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Year 10

Welcome to Year 10


The Head of Year 10 is Mrs Short.  She is supported by a strong team of form tutors.

Mrs E Thomas – 10ETH
Mrs V Pearce-Higgins – 10VPE
Miss A Searle/Mrs S Rowney– 10ASE
Mr P Count – 10PCO
Mr A Claydon – 10ACL
Miss N Barrie/Mrs C Chatburn  – 10NBA
Ms P Santovety – 10PSA
Miss C Sandford – 10CSA
Mr S Waggott – 10SWA

The team can be emailed at any time to answer queries or questions regarding students.  Subject queries should be addressed to the subject teachers (see Curriculum for Heads of Department).  For any other queries please see the full list of staff emails.

Key Academic Focus

Key Stage 4 sees students working towards their GCSEs in both core subjects and also the optional subjects they chose in Year 9.

All subjects are expected to set homework at least once a week but there are no set days for homework to be issued.

Students are still encouraged to participate in school life through sport, music, drama or house events, however it is important to establish a good work-life balance to ensure targets for GCSE grades are met at the end of Year 11. Many students find a natural balance between these but, for others, greater support and guidance is required.

Support from home is key during these two GCSE years.  A quiet area to study makes a significant difference to the quality of work student are able to produce.  Parents are encouraged to gain an understanding of what is expected of the students through Parent Forums, Parents’ Evenings and the regular Reviews.

Glossary of Terms Years 10 Reviews 2019-20

GCSE Subject Revision Overview 2021-2022


Success at GCSE and Work Experience

In the autumn we hold a ‘ Success at GCSE Evening’ and Work Experience evening giving parents and students an insight into what will be expected of them in Years 10 and 11.



GCSEpod is a series of short podcasts covering virtually all subjects, topics and content that can be streamed or downloaded on to a student’s laptop or smartphone. They can also download an App so that it can then be played whenever they wish – on the bus, just before an exam, walking the dog, etc. Staff also use them in lessons. Have a look at

Burford students have used the software to great effect in recent years, making us one of the top fifteen schools in the country for downloads and having a significant link to success at GCSE. Students have said that they like the additionality it offers on top of their more traditional revision, and the fact that they can dip into it easily.

All Year 10 students are registered and have login details  If any students have lost or forgotten their login details they can be reissued by Mrs Scantlebury


Another major part of Year 10 is Work Experience, which takes place in June. Mrs Haines, the School Careers Lead, is responsible for helping students with placements and liaising with employers to ensure that this is a rich and rewarding experience for all parties involved.


Burford Plus – Extended Day Care


From Monday to Thursday we offer an extended day, until 8.00pm. This is to accommodate the needs of busy parents who may, due to work commitments etc, not always be on hand at the end of the normal school day.  It also proves beneficial to students who, working towards GCSEs, benefit from the more structured supervised homework, with staff on hand to assists with queries, that is offered by the Boarding Department.

Burford Plus offers students the opportunity to join the boarders and make use of the facilities within the Boarding Department. Tea and supervised homework are included together with the opportunity to take part in a range of evening activities organised by the boarding staff.



In line with government directives students are not permitted to take holidays during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances, is the Headteacher able to sanction time off and adherence to this is essential for students to achieve successful outcomes at GCSE.

Key Dates

  • Return to School: Friday 4 September 2020
  • Success at GCSE/Work Experience Evening – Tuesday 1 October 2020
  • WOLP Apprenticeship Convention – tbc
  • Review 1: November 2020
  • Charter Day:  Friday 20 November 2020 (Half day holiday)
  • Holiday: Friday 27 November 2020
  • Review 2: February 2021
  • WOLP Careers Fair: Wednesday 24 March 2021
  • Internal Exams: Monday 26 April – Friday 7 May 2021
  • NB: Bank Holiday – Monday 3 May 2021
  • Work Experience Week: Monday 24 – Friday 28 May 2021
  • Parents’ Evening: Thursday 10 June 2021
  • Lower School Prizegiving: Wednesday 23 June 2021
  • Review 3: May 2021




Each year our Year 10 students have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Tenner’ Challenge.

Tenner is Young Enterprise’s national challenge for students aged 11-19 year. The Tenner Challenge, helps young people develop key skills including creativity, positivity, resilience and problem solving, using real money to take calculated risks in business.

Students have one month to set up a business – coming up with an idea of a product or service they can sell and then experience what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.   And as an added bonus there are lots of national prizes to be won too!

Details can be found at:

Year charity

Each year students choose a charity to support throughout the year. Students raise money for their chosen charity, raising awareness of the charity’s aims and projects in assemblies and through presentations.






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