Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) is promoted across the entire school curriculum and all aspects of school life. We aim to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to develop an understanding of right and wrong, an appreciation of the Arts in all their forms and practise the skills and attitudes required for them to participate fully in a democratic society.
The SPIRITUAL development of pupils is demonstrated by their:
- ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Spiritual development examples in school include Art Competitions – The Big Draw; Curriculum; Enrichment Week activities; Sports Day; Christian Assembly; Talent Show; Whole School Production - Footloose; Party in the Park; Visitors – Chernobyl survivors, Japanese pupils visiting our school; Exchange – MUNA, Spanish and Italian; Standstill Days – Year 9 Financial Awareness Conference, Themed Days – WW1 Commemoration 1945; STEM; University visits; D of E Bronze Award.
The MORAL development of pupils is demonstrated by their:
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
- understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
- interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
Moral development examples in school include School Standards; Open Evenings; Eco Group; Fair Trade; Amnesty International Group; Chelsea’s Choice; Standstill Days – British Red Cross and Financial Awareness Conference; Anti Bullying; Safer Internet Week; Democracy – School elections - Voting; Work Experience; Inclusion; Presentations in PSHEe – Organ Donation.
The SOCIAL development of pupils is demonstrated by their:
- use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Social development examples in school include Fundraising; Non Uniform Days; Exchanges; Enrichment Week; Sports Day; Seating Plans; Tutor Groups; Lunchtimes/breaktimes; All Trips and Visits; Standstill Days.
The CULTURAL development of pupils is demonstrated by their:
- understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
- understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
- knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
- willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
- interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they
- understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their
- tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Cultural development examples in school include Foreign Trips; Year 7 Town Trip; Exchanges; Language Day; Visitors – Japanese, Nagpur and German; University visits; Comenius; Enrichment week e.g. Capital Experience; The Day – use in tutor time.