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Charter Day

On Friday 19 November, the community of Burford School was delighted to welcome a number of VIPs to celebrate our 450th Anniversary. The Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin, spent some time with students in the Acre – our nod to our past as a school with a Farm and a place that allows for mindful reflection about the world we live in today. The Duke offered a few wise words to the students during our Charter Day Service.

The annual service commemorates our founders and the benefaction that allowed the young of Burford to be educated in a dedicated building in the heart of the town. It was a privilege to hear also from the Chair of Oxfordshire County Council, Councillor John Howson, in recognising the importance of service in an all-round education through programmes such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme which is very popular at Burford.

 

As if that was not enough, later in the evening, we welcomed to the senior prize giving the former Prime Minister and MP for Witney of 16 years, David Cameron. On an evening where the school demonstrated the superb talents of our student Jazz band, Mr Cameron regaled the gathered crowd with stories of Presidents and Politicians before guiding the pupils to use their talents positively and seize the future. The event finished with the Former Prime Minister handing out the special prizes for individual excellence.

 

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