‘The vast range of thriving extra-curricular activities, including high quality opportunities in sport, music, drama, art and travel is a huge strength of the academy’ Ofsted 2014
Discovering where learning can take you
We believe that learning outside the taught curriculum develops and extends our students, enhancing rapport, mutual understanding, and respect. We, therefore, have a rich and exciting range of extended learning and extra-curricular programmes for all year groups both during and after school. From Science Week to Sewing Bee, Immersion Week to Musicals, our students benefit from activities, events, competitions and visiting speakers who help to bring learning to life.
Participating towards a shared aim
All students are placed in one of our four Houses: Wysdom, Warwick, Falkland and Heylin. This gives them a sense of belonging and provides them with opportunities to participate and achieve success across a wide range of activities, some of which they may never have experienced before.
Supporting the curriculum
As part of the School’s continuing drive to stretch all students, academic visits, trips and excursions are provided to reinforce and extend knowledge within the different subject areas. Each of the visits is designed to open up new experiences, encourage questioning and help students gain a thirst for learning. In addition students are offered sports trips that introduce them to new physical challenges and new cultures.
Building friendships – enhancing performance
Whether scientist, artist, sportsperson or performer, there is room to flourish at Burford. Whatever a student’s level of skill, encouragement is given to take part and acknowledgement is made of both effort and success. New and life-long friendships are made, talents discovered and the energy, enthusiasm and patience acquired transfers itself into the classroom, significantly enhancing everyday performance.
The importance of these activities is formally recognised at our annual Prize Giving ceremonies and at our Charter Day celebrations.