Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

EdgeWalk2013002How do we promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in the curriculum?

Although Wilmslow High School is avowedly secular in its status and the management of its day-to-day operations, we believe that education should be values driven.

As stated in Headteacher’s introduction to this school website: “Our school community is based on the values and attitudes of mutual respect and that all people are of equal worth.”

These values form the guiding principle to the planning and implementation of our entire curriculum and in how we work together on a daily basis.

Religious, Moral and Ethical Education
The exploration of, and reflection upon, personal beliefs and those of others both in school and elsewhere in the world is perhaps most extensive in the Key Stage 3 Curriculum, where students experience the full breadth of the National Curriculum and RE Locally Agreed Syllabus. The Religious Studies course is inclusive and sets out to address issues such as ignorance and prejudice.

The 6 major world faiths are studied so that students understand the beliefs of others. A multi-faith approach is adopted and inspirational leaders are studied that cut across the barriers of geography, race, colour and creed.

In Years 10 and 11, Religious Education is included in the Wider Curriculum programme.

Additionally all areas of the curriculum contribute to encourage students to think about their our values and attitudes, for example, drama related to real life issues of abuse, discrimination and prejudice, Holocaust related studies in history, ethical and moral responsibility are tackled through world issues such as the environment in geography.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the Religious Education element of the curriculum, including assemblies and should contact the relevant Head of House in the first instance school to discuss the matter.

Social and Moral Development – personal well-being – Sex and Relationships Education
All students receive the following two strands of sex and relationships education:

  • National Curriculum science teaches the biology of human growth and reproduction, and provides education about HIV and AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases.
  • the Wider Curriculum builds on this to consider and discuss broader emotional, moral and social issues, develop appropriate values and understand the skills needed to build caring relationships.

Sex Education at Wilmslow High School aims to:

  • provide students with knowledge about the biological aspects of sexual intercourse reproduction and human growth (science)
  • provide students with facts in an objective and balanced manner
  • provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed, reasoned and responsible decisions.
  • help students understand the responsibilities of family life and parenthood
  • make students aware of the physical and emotional aspects of relationships within a clear moral framework
  • encourage students to consider moral values before making personal decisions and to show respect for themselves and others

A wide range of topics, some of which may be considered sensitive, are covered according to the age and maturity of the students. They include:

  • Personal Relationships
  • Family Life
  • Parenthood
  • Gender Differences
  • Contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases, including HIV and AIDS

The school’s sex education programme aims to complement and support the role of parents in helping young people achieve responsible adulthood. Parents having concerns about their child’s participation in these lessons should contact the school.

Social and moral development – personal well-being – Drugs Education
All students receive the following two strands of drugs education:

  • National Curriculum science explores how health and body functions can be affected by drugs (including alcohol, tobacco, volatile substances and medicines)
  • the Wider Curriculum builds on this to consider the personal well-being and citizenship dimension to drugs education

In response to specific individual needs, it may be necessary to provide some students with a more personalised drugs education programme. This is likely to involve a range of specialist external agencies.

Social, moral and cultural development

Citizenship Education and Community Engagement
Education at Wilmslow High School is a partnership between the school and its local and wider community.

The Wider Curriculum, Careers Fairs, Year 11 Interview Day and Work Experience illustrate the links forged with local organisations, businesses and community groups when an extensive range of activities takes place with students, teachers and external providers working in partnership. This approach provides young people with opportunities to work alongside adults to tackle real issues and situations and gain enjoyable experiences in new areas of learning.

Through the House structure students nominate different charities to be supported each year. Recent activities have included raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Seashell Trust, Sports Relief and Comic Relief to name just a few.

Students are encouraged to play an active role in the local community. Each year students host a ‘Coffee and Carols’ event for local elderly residents. Sixth Form students also participate in community service, helping, for example, in primary schools and care homes for the elderly. The school has a long tradition of links with local Arts groups and recently for example, the Art department organised a very successful Art trail around the town. The school has hosted and been involved in the Wilmslow Show since 2000 and this is a most enjoyable annual event bringing together many community groups from Wilmslow and beyond: 2011 marked the Centenary of this event.

Strong sporting links with sports clubs have helped students gain local, regional and national success in a full range of sports in recent years. BTEC students work extensively with the David Lewis Centre and with primary school children both at our partner primary schools and during many sports festivals as part of their course to develop depth and quality for further success in the future. The Sportsmark first achieved in 2003 and recognised again in 2006 and Sports Specialist Schools status achieved in July 2003 and re-designated in March 2008 are indicative of the school’s commitment to sport and the community. Indeed although specialism has been reintegrated under the coalition government Wilmslow High School remains fully committed to sport and the arts for the benefit of students.

The Headteacher and other staff as appropriate, attend the Wilmslow Business Group to ensure the school and town are working together for the community of the school and Wilmslow as a whole.

The school is constantly looking to new initiatives and ways to improve our links with the community. If you would like to work with or sponsor the school in enhancing facilities and opportunities for our students please contact the school.