Burnside High School is a centre for academic excellence — reflected in its strong expectations of students and staff, emphasis on high quality teaching practices and in the outstanding achievements of many of the students.  The large school roll of around 2,600 students enables it to provide an extensive, diverse and specialised curriculum.


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ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages

The ESOL Department provides English language support for over 250 students at Burnside High. After pre-entry English language testing, new students are placed in any one of a number of programmes which provides maximum language support at foundation level, to National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) classes. The classes at senior ESOL level cater for students who intend to follow an academic pathway and continue on to tertiary education. The teachers in the Department have trained and specialise in the teaching of ESOL.

English at Burnside High School involves both literature and language studies. Students are encouraged to appreciate and enjoy texts in all their forms: novels, poetry, plays and film. Developing reading, writing and communication skills is fundamental to each course of study. There are a range of courses available to enable every student to reach his or her potential in English, and, in doing so, prepare them to make a positive contribution to our global society.