Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education (SMSC)
At St Albans Girls’ School, the promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is considered to be a whole school issue. People form their values and attitudes in childhood. These may change over time, but those values and attitudes formed in early life are likely to have a strong influence on the adult citizen. We have a duty to provide a positive influence whilst allowing students freedom of expression and the ability to reach decisions for themselves (conformity and challenge). The example set by adults in the school and the quality of relationships is of particular importance in promoting spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our values of ‘physical, emotional and cognitive development for all’ support the importance of the growth and development of all aspects of SMSC within the school community.
SMSC is taught throughout the school community as part of the formal (PSHCE, REP) and additional curriculum (Form Time, Assemblies, Drop down days).