Winterbourne Academy

British Values and SMSC

At Winterbourne Academy we fully recognise the significance of students receiving a multi-faceted education supported by a strong set of British values.

SMSC development is vitally important as it enables students to: 

  • Be well-informed about options and challenges facing them as they move through school and beyond
  • Reflect on beliefs and values and acquire an appreciation of, and respect for, our diverse British culture, and other cultures around the world in a way that promotes tolerance and harmony, and safeguards against the risk of developing extreme or radical views 
  • Develop useful ‘soft employability skills’ – self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence, team working, communication, problem-solving and adaptability
  • Distinguish right from wrong and understand and respect the law
  • Develop a broad general knowledge of public institutions and services
  • Act responsibly for their behaviour in school
  • Develop into responsible citizens who can show initiative and make a positive contribution to their local community and wider society

Through the development of SMSC at Winterbourne Academy we aim to: 

  • Promote fundamental British values (including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs) and challenge extremist views 
  • Ensure that everyone connected with the school is aware of our values and principles;
  • Provide each student with a range of opportunities to reflect upon and discuss their beliefs, feelings and responses to personal experiences and cultural, historic and current events or issues;
  • Enable students to develop an understanding of their individual and group identity;
  • Enable students to develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment and an appreciation of the many cultures that enrich British society;
  • Give each student many opportunities to explore social and moral issues, and develop a firm sense of social and moral responsibility.