At the heart of Burnley High School there is an ethos which underpins all that we do. Our ethos is founded on the principles of Family, Ambition, Mutual Respect, Inspiration, Love of Learning and You.


We care and nurture everyone who joins our school. The creation of a culture of inclusion, acceptance, reconciliation, hope and freedom for each of our learners and their community. We share all the support and encouragement needed to achieve our goals together.


We aim high and challenge ourselves to reach the most ambitious targets. We work hard to maintain the highest standards, and strive to exceed every expectation. We recognise and invest in the value and potential of each student through personalised teaching and nurturing support, enabling students to enjoy and apply their learning to real life.

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.


We create a positive environment in which to explore and celebrate our talents. We lead by example and set the standard for how to work, behave and achieve.

Love of Learning

We encourage questions, demand curiosity, and provide an engaging, supportive, innovative education that develops a life-long desire to improve and learn more every day. This curriculum is delivered through quality first teaching with differentiated support for every learner.


Everything we do is designed to help YOU. Take responsibility for your growth, your wellbeing and your environment, and together we will help you to become the very best you can be. We provide a supportive, collaborative community, which benefits and positively engages students, parents/carers and family members in the life and community of the school.

Our school is an inclusive learning community where each individual is respected and valued.  Our ethos unites our whole school family and collectively we recognise the role we all play and the strengths each person brings.

At Burnley High School, we believe that all students have the right to access and enjoy every aspect of school life, regardless of any special educational need or disability (SEND).

Our SEN policy and information report aims to:

  • Share our vision, values and broader aims of the school’s arrangements for students with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • Set out how Burnley High School will support and make provision for students with special educational needs and disability (SEND)

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“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