Burford School

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For the school in Marlow Bottom, Buckinghamshire, see Marlow Bottom.
Burford School and Community College
Type Academy
Chair of Governors Mrs Susan Jagger
Location Burford
OX18 4PL
Coordinates: 51°48′13″N 1°38′30″W / 51.803585°N 1.641663°W / 51.803585; -1.641663
Local authority Oxfordshire
DfE number 931/4040
DfE URN 138289 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,420
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Falkland House [Yellow]
Heylin House [Blue]
Warwick House [Red]
Wysdom House [Green]
Website www.burford.oxon.sch.uk

Burford School is a mixed secondary school with academy status located in Burford, Oxfordshire, England. The school was founded in 1571.[1]


The school is located at the southern end of Burford. The school catchment area includes the towns of Witney and Carterton, and villages such as the Wychwoods. More than a thousand students study at Burford. In the Sixth Form students can study A-levels such as Law and Economics, and English. Burford has been granted Academy Status.

The Boarding Houses are situated at the end of Lawrence Lane – a no-through lane leading to the Church at the bottom of the High Street. The entrance is at the end of the lane – OX18 4RP. The boarding house, Lenthall House (/ˈlɛnθəl/ or /ˈlɛnθɔːl/) accepts international students, largely from the United kingdom.

School houses[edit]

  • Falkland House - Yellow: Named after the Earl of Falkland who lived in Great Tew. He was a benefactor of Burford School and gave his name to Falkland Hall located in the town.
  • Heylin House - Blue: Named after an early student and scholar of Burford School. He lived, for a time, in Minster Lovell and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
  • Warwick House - Red: Named after the Earl of Warwick who was a key benefactor of the school. He contributed money towards the building of alms houses and Warwick Hall located within the town.
  • Wysdom House - Green: Named after Simon Wysdom, a Burford merchant who is credited with being the key founder of Burford School in 1571.[2]

GCSE choices[edit]

In Year 9 students choose the subjects they will take for their GCSE Exams in Year 10 and 11. Science, Maths, English, Physical Education and Religious Education are all compulsory, as is a choice of one of many Technology subjects.

Uganda link[edit]

The school has a link with Bishop Dunstan School in Kalangala, Ssese Island Uganda.[3] Each two year cycle a group of 14 students visit Uganda and then 14 exchange students return. The fundraising has achieved the construction of a boarding house, library and computer suite in Uganda, as well as the training of a School Nurse.