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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is at the heart of the curriculum at Denbigh High School. The SMSC curriculum provides varying opportunities for all of our students to develop into well-rounded, pro-social citizens in school, their local community and beyond. The SMSC curriculum also prepares students for life in modern Britain, developing the values of mutual tolerance and respect, democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty. We believe that high quality SMSC is crucial in supporting our core aim: ‘high achievement for all is our shared responsibility’.


Through the SMSC curriculum we enable students to:

Spiritual – Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use their imagination and creativity; develop the ability to be reflective and cultivate a sense of wonder about the world.
Moral - Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences of actions and the impact they may have on others; investigate moral and ethical issues where there are differences of opinion; understand and respect the rule of law.
Social – Appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; work in teams effectively; engage with others whilst having a respect of individual liberty (within the bounds of the law) and a mutual tolerance and respect for others who may hold different views or beliefs.
Cultural - Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in activities that develop cultural capital; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.


We deliver the SMSC curriculum through:
A pastoral programme of weekly form time activities; routine assemblies; our house system and student voice; learning leader and digital leader programmes; school trips and visits; workshops and visits from outside speakers; a full extra-curricular programme of clubs and activities at lunchtime and after school; volunteering and charity work and through every subject curriculum area.