Tel: 01993 823303


‘The behaviour of students is outstanding’ Ofsted 2014

‘Students are smartly dressed, polite and very proud of their academy’  Ofsted 2014


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 approximately 1,140 students at Burford with over 200 in the Sixth Form. Of these just under 100 are boarders from the United Kingdom and abroad.

Each year we 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.  We also welcome prospective parents and students to visit on any normal working day to see the school in action.

Burford School can also be found in the Good Schools Guide.

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 call her on 01993 825320.


Key dates for Year 7 Admissions to Oxfordshire Country Council schools

All our admissions, 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 2017 – Applications due in to OCC
  • 1 March 2018 – School places offered by OCC (email offers for online applications)
  • 21 March 2018 – Confirmation to OCC accepting offer of place
  • 21 March 2018– Deadline for late applications
  • 8 May 2018 – Second allocation of places offered by OCC


First Allocation of Year 7 Places for September 2018


  • There are 240 places in Year 7 for September 2018.
  • Burford School has received 324 first preferences.
  • Unfortunately this means that 84 children who put Burford as first choice have not been allocated a place at Burford.
  • Places have been allocated by OCC, in line with the school’s published Admission Policy, which is on our school website.

Next Steps:

If parents would still like a place at Burford there are a number of things they can do:

  • Indicate on the email they have received from OCC that they would like to go on the ‘Continued Interest List.’ This is a waiting list for our school and remains open until the end of September.


  • 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 the Tuesday 8 May.


  • 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.


Useful Contacts:

Christine Madeley                                                                                      Julie Morse

Senior Admissions Co-ordinator                                                             Admissions Officer

County Hall                                                                                                       Burford School

New Road                                                                                                          Cheltenham Road

Oxford                                                                                                                 BURFORD

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Normal working days are Monday and Tuesday                                      

OCC School Admissions: 0345 241 2487                                                Direct Line: 01993 825320

                                                                                                                             Burford School: 01993 823303


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.


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-2017-2018 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, on top of the events listed above, to familiarise themselves with the school prior to the two Inductions Days to which all prospective Year 7 students are invited.


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 One 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 Two with further information to 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 usually 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 Years 12-13

IMG_9280 IBCStudents and parents are invited to attend the Sixth Form Open Evening held each November.  This is followed by a Taster Day giving students a clearer idea of life in the Sixth Form.  They are then required to complete the Sixth Form Application Form and are invited for interview before the offer of a place is confirmed.

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 9 November 2017

Sixth Form Taster Day                                                      Friday  15 December 2017

Submission of completed Application Forms       Friday 5 January 2018

Interviews                                                                              February/March

Offers of places                                                                    April

Induction Days (2)                                                             June 


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-2017-2018 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 you a boarding place.

NB: If you are successful, this automatically guarantees your child a place in Burford School.


Admissions Policy – 2019

The Admissions Policy 2019 has now been approved and is available at

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