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We aim to ensure that students learn in a supportive, nurturing and safe environment at Burnley High School, without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone: it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will students be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at our school. We actively encourage all of our students to work together harmoniously under the banner of Mutual Respect- we embrace our similarities and celebrate our differences. We work together to give our best to our school, our work, ourselves and each other.

The School is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe establishment for all our students so they can learn in a positive and secure environment. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Burnley High School. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to inform any member of staff and be confident that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

If you, as parents, you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s Head of Year, via


As a school, we ensure our LGBTQ+ children and young people feel valued, respected and represented. As a school, we look forward to a world where LGBTQ+ children and young people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full. As an inclusive school, we believe we have a huge part to play in this making this world a reality. It matters to us and as a result, we are members of the Stonewall School & College Champions and are applying for an award to recognise the work we do to ensure our young people are free to be themselves.

Research shows that:

  • 45% of lesbian, gay, bi, and trans young people have experienced homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying
  • More than eight in ten primary teachers have never had any specific training in how to tackle homophobic bullying
  • One in three trans pupils are not able to be known by their preferred name at school
  • 64% of trans pupils are bullied at school for being trans

We are proud of the work we do as a school as we have a responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of children and young people at our school.  For our children and young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning or ace (LGBTQ+), feeling included is a crucial part of wellbeing. In our school, where equality is a whole-school value, our LGBTQ+ pupils flourish and feel more confident to ask for help from us as teachers and school leaders.

“I love BHS because it really does feel like a family. All staff and students know each other, are extremely supportive of one another and show amazing levels of respect throughout the school. There really isn’t another school like it!”

Miss Yates