SMSC - Cultural

  • C1: Students understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others.
  • C2: Students show understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • C3:  Students are able to demonstrate knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  • C4: Students show willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • C5: Students show interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity.
  • C6: Students understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Students are encouraged to develop their cultural understanding through our SMSC assembly programme, PSHE and Guidance lessons and curriculum subjects. The diversity of cultures in Birmingham, the UK, and worldwide, and their influence upon us are particularly discussed in RS, Geography, History, Music and MfL. National and local elections are used as opportunities to discuss Britain’s parliamentary democracy, and for the 2015 general election students took part in a “Question Time” debate session in school with all of the local parliamentary candidates.  The recent EU referendum offered us the opportunity to explore the arguments for and against EU membership – this was followed by our own school election.

We run a number of extra-curricular activities that encourage participation in artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities. Alongside our many sports teams, we run a number of musical bands and choirs, a drama club as well as art clubs and science club. We have also been long renowned for our performances, which in our current academic year have included our Talent Show and drama performance of The Snow Queen, while in the 2014-15 academic year students of all abilities took part in up to five performances: 39 Steps; No Unwounded Soldiers (a performance to commemorate the first world war); Faustus; Alice in Wonderland (a Drama Club performance); and our Summer Beats concert.