Developing social and emotional skills is a key target for our learners. The curriculum includes opportunities to learn about and reflect on their own and other people’s values and attitudes. Assemblies, themed activities and PSHE lessons encourage recognition of British values and how people work together to achieve their goals. All learners are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle choices and be aware of the dangers of risk taking behaviour. Displays around the school reflect the commitment to SMSC. We regularly invite staff members and guest speakers to discuss a range of topics including religion, how our society and Government works and the skills learners need for the future. We aim to create an environment that promotes equality of opportunity and tolerance. Visitors to the school often remark on how polite and well mannered our children and young people are both to them and each other. The school is well cared for and pleasant to visit.
We regularly host charity events, inviting parents and partner organisations and raising money for Children in Need, Macmillan Cancer and Zoe’s Place. We have formed strong links with a local care home and the older people often attend events at the school. Following a recent visit for afternoon tea, the residents asked our learners to visit them to return our hospitality.
Learners have the chance to participate in after school clubs, holiday activities, educational visits and sporting tournaments. Feedback on behaviour and team spirit at these events is very positive. Outdoor activities around the school site are encouraged, and students have identified a number of projects they would like to work on. These include environmental and conservation projects.