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  • Burford School
    Cheltenham Road
    OX18 4PL
  • Head: Mr Matthew Albrighton
  • T 01993 823303
  • F 01993 823101
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 1,475; sixth formers: 250
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: No day fees; Boarding £11,250 pa
  • Open days: 12 February 2021 (Boarding only) September: Day & Boarding November: Sixth Form & Boarding - Individual tours welcome by appointment
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 10th May 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 1st 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.

  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

With over 40 acres of land and a long heritage, Burford is a formidable competitor in the local leagues. Cricket on the home square, in front of a picturesque thatched pavilion, is particularly strong, frequently earning the school a place in the Cricketer Top 100 schools. There are tutors for academic support, a school parliament for day-to-day issues and the school has formal arrangements with independent listeners, as well as a counsellor for mental-health support. ‘You’ll always get…

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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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School associations

State boarding school


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2021, Mr Matthew Albrighton MA (Cantab) PGCE FRSA (40s). No stranger to the region, he was born in Northamptonshire and attended Warwick Grammar School before reading geography at Cambridge and training as a teacher. First post was at King Edward VI Birmingham, followed by a return to his alma mater before taking over as head of geography and IB co-ordinator at Wellington College, then deputy head at St Edward’s Oxford.

Describes this as 'a very special school - we sit in a niche space, 450 years old this year, so it’s got that real heritage, that cultural heritage’. As for moving from the independent sector, ‘there are some nuances round resources, but in the end it’s still young people - there will be times when they get it right and...

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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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

Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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