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Do you remember your days at secondary school?  In this article, Milton’s Lily Faulkner looks back over her years at Burford School, indicating some of the highlights and, no doubt, causing readers to compare her experiences with their own.

My time at Burford started right at the beginning in year 7, when I moved up to secondary school surrounded by many fellow Wychwood pupils. We kicked off the year with the classic year 7 trip to PGL Liddington where we were able to get to know everyone in our academic year while facing challenges such as the giant swing. I have since had many more fantastic opportunities such as the French trip to Calais in the summer of my first year where we had the chance to practice the language in various different places including a French market. I also took part in the maths challenge in years 8, 9, 10 and 11 which was definitely challenging!

I was part of many sporting activities throughout my time at Burford School including hockey, rounders, netball and cricket where in year 10 we had a successful season reaching the area finals, which were held in Southampton. This meant I was able to carry over my skills learnt at Shipton Cricket Club and use these in game scenarios. As well as sports inside school I had the opportunity to compete for the Burford equestrian team outside of school in the School Equestrian Games.

I was also able to achieve my Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) during my time at Burford, which involves a physical, skill and volunteer aspect, of which I chose to pursue my riding, learn to play the flute and help at Wychwood 1st Guides, respectively. I am now currently working towards my Gold DofE and hope to complete the expedition in August of this year.

Following my choices for GCSEs in year 10 I was given more opportunities to go on trips tailored to the subjects I chose. For example, we visited the Botanical Gardens in Oxford for art, which allowed us to take photos we would use for the following two years. This led me to use my own photos of the Wild Garden for my final piece in year 11 (see photo).

After GCSEs I chose to stay on at Burford Sixth Form and have been studying biology, maths and psychology at A Level. I hope to go to university next year to do Biological Sciences where I will be able to develop all the skills that I have learnt at Burford School even further.

June-July 2021