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Year 10

Welcome to Year 10


Year 10 is led by two Heads of Year, Mrs L Graff & Miss J Ellis.  They are supported by a strong team of form tutors.

Miss Graff’s Tutor Groups
Mr J Kenny – 10JKE
Mrs L Cotham – 10LCO
Mr H Clayton – 10HCL
Mrs E Eastwood & Mrs G Mitchell (Thur/Fri) – 10EEA

Miss Ellis’s Tutor Groups
Mrs L Peralta & Mrs R Bassett (Wed/Thur) – 10LPE
Mr R Stringer – 10RST
Miss S Pell – 10SPE
Mr P Green – 10PGR

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 KS4 2021-22

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 

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: Monday 6 September 2021
  • Success at GCSE/Work Experience Evening: Thursday 14 October
  • WOLP Careers Convention: Wednesday 19 January 2022
  • Non-school Uniform Day Whole School Charity: Friday 22 October 2021
  • Review 1: November 2021
  • Charter Day:  Friday 19 November 2021
  • Holiday: Friday 26 November 2021
  • Review 2: February 2022
  • Non-school Uniform Day Year Group Charity: Friday 25 March 2022
  • WOLP Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair: Thursday 17 March 2022
  • Internal Assessments: Monday 2 – Friday 6 May & Monday 9 – Friday 13 May 2022
  • NB: Bank Holiday – Monday 2 May 2022
  • Work Experience Week: Monday 16 – Friday 20 May 2022
  • Parents’ Evening: Thursday 16 June 2022
  • Lower School Prizegiving: tbc
  • Non-school Uniform Day, Charity tbc: Friday 24 June 2022
  • Review 3: June 2022




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 fundraise for their chosen charity, raising awareness of the charity’s aims and projects in assemblies and through presentations.

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