There are currently just over 1,400 students at Burford with 215 in the Sixth Form. Of these 100 are boarders from the United Kingdom and abroad. Each year we normally hold an Open Evening in September when prospective parents and students have the opportunity to look around the school and talk to staff and current students.  This year, due to the need for social distancing, we are holding a Virtual Open Evening and parents have the opportunity to sign up for individual tours of the school during the following two weeks.  Our Admissions Policies can be viewed on the Policies Page.  If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs J Morse, by selecting Admissions from the drop down menu on the Contact Form, or calling her on 01993 825320.

Burford School Catchment Area

The partnership schools within our catchment are: Bampton, Brize Norton, Burford, Clanfield, Leafield, St Christopher’s (Langford), St Kenelm’s (Minster Lovell), St Peter’s (Alvescot) and Wychwood Primary.

Outside Catchment?

We do, however, support parents, right to a ‘first choice’ school and welcome students from as far afield as Bledington and Hook Norton, Witney and Lechlade. All our admissions are handled through Oxfordshire County Council.

Entry to Year 7 for students from non-partnership schools

We welcome students who do not attend one of our Partnership Primary Schools and support every family’s right to request a ‘first choice’ school.  All our admissions follow the criteria which are laid out in our Admissions Policy 2020-2021 document. Each year approximately 35% of our Year 7 intake comes from beyond our catchment area and we are sensitive to the importance of making those students feel part of the year group from the outset. Pupils from non-partnership primary schools are invited to attend an additional Orientation Day to familiarise themselves with the school prior to the two Inductions Days to which all prospective Year 7 students are invited.

Key dates for Year 7 Admissions to Oxfordshire Country Council schools

All applications for admission, from both partnership and non-partnership school pupils, are handled by Oxfordshire County Council. Please visit the OCC website for more details regarding this process. Appeals are also handled by OCC.

  • 31 October 2020 – Applications due in to OCC
  • 1 March 2021 – School places offered by OCC (email offers for online applications)
  • 16 March 2021 – Confirmation to OCC accepting offer of place
  • 16 March 2021 – Deadline for late applications
  • 6 May 2020 – Second allocation of places offered by OCC


Allocation of Year 7 places 

OCC allocates places in line with the school’s published Admission Policy. When the number of applications exceed the number of places available, as has been the case recently, parents can take the following steps to continue to be considered for a place. Next Steps:

  • Indicate on the email they have received from OCC that they would like to go on the ‘Continued Interest List’.  Please note: Requests must be received by 16 March 2021 to be considered.


  • Parents who go on the continued interest list will be eligible for their child to be offered a place in the Second Allocation of Places, which will happen on 6 May. If a child is unsuccessful in the second allocation they can remain on the waiting list until the end of Year 7 and any further places that become available will be allocated as they arise.


  • Parents need to decide if they want to accept or decline the school they have been offered. This decision does not affect their place on the continued interest list or the outcome of an appeal.


  • Parents who have not been given a place for their child at Burford can go to Appeal. Please see below for details of how to do this.

Lodging an Appeal

Any parent refused a place at Burford School, has the right to lodge an appeal through Oxfordshire County Council, as they are responsible for dealing with such matters. The appeal form is available to complete on-line and goes directly to the Appeals Clerk at OCC.  We encourage parents to use the on-line form as this is the quickest and most secure method of delivery. If, however, you are unable to use this method, please complete a paper form which is available from the OCC Appeals Office.

Useful Contacts: Christine Madeley                                                                                     

Senior Admissions Co-ordinator, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1NA

(Normal working days are Monday and Tuesday)           

OCC School Admissions: 0345 241 2487

Julie Morse Admissions Officer Burford School, Cheltenham Road, Burford, Oxon   OX18 4PL 

Direct line: 01993 825320

Burford School Office: 01993 823303


Year 6 transition procedure for students selecting Burford School


  • Head of Year 7 and current Year 7 students visit Year 6 students in the partnership primary schools.
  • Head of Year 7 visits Year 6 students in non-partnership schools which historically send students to Burford. (Please ask the Headteacher of your child’s school to invite us if you plan to send your child to Burford and would like us to visit.)


  • Welcome Pack 1 from Burford School to parents and students which includes:
    • activities to support transition from Years 6 to 7
    • a uniform list
    • official forms (Biometric registration/Parentmail/individual music tuition etc)
    • Transport information


  • Pack 2 with further information for Year 6 parents and students.
  • Head of Year 7 and the Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral) visit forthcoming students from Year 6 in all primary schools.
  • Orientation Day for Year 6 students from non-partnership schools. (See Entry to Year 7 from non-partnership schools below).


  • Two Induction Days for all prospective Year 7 students (from partnership and non-partnership schools).
  • Year 6 Parents’ Information Evening
  • Year 6/7 Disco


Admissions to Years 8-11

Parents wishing to apply for a place in Years 8-11 are invited to make an appointment to meet members of the school and be given a tour of the premises. Those considering a boarding place are invited to visit the day school premises before going down into Burford to see the Boarding House.  Full details of the admissions process are provided following a visit.


Admissions to the Sixth Form

Students and parents are invited to attend the Sixth Form Open Evening held each November.  Students wishing to apply to join the sixth form are then required to complete the Sixth Form Application Form and are invited for interview before the offer of a place is confirmed. If you have any queries about admission to Sixth Form, please contact the Sixth Form Administrator, Mrs Alcock at More details regarding the Curriculum, Bursaries, Enrichment and Results etc can be found under Sixth Form.

Key dates for Sixth Form Applications

Sixth Form Open Evening: Thursday 5 November 2020
Submission of completed Application Forms: Friday 7 January 2021
Interviews: February/March 2021
Offers of places: April 2021
Induction Days (2): June 2020

Boarding Admissions

Boarding Admissions are dealt with directly by the Boarding Department. For initial enquiries or to receive further information regarding boarding  please call 01993 823283.  For email enquiries select Boarding from the drop-down menu on the contact form and see the Admissions Day and Boarding policy.

  • Complete and return the Boarding Application Form.
  • Include a copy of your child’s UK or EU passport.
  • Include a copy of their most recent school report.

NB: Those applying for a place in the Sixth Form are also required to return their completed Sixth Form Application Form to Burford Boarding at this point. We will then contact your child’s current school with a reference request. Prospective parents and children are invited to visit, during term time, to see the school in action, look around the boarding house and meet staff and students. (We understand that this can sometimes be difficult for overseas candidates.) Following your visit, the Head of Boarding will let you know if Burford Boarding is able to offer your child a boarding place.

Please note: If you are successful, this automatically guarantees your child a place at Burford School.

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