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“Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their lives.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Enabling children to flourish and succeed


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) is crucial for individual pupils and for society as a whole. It is the heart of what education is all about: helping pupils to grow and develop as people and effective participants in modern Britain.


It is an expectation that all staff, in all subjects, can and should contribute to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development of pupils throughout the curriculum and through the use of appropriate teaching and learning strategies (e.g. discussion, reflection, pupil participation) and also through their own conduct.

The importance of relationships between school staff, parents and governors is vital. These relationships will be characterised by mutual respect, by positive attitudes, by the willingness to listen and be listened to, and by the valuing of all pupils.


Children are taught to reflect and consider their own connections through the following symbolism to trigger those connections with spirituality throughout their lives:


  • Mirrors: Children learn about themselves
  • Windows: Children learn about life.
  • Doors: Children step out into the world, living out their Christian values through their connection with others.
  • Candles: Children make connections with the things they cannot see.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is cross-curricular and promotes the aims and principles of the policies for Religious Education, Collective Worship, PSHE, Relationships and Sex Education, and Equal Opportunities.

These policies all underpin the Curriculum model, putting the child at the centre of all we do. Please read our SMSC and Spirituality policies for more information.