Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural

At Penketh High School the delivery of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural aspects of education are key to the holistic approach we take to pupil’s development.  These factors along with pupils demonstrating an understanding of British Values are central to the development of departmental schemes of work and the opportunities we provide to pupils in and beyond the classroom.



Pupils’ spiritual development affords them opportunities to explore their beliefs, experiences, feelings and values.  It allows pupils to show respect for different faiths and develop an understanding of themselves and the surrounding world.  Spiritual development requires pupils to use imagination, creativity and have the ability to reflect.  The spiritual aspects of a pupil’s holistic education will help to inform and shape their perspective on life.

Explore Beliefs, experiences, feelings and values Learning for Life, Science, Registration
Respect for different faiths and an understanding of the world Science, Learning for Life, English, MFL, History, Geography
Spiritual development requiring pupils to be creative and use their imagination showing an ability to reflect Learning for Life, Science



Pupils need to be able to recognise the differences between right and wrong and apply this understanding to their own lives.  Pupils should also show an understanding of consequences of behaviour and actions.  Opportunities to investigate moral and ethical issues should be provided allowing pupils to offer reasoned views and appreciate the views of others.

Differences between right and wrong Behaviour Policy, Anti-bullying policy, LFL, Drama, Registration
Understand consequences of actions Behaviour Policy, LFL, Drama
Investigate moral and ethical issues Science, Humanities, Learning for Life, Registration, English
Appreciate the views of others Group work in all subject areas, Learning for Life, Drama, English



The opportunity for pupils to socialise and work with pupils from different religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds is important in their development.  Pupils will need to show a willingness to contribute in a variety of situations, social settings and communities.  Pupils can participate in these areas by volunteering.  Pupils will need to develop an understanding and appreciation of the rule of law, fundamental British values, liberty and respect in order to be able to contribute positively to modern British life.

Socialise and work with pupils from different, religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds All subject areas.  Work with peers, teachers, parents and other aspects of the community.
Contribute in a variety of situations, settings and communities Music, Drama, Learning for Life, Whole School initiatives e.g. Remembrance Sunday
Develop an understanding and appreciation of the rule of law, fundamental British values, liberty and respect. Learning for Life, History, English, Media, Registration period, Whole School initiatives.



Pupils will be exposed to a variety of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.  Pupils will develop an appreciation of a range of different cultures in school and from further afield and the influences on these cultures in order to prepare for modern life.  It is imperative that learners have a good understanding of Britain’s parliamentary system.

Exposed to a variety of cultural influences Music, Learning for Life, Drama, Film (KS4 &5), Modern Languages, Geography, International school links
Develop an appreciation of different cultures Learning for Life, Languages, International school links
Understanding of Britain’s parliamentary system Learning for Life


Documents and systems that contribute to the development and delivery of SMSC;

  • Departmental Schemes of Work
  • The Penketh Charter
  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Homework Policy
  • Student Planner
  • Rewards and Sanctions
  • Extra-Curricular Opportunities
  • Pupil Leadership Team
  • Student Voice