Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

Spritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

In all lessons Teachers specifically aim to ensure the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of students; this is monitored regularly through lesson observations. We run a series of Enrichment Days to ensure that there are opportunities to further develop SMSC by providing enriching activities that will extend students' learning beyond the classroom.

In addition to this we have a programme of 'Thought for the Week' which is developed from the Assembly Theme each week during registration times. Assembly Themes and 'Thought for the Week' for the current school term are detailed below. 

'Thought for the Week'

The aim of 'Thought for the Week' is to encourage students to reflect on their values, beliefs and attitudes. By giving students time to consider the assembly theme throughout the week we hope our students will develop their emotional literacy and be capable of talking about their thoughts and feelings.


Assembly Themes Summer Term 2019

Below please find Assembly Themes and Thoughts for the Week for the Summer Term 2019 

29 April 2019: Theme - Fairness and Opportunity 

Thought for the Week

“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.”

Benjamin Harrison

6 May 2019: Bank Holiday

13 May 2019: Theme - Mental Health Awareness  

Thought for the Week

“I will never understand why every organ in your body gets support and sympathy when it is ill, except for your brain.”

20 May 2019: Theme - Farewell to Year 11's and Year 13's  

Thought for the Week

“The Past is good to learn from but not to live in.”

Karen Salmansohn

27 May 2019: Bank Holiday and Half Term Week

Due to Public Examinations in May and June there will be some weeks when no assembly takes place. 

17 June 2019: Theme - Volunteers' Week (1 to 7 June every year)

Thought for the Week

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” 

Oscar Wilde

24 June 2019: Theme - The Power of Communication/ Social Media

Thought for the Week 

“Social media is not a media. The key is to listen, engage, and build relationships.”

David Alston and 

“By not tweeting you’re tweeting. You’re sending a message.” 


1 July 2019: Theme - Independence and Excellence

Thought for the Week 

:“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” 

Theodore Isaac Rubin

8 July 2019: Theme - British Values: Respect and Responsibility

Thought for the Week 

“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.”  

Joan Didion 

15 July 2019: Theme - Reflection and Gratitude

Thought for the Week  

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

Charles Dickens