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  • Burford School
    Cheltenham Road
    Burford
    Oxfordshire
    OX18 4PL
  • Head: Mrs Kathy Haig
  • T 01993 823303
  • F 01993 823101
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.burford.oxon.sch.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,384; sixth formers: 217
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: No day fees; Boarding £9,900 pa
  • Open days: September/November/February
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 2
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 10th May 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 2nd October 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 2nd February 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Offers wide range of subjects to wide ability intake but expects everyone to work hard and fulfil their potential – in line with head’s belief that if you have high expectations then ‘children will live up to what you expect of them.’ Burford hosts schools from Argentina and Australia every year for rugby, hockey, netball and cricket. School has its own equestrian team and runs an inter-house riding competition in the grounds every summer. School hopes to build its own concert hall and recently became music hub for the area, offering workshops by visiting specialists...

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What the school says...

Burford School was established by Charter in 1571 and has been maintained continuously since that time. Although traditional in its atmosphere, uniform and annual cycle of events, Burford is thoroughly contemporary in its outlook.

Today we provide outstanding education, both within and beyond the curriculum, for students aged 11-18. This means pursuing academic success at all levels, so that every student achieves his or her full potential.

Our boarders, who number around 100, come from both the UK and abroad, adding a breadth and international richness to our community. Housed in the original grammar school within the town, the boarding house has a warm, family friendly feel.

We feel that our students are the best ambassadors for our school and, therefore, welcome visits on any working day. Please contact our Admissions Officer for an appointment: [email protected]
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2008, Kathy Haig BA MEd (40s). Educated at Burford School herself, followed by Leeds University (food science and nutrition). Taught at schools in Hull, Keighley and Preston before moving to Ellesmere Port Catholic High School in Cheshire. Spent 12 years there, rising to be deputy head. Made a point of focusing on teaching and learning from the minute she arrived at Burford. When it comes to making decisions she always asks ‘does it improve the teaching and learning?’ If not, the school doesn’t do it. Her approach has paid dividends. GCSE and A level results have risen year on year over the last seven years and the school was congratulated by the schools minister for making the top 90 secondary schools – for sustained improvement – in England.

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

We have a strong learning support department with well qualified and totally committed staff. Considered a major strength of the school, the department was judged as outstanding in our last Ofsted report. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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