“Our vision is nothing less than realising the full potential of every single student at Murray Park.” “At Murray Park we will enrich the lives of our students through a focus on learning and a diverse curriculum delivered by inspirational staff. We aim to be an outstanding school, fulfilling the aspirations of the local community.”

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural: SMSC

The staff and governors of the school have identified a clear set of values that have been shared with students, are publically displayed and are referred to in pastoral sessions. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues are now explored in weekly ‘Thought for the Week’ discussions in tutor time. Topics for these discussions relate to our values, to whole school issues and concerns raised by students. Assemblies are planned in order to augment and develop these themes. PSHE lessons across the school form part of core provision and explore a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. Students have taken a lead role in identifying changes in practice around behaviour and bullying through class and community discussions.

Students are involved in determining themes and issues for the school through year group and school councils creating our Junior Leadership Team (JLT) all of which are democratically elected each year. They have ensured that the school is aware of key issues for students and have guided decisions on areas such as capital spending projects and the way in which the site is supervised.

The JLT has met with local community leaders in order to identify ways of developing local provision for young people. Students are increasingly taking a lead role in the local community. They have been involved in young people’s local leadership events, environmental projects and have taken the lead in a number of cultural projects through our partnerships with Mickleover community groups.

Students have raised over £2000 for various charities over the last year. The Junior Leadership Team has nominated these charities, reflecting priorities that affect the student population.

The school routinely maps SMSC experiences across the curriculum. There is strong practice in English and World Studies and topics are covered effectively also in Science and Art and Design as well as Practical Studies. The school organises a number of trips which are aimed at improving community involvement and social awareness such as trips to the theatre and other cultural events.

Students are given various opportunities to develop leadership skills. These include prefects, head boy/ girl, community captains, sports leaders, Junior Leaders, Peer Listening Mentors, buddy reading and through sports and music mentoring schemes. Students are involved in a variety of community events including environmental projects and participating in cultural, educational or musical events run by Mickleover and Mackworth Community associations.

The changes that we have made to our behaviour policy and anti-bullying policies are taking effect in the way that students respect each other and the school site. Students took a lead role in identifying changes in practice around behaviour and bullying through class and community discussions. Manners have improved, litter has declined sharply and student behaviour is increasingly tolerant and thoughtful. Local police and members of the community have complimented the school on the increasingly responsible behaviour of our young people in the community.