Aims, Vision, Ethos and Values

Burnham Grammar School has vigorously pursued excellence since its establishment in 1960.

Exceptional relationships and teamwork between staff and students provide the support and reassurance for our students to be happy, strive to develop as individuals and to challenge themselves to give their very best each and every day.

We are a diverse and supportive community where the focus is on the progress of every individual student regardless of their starting point.

The exceptional quality of our staff and our record of developing their practice is evidenced by our Investors in People Gold and Champion status and the outstanding learning experiences provided day in, day out.

Our website showcases life at Burnham Grammar School and our exciting £20 million new school will transform the site and facilities over the next two years. Read more about the school redevelopment by clicking here.

Dr Andy Gillespie, Headteacher


Responsible Learning at Burnham Grammar School

Burnham Grammar School, its staff and students, recognise the key importance of developing both students’ capacities to learn and their study skills to enable them to take advantage of the learning opportunities they experience and to act on the personalised assessment and feedback that they receive. 

The school aims to develop Responsible Learners and therefore all lessons at Burnham Grammar School should aim to encourage students to be Responsible Learners. The emphasis in lessons being on developing students’ learning processes, habits and skills. This is a key aspect of learning and teaching to enable students to fulfil and surpass their potential.

Through developing our students’ ability to be effective Responsible Learners, we are equipping them with the skills, attitude and confidence to embrace challenge across the curriculum, and to progress from their mistakes through reflection upon their personal learning process.

Key learning characteristics of Responsible Learners are outlined below and at Burnham Grammar we aim to develop these important learning habits in all of our students.

  • Make and learn from mistakes as part of successful learning
  • Trial a range of creative solutions to problems
  • Be inquisitive and ask outstanding questions
  • Engage with, and respond to, feedback and advice in order to improve continually.
  • Target effort at key areas for improvement to maximise progress
  • Embrace the BGS Learning Habits
  • Understand that small improvements are always possible and add up to big changes 
  • Get involved and take pride in their successes
  • Act and behave in ways that benefit everyone's learning, including their own
  • Have the courage to embrace challenge and risk failure

Our Student Responsible Learning Diagram can be seen below & Parent Information can be viewed in the Page Downloads at the bottom of the page. 

Mr Bainbridge, Assistant Headteacher 

Mrs Bola, Associate Assistant Headteacher

Final responsible learners targets poster

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