‘To provide the educational and social platform for students to become proud members of Burford School whilst flourishing academically, thriving socially and growing emotionally within a holistic learning community’
- Provide the base to achieve outstanding academic results
- Make certain the transition between primary to secondary is smooth, stimulating and enjoyable
- Ensure an all embracing, friendly and comprehensive induction process is completed
- Provide continuous outstanding pastoral support
- Celebrate achievement with all students making progress in every aspect of the school
- Instil the Four Cornerstones of Year 7 – Honour, Ambition, Tolerance and Empathy
The Four Cornerstones of Year 7
The Four Cornerstones of Year 7 are the key values within the year that Burford School would like the students to embrace, build upon and become familiar with, to enable them to flourish, feel happy and help others achieve as well as themselves.
These Four Cornerstones are:
These Cornerstones will form the focus of assemblies, school weeks and form times for Year 7 students.
The Year 7 Team
Year 7 comprises the Head of Year, Mr C Cowley, Deputy Head of Year, Mrs G Simpson. They are supported by a strong team of form tutors.
Miss A Vella – 7AVE
Miss J Davis – 7JDA
Mr J Belmont – 7JBE
Miss H Ratliff – 7HRA
Mr A Beaney – 7ABE
Mrs A Cadwallader – 7ACA
Ms S Hudson – 7SHU
Mr T Spencer – 7TSP
The team can be emailed at any time to answer relevant queries or questions. Subject queries should be addressed to the subject teachers (see Curriculum for Heads of Department). A full list of staff emails is available for other queries.
Year 7 marks the transition from primary to secondary school and with it comes a whole series of new challenges, expectations and opportunities.
The Year 7 Tutor Team is a static team that specialises in supporting students through the transition process and helps them to become part of Burford School. Being a specialist team means we understand all the small worries and uncertainties that new students and their families can face, and are able to structure our programme to pre-empt these. If parents do have any question, no matter how small, the tutor team is only an email away and happy to help.
Students joining the school in Year 7 start their induction programme in Year 6. From the time that they are offered a place at the school, until the Easter of Year 7, they are guided by a team of teachers who get to know them well. They are also supported by Year 13 students, trained in mentoring, who act as ‘buddies’. In order to add to the family feel, where every child is known, students are placed into a School House, which promotes interaction between students of all ages, team-spirit and celebrates the contribution of every child in every way, from sport to art events, the Talent Show to the Inter-House Show Jumping.
During the year there is a school residential trip with the Bushcraft Company for all Year 7 students. The trip is based at The Chase in Northamptonshire. This is a short fun-filled visit designed to build confidence, encourage team-building and help students get to know each other across the year group.
Clubs & Activities
Students are encouraged to participate in school life through sport, music, drama or house events, taking part in clubs, societies and team activities. There is a strong ethos within the school to get involved and Burford is renowned for the rich variety of activities on offer.
Key Academic Focus
Year 7 forms the beginning of Key Stage 3 in which students are taught a wide range of subjects and make use of our excellent facilities. Classes are largely taught within form groups with the exception of Maths and French, which are set according to ability.
Following each review all students have learning discussions with their subject teachers and tutors about how to maintain progress and how to move learning forward. An explanation of how a Review works is available at:
Criteria for Achievement
From September 2017 the assessment and reporting system for students in Year 7 has been based on how much progress they make from a starting point. On the reports sent home to parents there is a target colour band for each subject rather than a grade. Your son or daughter will be judged to have made expected progress for the year if they remain within this target colour band. Each subject has a set of criteria for each target colour band so students know what they are aiming to achieve. The criteria also helps students set themselves a target after each review point.
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.
- Thursday 11 May 2023 – Parents’ Evening
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.