What is S.M.S.C.?

SMSC, or Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural Education, includes developing students':

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspectives on life
  • knowledge of, 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
  • and willingness to reflect on their experiences.


SMSC permeates all aspects of the formal curriculum, subjects taught, guidance, personal development; and the wider curriculum, careers, assemblies, visits, clubs, extra-curricular activities, and thought for the day.

Read our Curriculum Map for SMSC PSHE & Careers, here.


It is our intention to provide opportunities for Spiritual Development. Students are encouraged to:

  • explore beliefs and experience
  • respect faiths, feelings and values
  • enjoy learning about themselves, others and the surrounding world
  • use their imagination and creativity
  • reflect on their own learning and development
To provide opportunities for Moral Development, so that students are able to:
  • recognise right and wrong
  • respect the role and purpose of the law
  • understand that actions have consequences
  • investigate moral and ethical issues regularly
  • appreciate the need to offer reasoned views, particularly on sensitive issues
To enable development, socially, with students encouraged to:
  • use a range of social skills, treating each other with consideration and respect
  • understand the kind of people that the school wants them to become
  • participate in the local community in a variety of ways
  • appreciate diverse viewpoints and develop resilience and confidence
  • participate, volunteer and cooperate with a wide variety of members of society
  • confidently put forward their views and resolve conflict
  • see the value of commitment
  • engage with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance
  • understand what equality is and recognise the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation
  • to ensure they understand what culture is, and:
  • appreciate the role and variety of cultural influences that exist
  • know about the role of Britain's parliamentary system
  • participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity


It is also our intention that students will:

  • understand how to manage their studies, review their performance and make the most of their abilities
  • know how to keep their mind and body healthy and safe and deal with challenges
  • understand what good financial management is
  • know how to keep themselves safe on-line and what to do if they have any concerns about any on-line activities
  • know what bullying is and how to get help if they feel they are being bullied
  • understand what radicalisation and abuse are, where to seek help and how and where to raise a concern about their peers


Implementation of these aspects of the curriculum can be found in:

  • Key stage, year group and house assemblies
  • Thought for the Day
  • Awards Ceremonies
  • Guidance activities, talks, and Theatre in Education events
  • Off-timetable activities and days - for example Year 8 team building, take your daughters to work days, the real game, financial capability, post-18 choices day and World Book Day
  • Curriculum learning in subjects, especially, but not exclusively, in Art, Drama, English, RS, Sociology, Business, Geography, Languages, History, Science and Economics
  • 1:1 reviews with tutors and subject staff
  • Extra-curricular activities such as present wrapping at the hospital, harvest festival collections, charity fundraising, NCS, work experience, voluntary work, Inspire+ and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • School visits - German and French Exchanges. The Battlefields trip, Gurdwara visit and theatre trips.
  • Careers interviews with our independent advisor
  • Careers Week Activities
  • Student mentoring and student-run clubs and societies
  • Contact with ex-students, talks advertised via the weekly careers bulletin & and presentation evenings
  • Participation in house activities
  • In the sixth form, completion of their Independent Development Programme Record