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Year 10

Welcome to Year 10

Year 10 is led by Mrs S Short.  She is supported by a strong team of form tutors.

Mrs E Thomas – 10ETH

Mr J Kenny and Mr L Marot – 10JKE

Mr P Count – 10PCO

Miss N Barrie – 10NBA

Mrs D Stevens and Mrs J Duffy – 10DST

Dr D Taylor – 10DTA

Mr S Waggott – 10SWA

Mrs K Griffiths and Miss A Walker – 10KGR

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 are 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 students 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 2022-23

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.


The school day begins at 8.30 am and finishes at 3.00 pm for all students. During a typical week, students are in school for 35.2 hours. Optional after-school activities finish at 4.30 pm. We are very aware of the impact of attendance on learning and achievement, and closely monitor the attendance and punctuality of all students throughout the school year. For more information, please refer to our Attendance Policy which can be found in our School Policies Section.

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

  • Monday 8 May 2023 – Friday 12 May 2023 – Work Experience 
  • Thursday 8 June 2023 – Year 10 Parents’ Evening

Tenner Challenge

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 years. 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, come up with an idea for a product or service they can sell, and experience what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.  As an added bonus there are lots of national prizes to be won too!

For more details, click here.

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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