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SMSC and British Values 

We are developing the whole person at St Catherine’s College

At St Catherine’s College, we are helping our young people develop sound social skills, recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain, and make a positive contribution to community life. 

We value highly spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and we see it as important in fulfilling our school mission statement, ‘God’s children at the heart of everything we do’.  Our college’s Christian character supports the SMSC development of all of our students whether they are Christian, of other faiths, or of none.

SMSC is promoted across the school through our daily acts of collective worship, the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum and in academic subjects, and through extra-curricular activities.

In 2014, the Department of Education published guidance on promoting British values in schools to ensure young people leave college prepared for life in modern Britain.  These British Values of respect and understanding of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs, are actively promoted as part of our SMSC provision. 

Lily (Year 10) wrote after reflecting on her learning about Rights and Freedoms,

‘I enjoyed this topic because we heard different people’s opinions from different cultures and I learnt more about different religions and cultures I didn’t know of or understand before.  It gave me better knowledge of the world and other countries, and how people live outside of the UK.’

Lily (Year 10)

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