• Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs


An understanding of democracy and the British political system is developed at Burnley High School in the first half term through our curriculum.  Students learn:

  • What democracy is
  • How the political system has developed in the UK
  • The roles of citizens, Parliament and the Monarch
  • The operation of Parliament including voting and elections and the role of political parties

Throughout this programme, students create manifestos, campaign for votes, stand for election, ultimately to become part of the school Parliament.  Once the school Parliament is elected they meet regularly to discuss important school issues.

Democracy is regularly revisited throughout KS3 through our Personal Development programme

The Rule of Law

Through the Democracy, Political Song and A Fragment of History lessons students develop an understanding of:

  • The rule of Law
  • Justice system, including the role of the police
  • The operation of courts and tribunals is explored in depth.

Students use their knowledge to create a school agreement about conduct. Students explore the history of Law and how it has changed over time. The Personal Development Programme explores positive role models and being a good citizen and the effects that poor conduct can have.

Individual Liberty

All students and staff at Burnley High School work hard to establish an ethos where everyone has opportunities to express themselves freely and develop their own interest and opinions.

Each half term students select a club that they would like to take part in.  Many of the clubs are set up following suggestions and requests from students.  Examples of clubs include Eco, games, homework, crafts, sports, computer science and survival.

In RE students learn about different beliefs, lifestyles and cultures and are encouraged to explore for themselves their own beliefs and listen to other peoples view and human rights.

Through our Political Song, A Fragment of History and Never Forget lessons, students explore various key historical events including the Magna Carta, Women’s Suffrage and Human Rights and link them to how decisions are made in society today and situations where individual liberties have been restricted or removed.

Mutual Respect

Mutual respect is developed through Burnley High School’s strong ethos of family, which permeates everything we do.  Weekly assemblies link to this theme in order to create a school ethos based on mutual respect.

Burnley High School’s Personal Development programme is specifically designed to explore what mutual respect is and how to tolerate others beliefs and opinions.

Through our curriculum students explore mutual respect by investigating war, conflict, resolution, human rights and the views, beliefs and opinions of others including political viewpoints.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Students learn about different cultures, beliefs and faiths through our curriculum. SMSC is built into every curriculum and explored in further depth through the Personal Development Curriculum.

In RE students compare and contrast different values and beliefs and look at the impact of different situations where people did not show tolerance towards each other’s beliefs.

In order to create individuals who will be able to participate effectively in life and in modern Britain, all students have to complete 9 hours of service to their community and raise at least £15 for a specified charity each year.  Students develop an understanding about the importance of putting something back into the community.

“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