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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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Understanding and respect for different cultures 

What does it mean?

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities


A flavour of where it is applied at Highdown


All subjects


Various trips including France, China, Spain and the theatre. Participation in whole school music and drama productions. Participation in Sutton Trust and UNIQ summer schools, participation in Science outreach project


Masks Year 8 – different cultures and purposes


The curriculum is designed to allow students to investigate and explore different cultures through the medium of Drama.


Students study texts from the literary heritage and explore the significance of social and historical contexts in the production of texts. Visits from the Young Shakespeare Company that promote participation in performance opportunities throughout the session







Study of Islam, Christianity and Buddhism in GCSE includes looking at historical and social aspects such as Family, Religious Community and serving others in wider communities. Awareness of the role and influence of the media. Understanding of moral issues and different responses to these including exploring many other cultural views and practices from around the world.

A Level course in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics includes units on God’s nature and existence. Origins of life, origins of morals and the concept of evil. Moral theories and applied ethics on abortion, euthanasia, sexuality, environment, business, war and right to a child. This level of study enables all students on A Level to understand and appreciate many different spiritual and ethical perspectives. The aim being for them to develop a critical ability to evaluate these views and issues.


Life for different groups of people is looked at eg young people, women, peasants, townspeople


Music, art, technology etc all discussed throughout eg Industrial Revolution, Empire and propaganda. Democracy and Britain features at KS3 and 5


At A level the students study films and literature from the different countries. In Chinese the students study the history of China.


Students plan a community fund-raising event, researching charities and finding out why the charities exist.  They consider numerous factors eg in providing food:  they have provided vegetarian options or students have provided for people from different culture, eg kebabs.


Many scientific stories e.g. discovery of atom have stories which start with the Ancients.  Students are often asked to consider the world at the time, the economic and religious influences on Science.  Students consider what led to ‘big leaps forward’.