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SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

Our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, are at the heart of our school's work. Our core values, developed by our school community, promote a school ethos which embraces everyone in our school family.

Our Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education, Relationship and Health Education and Religious Studies curriculum allows children to understand and build strong relationships, respect different cultures and beliefs and celebrate diversity. It is vital we create and build a strong community where everyone is valued. We are a team and therefore look after each other – whether that be within our school community or in a much wider context as a global citizen.

We want each and every one of our children to live happy, healthy and productive lives and have hopes and dreams for their future. We are committed to providing an ambitious curriculum which inspires and engages, sparking a passion towards learning. We want to create drive and determination in our children encouraging them to make a difference in our world whilst developing their spiritually and faith.


Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British Values.

Social: Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

Cultural:  Accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that children can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence;  it is one of the key ingredients a student will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work. (the term Cultural Capital is often used to describe this )



 to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital.

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

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