Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils is actively promoted within and beyond the curriculum. Children learn to respect others with different beliefs, faiths or cultural background and have opportunities to share and develop ideas about their own belief system and values through assemblies, and through the curriculum, particularly through Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, as well as through our 'Language of the month'. “Who do you think you are?” days have shown the variety of heritage amongst the school community and the School prides itself on its inclusive ethos. Children are encouraged to approach their learning with a sense of curiosity, imagination and responsibility, reflecting on their experiences and showing interest in the world around them.
Assemblies are daily times of meeting together and an opportunity for children to reflect on spiritual, moral, social or cultural issues presented through stories, music, poetry, drama etc. This collective worship, when pupils of all faiths and none come together to reflect, is planned with careful consideration to the multi-cultural nature of the School. The majority of assemblies are held in phases (Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2), although some assemblies are held in class. Whole school assemblies are held approximately once a month with a focus on the School's values. These assemblies celebrate the contribution individuals have made to the School and wider community.
The PSHE curriculum ensures pupils develop their understanding of morality and the social skills to engage in learning; the code of conduct based on values is well understood, with children aware of consequences and able to co-operate and collaborate with one another.
Opportunities for pupils to take responsibility and contribute to the wider community are provided initially in class and later, as pupils grow older, through the School Council, buddy system and roles such as house captains and environmental officers. Children also develop awareness of society outside school through visits and visitors that broaden their experience and understanding of the curriculum and the community. Shared activities with local senior citizens, sports clubs and an adult choir also contribute to this.
The School embraces its diverse culture, and the opportunities available to a London school to participate in cultural opportunities, through visits to museums, parks and farms, workshops led by artists or theatre groups and wide ranging sporting and musical opportunities including borough competitions and concerts held locally and in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall.