‘Your Only Limitation Is Your Ambition’
We believe that students should have the ability to succeed in education and the wider world regardless of their background or ability.
The 6 R’s
Our learning across all subjects is underpinned by The 6 R’s. These are the values, skills and qualities that will help our pupils to succeed as they move through the school. These values have been taught to our Primary school under the title Learning Superpowers. We continue to celebrate our pupil's development of these values, skills and qualities into the Senior School. In particular, we focus on how developing these qualities helps to aid independent learning for life and exam success.
We want our children to be:
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
All staff are responsible for teaching SMSC. Here are some examples of how teachers may incorporate SMSC into pupils lessons:
* How beliefs inform their perspective on life and interest in and respect for different people’s feelings and values;
* Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves and others;
* Use of imagination and creativity in their learning e.g. use of role play, presentations;
* Being prepared to reflect on their experiences e.g. self- assessment
* Able to recognise the difference between right and wrong;
* Understand the consequences of their actions;
* Interest in investigating and giving reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.
* Using a range of social skills in a variety of contexts including working with pupils from different backgrounds to their own e.g. organisation of groups, seating plans;
* Willing to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and resolving conflict successfully e.g. group work;
* Interest in and understanding of the way communities and societies work at a variety of levels e.g. learning about another culture, religious beliefs and the way they affect how people live.
* Understand the wide range of cultural issues that have shaped their heritage;
* Willing to participate in a variety of opportunities e.g. artistic, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural e.g. extra-curricular activities, joining in different activities in lessons;
* Interested in exploring, understanding and showing respect for cultural diversity. This is shown in attitudes to different groups in society at a variety of levels e.g. how they mix in social time.
As well as opportunities to develop SMSC in lessons, pupils also extensively experience the key British values of ‘democracy’, ‘individual liberty’, ‘mutual respect’, ‘tolerance of others faiths and beliefs’ and the ‘rule of law’ as part of our pastoral programme (assemblies, tutor programme and themes of the week).
As part of these sessions, pupils are given an opportunity to learn how these values shape our society and to discuss and reflect upon how they contribute to a positive community for all.
What Ofsted said
The school makes good provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.
Pupils have a good understanding of British values and the nature of life in modern Britain.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is integrated into the school’s curriculum. Assemblies, tutorial programmes, enrichment activities and learning opportunities in lessons provide effective and rich experiences for pupils, as do organised trips both in Britain and abroad, particularly for fieldwork on history and geography, theatre visits for English and drama, and European visits to several countries.
Pupils understand the nature and responsibilities of citizenship in modern Britain and they demonstrate high levels of respect for and tolerance of diversity, with the growing understanding of how different religions and cultures enrich pupils’ lives.