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 and social 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. SMSC lessons at KS4 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 community 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 £5000 for various charities over the last year. The Junior Leadership Team has nominated these charities, reflecting priorities that affect the student population. For example students recently raised £700 for epilepsy awareness after two students had been diagnosed with epilepsy.
The school routinely maps SMSC experiences across the curriculum. There is strong practice in English and Humanities and topics are covered effectively also in Science and Technology. The school organises a number of trips which are aimed at improving community involvement and social awareness such as the Auschwitz trip and 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, peer mentoring, buddy reading and through sports and music mentoring schemes. Students are involved in a variety of community events including environmental projects, running nearby allotments 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.