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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development’ (SMSC)

Our vision is to provide a personalised education in a safe environment promoting self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning, through which we will develop together as life-long learners and socially responsible citizens and to ‘promote fundamental British values.’ From this comes our school mantra ‘dedicated to learning as the foundation for life’.

We recognise that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural, (‘SMSC’) element of students’ education is crucial to their development as individuals, allowing them to take their rightful place in their community as local, national and global citizens. ‘SMSC’ is about the values students are encouraged to hold and their attitude towards learning, knowledge and society. Through ‘SMSC’ we seek to develop attitudes and values that will enable students to become responsible and active members of society.

We are committed to the ‘SMSC’ development of all students at Holte School. Our aim is to impact on our students’:


  • Spiritual development so that they are creative in the way they approach challenges and are critical and reflective of their outcomes; are inquisitive and enjoy their learning and are accepting of others and embrace the wide range of cultures within the local, national and global communities.


  • Moral development so that they can recognise the difference between right and wrong; are respectful of each other; are willing to debate and are able to discuss moral and ethical issues openly.


  • Social development so that they can develop highly effective social skills including collaboration and resilience; are happy to work and socialise with students from different religious, ethnic, and socio-economic background and take an active part in running the school.  Student  voice is central to the process of self-evaluation and school improvement.     


  • Cultural development so as they are excited to investigate their own and others’ heritage; participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities and understand, accept and respect diversity. 




Use the following links to learn more about how SMSC is effectively developed at Holte School:







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