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SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL & CULTURAL (SMSC)

At Willington, we recognise that the personal development of the boys, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve.  We therefore aim to provide an education that provides the boys with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. This is a whole School issue.

We believe it is fundamental that the boys acquire knowledge, skills and confidence that can be applied to all future learning experiences. We place high priority on their emotional, social, spiritual and physical development. We strive to nurture the boys into being responsible members of the community.  We aim to create a successful learning culture, which will enable the boys to become informed, confident, enthusiastic and independent learners.

All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to the boy's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this are planned in each area of the curriculum.

All the boys are encouraged to achieve their full potential and celebrate their achievement. We believe that our School should be a happy, caring and secure environment, where all individuals are valued without any form of discrimination, supported through partnerships with parents, carers and the wider community.

It is our intention to achieve this through:

  • Clear and purposeful leadership where leaders are focused on learning for all.
  • A shared philosophy where staff assume joint responsibility for all pupils learning and have high expectations and commitment.
  • The active involvement in, and appreciation of professional learning and development through team planning/teaching working together and via learning communities that strive to continually improve practice.
  • Effective communications between members of the school community.
  • An open and inviting learning environment that demonstrates respect for all.
  • Effective systems of reviewing, monitoring and evaluating teaching and learning and other general school practices.
  • A culture where data is analysed and research is used to inform teaching and improve learning.
  • A clear and understood Equal Opportunities Policy.