SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development - a key component of our school's Christian Vision; 'to enable life in all its fullness'. 

Development in each of these integral areas can be understood as follows:

  • Spiritual: The opportunity to explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences.
  • Moral: The opportunity to learn what is right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views.
  • Social: The opportunity to use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict.
  • Cultural: The opportunity to explore and appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


SMSC is embedded in all aspects of our school life, from individual lessons to extra-curricular activities and worship. Within our Creative Curriculum Approach, we put SMSC at the heart of our curriculum by basing its pedagogy, the four cornerstones, on the aspects of SMSC. This ensures that we can plan for, deliver and evidence SMSC in all of our teaching and learning.

Click here to see how the Cornerstones Pedagogy puts
SMSC at the Heart of our Curriculum

Click here to view our SMSC Curriculum Objectives

Deep Thinking:

At the end of each of our topics, we spend time 'thinking deeply' in answer to questions set to us. Those questions help us are based around our "head, heart and hand".