Encouraging the development of attitudes and values that will enable students to become responsible and caring members of society.

At Strive we recognise that the personal development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a fundamental role in their ability to learn and achieve. We aim to provide opportunities and an environment in which students can explore and develop their own values and beliefs as well as foster high standards of personal behaviour and a caring attitude. As such, SMSC is not just a curriculum focus, but infiltrates into the ethos of the school through the development of positive attitudes and values.


• Strive is committed to offering students the opportunities to
• Identify, reflect on and explore experiences
• Understand the differences between right and wrong
• Discuss and take an interest in moral issues
• Celebrate a diversity of cultures within the school and beyond
• Develop and talk about their own attitudes and values
• Take responsibility for and make well-informed decisions
• Develop an understanding of social responsibilities and citizenship

What is SMSC?

Spiritual – the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose.

Moral – the building of a framework of moral values; the development of students’ understanding of society’s shared and agreed values and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.

Social – the development of skills and personal qualities necessary for living and working together; being able to function in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society and the development of the inter-personal skills necessary for successful relationships.

Cultural – the understanding of a student’s own culture and other cultures in their town, region, their own country, Europe and the rest of the world.

SMSC development is crucial for individual pupils, and it is crucial for society. We believe it is the heart of what education is all about – helping pupils grow and develop as people and this is at the heart of Strive.

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