School House System
The school prides itself on its very active House System whereby all staff and students are assigned to one of four houses. The houses have very strong historical links with the school. They comprise of:
- Falkland House [Yellow]: Named after the Earl of Falkland who lived in Great Tew. He was a benefactor of Burford School and gave his name to Falkland Hall located in the town.
- Heylin House [Blue]: Named after an early student and scholar of Burford School. He lived, for a time, in Minster Lovell and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
- Warwick House [Red]: Named after the Earl of Warwick who was a key benefactor of the school. He contributed money towards the building of alms houses and Warwick Hall located within the town.
- Wysdom House [Green]: Named after Simon Wysdom, a Burford merchant who is credited with being the key founder of Burford School in 1571.
At Burford we celebrate the successes of all our students who strive to achieve their best in all aspects of their life in school. The House System gives our students this opportunity to be rewarded for efforts and achievement in all areas. Students regularly earn house points for excellent work but the primary aim is to encourage all students to get involved in the many inter-house competitions within subjects and extra-curricular activities.
Each house has both senior and junior house captains and vice captains who have been voted for by their fellow students. Students are involved in running the termly house meetings thus promoting student leadership and responsibility.
Competition between the Houses is fierce and always very close and exciting.