Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
SMSC is an integral part of a child's education in the 21st century - academic knowledge alone is not enough. The King's prides itself on supporting the 'whole child' and, as such, SMSC has long been embedded into a child's experience at our school. Staff at The King's are incredibly mindful that parents and carers entrust their child's academic and spiritual, moral, social and cultural education to us. The policy for the school's contribution to SMSC can be found in the policies section of the website. Preparation for life in modern Britain is at the forefront of our mind.
There are an abundance of trips and opportunities to enhance and enrich our students' lives and experiences. Three are annual visits to France where we explore the importance of harmony between nations and the place of a democracy. There are visits to London to the theatre and to parliament. Our students also visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, the Albert Docks, local towns and villages, the Imperial War Museum North and many other places. Many visitors to the school enhance the curriculum and add to the richness of the offer to our students. Recenty, students have enjoyed visits from a Holocaust survivor, the local vicar, the Chelsea's Choice, the NHS, the local Police, members of the Local Support Team and many others. These are just a selection of the visitors who contribute to our SMSC programme.
Our tutor worship reflections and the whole school collective worship programme all contribute enormously to our SMSC programme. Several staff lead the collective worship in school and a increasing number of students are participating in the leading of this important time in the day.
Furthermore, the extra curricular opportunities at The King's are plentiful. There is a vast array of sport teams and performing arts groups which allow students to prepare for team, ensemble and individual performances on the sporting and the theatrical stage.
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools.
At The King's we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts. Our classroom lessons, collective worship sessions and collapsed curriculum days deepen and develop understanding developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.
The school makes considerable efforts to ensure students have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres, as well as visits abroad. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.
At The King's, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the students. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.
We expect all our students to be good role models for each other, which is encouraged through high expectations of behaviour.