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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)

At Highdown School we promote student’s development of SMSC understanding through our pastoral care system, our curriculum, our assemblies, our PSHCE days, and through our extra-curricular provision.

Our SMSC programme:

  • enables students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enables students to know the difference between right and wrong and to respect the law in England;
  • encourages students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to our local community and our wider community;
  • enables students to acquire a broad understanding and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of their own and others’ cultures;
  • encourages respect for others;
  • encourages respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.


Promotion of Fundamental British Values

At Highdown School students develop their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Our SMSC and PSHCE programmes, through daily mentor period, weekly assemblies, curriculum, e.g. Ethics, and PSHCE days help students develop:

  • an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process;
  • an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individuals and is essential for their well-being and safety;
  • an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, e.g. public bodies like the police and army are held to account by government, others such as courts of law are independent;
  • an understanding that the freedom to choose to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law;
  • an acceptance that other people have different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and
  • an understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.

All students at Highdown School have a voice that is listened to and are able to demonstrate how democracy works through our Student Leadership Group (School Council), whose members are voted for by students. Furthermore, all students from 11-16 years study Religious Education/Ethics in which students reflect on aspects of life in modern Britain, including developing an understanding and appreciation of a number of different faiths and beliefs.