SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural)

We aim to ensure:

Spiritual Development

We are a secular school that puts high energy into developing students' spiritual self. Some people call spiritual development the development of ‘soul'; others the development of ‘personality’ or ‘character’. For us this is about the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose. Spiritual development is the development of the non-material element of the human being, which animates and sustains us. We aim to foster a sense of joy, of reflection, and self-worth through thoughts and actions.

Moral Development

We strive hard to build a framework of moral values for our young people that regulates their personal behaviour and enables them to be role models in school, in the community and in life. It is about the development of understanding of society’s shared and agreed values. It is also about developing an opinion about different views and a recognition of right and wrong. We give and expect respect and care for all in our community.

Social Development

Social development is about young people working effectively with each other and participating successfully in the community as a whole. It is about the development of the skills and personal qualities necessary for living and working together. It is about functioning effectively in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society. This includes understanding people as well as understanding society’s institutions, structures and characteristics. We also consider roles and responsibilities and life as a citizen, parent or worker in a community. It also involves the development of the interpersonal skills necessary for successful relationships.

Cultural Development

Cultural development is about our students understanding their own culture and other cultures in Bournemouth, and in Britain as a whole. It is about understanding cultures represented in Europe and elsewhere in the world. It is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and being able to operate in the emerging world of shared experiences provided by television, travel and the internet. It is about understanding that cultures are always changing and coping with change. Our students’ cultural development is intimately linked with us ensuring we value our cultural diversity and  our efforts to prevent racism, homophobia and disability discrimination.

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