SMSC - Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

At Stowmarket High School we believe that it is important that our curriculum promotes and develops our student’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) values through all aspects of their school life: tutor time; assemblies; lessons; our inspirational futures programme; extra-curricular activities and through Take Your Place Culture Days. 

It is important that we prepare students for life in modern Britain by giving them the foundations to become: responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society; developing their understanding of fundamental British values and allowing them to gain an appreciation of diversity.  As a school we aim to celebrate what we have in common and promote respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law.

We Define SMSC as:

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.

Social

Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Cultural

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

 

We Promote SMSC by:

The Curriculum

SMSC is embedded into our curriculum, please see the SMSC audit.

PSHE

At Key Stage 3 students have two PSHE lessons a fortnight and at Key Stage 4 students have one PSHE lesson a fortnight.

Assemblies

Every Year group has at least one assembly a week, these assemblies promote SMSC and British Values and are led by staff and external visitors.

Tutor Periods

Each Year group has a weekly programme of activities

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Stowmarket High School offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities which have been mapped in the SMSC audit.   Students have the opportunity to attend different clubs at lunchtime and after school.  The school also offer an extensive range of trips and visits.  Our extra-curricular opportunities have been mapped in our SMSC audit.

Inspirational Futures

Stowmarket High School offers a wide range of activities within the Inspirational Futures Programme, more information can be found on the following page.https://www.stowhigh.com/curriculum/inspirational-futures-programme/

Take Your Place Culture Days

Once a year, each year group have the opportunity to sample activities linked to another culture.  This year, Year 7 & 12 will be focussing on China, Year 8 & 9 India and Year 10 Japan.  This is an opportunity for students to gain an appreciation and respect for another culture.