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Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Information 

"Outstanding schools will implement ‘thoughtful and wide ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development which enables them to thrive in a supportive, highly cohesive learning community.’" (Ofsted) 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is the term used to describe the development of the ‘whole student’. At Emerson Park Academy we recognise that although exam results are at the heart of any good school it is equally important to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to create a positive learning community where students’ are highly engaged, tolerant, reflective, creative and self-confident.

Emerson Park Academy aims to provide outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  All curriculum subjects provide opportunities to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that they are fully prepared for the next stage of education, training or employment. We also aim to support students in other areas area of school life, including careers education, enrichment activities and out of school activities.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education will be developed in the following ways:

Spiritual Development

Students' spiritual development will be shown by their beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life. Students will become reflective, lifelong learners. They will develop a sense of self and show creativity and imagination. Students will show a fascination in their studies and explore what inspires them. They will be interested in and show respect for those around them and the wider world. Students will develop fundamental British values that relate to democracy, the rule of law, tolerance, respect and individual liberty.

Moral Development

Students will distinguish between right and wrong. They will understand the consequences of their own and others’ actions and apply this knowledge to their own lives and other moral and ethical issues. They will learn how to forgive themselves and others. They will demonstrate a clear moral code and be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions.

Social Development

Students' social development will be shown through their ability to work with others in a variety of social contexts. They will be able to relate to others and be increasingly willing to participate. They should acquire knowledge and understanding of how communities work at different levels; local, national and international. Students will also develop a skill set that meets the needs of the modern workforce.

Cultural Development

Students will acquire an appreciation and understanding of their own heritage and of other cultures in the community and wider world. They will be interested in, show respect for and celebrate cultural diversity. Students will also participate and respond to wide ranging cultural activities including art, music, technology, sciences and mathematics. 

Modern British Values

At Emerson Park Academy we recognise the importance of developing students that flourish academically and are also prepared for their future in modern Britain. To ensure this we actively promote and develop British Values within our community. The government has defined modern British Values in the Prevent Strategy 2011 as democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.

Emerson Park Academy promotes these values through both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities. These examples show some of the many ways that Emerson Park Academy embeds and demonstrates British Values.


We aim that all students will understand the principles of democracy and that citizens can influence the decision making process. The principles are promoted and discussed as part of the History and Cultural Studies curriculum; considering the development of the democratic process in British history, the British constitution, mock elections and the 2015 election. Students also consider what happens to societies where dictators have ruled.

The rule of law

Students understand that laws, whether in the classroom or the country as a whole, protect individual citizens and promote safety and well-being. Students are taught to behave in a respectful manner, observing the academy’s rules. The curriculum allows students to explore current UK laws for example the freedom of the press, they consider controversial issues such as euthanasia and rights and responsibilities they have under UK law.

Individual Liberty

Our community encourages a strong belief in individual liberty and that the freedom to hold your own faiths and beliefs is protected by law. Students are encouraged to make independent choices, be creative and reflective. They explore events and periods of time where individual liberty has been removed in History, Cultural Studies, English and Drama.

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

Respect and tolerance are of paramount importance at Emerson Park Academy. Students are encouraged to respect and celebrate diversity. Students have opportunities though the curriculum to study different religions and belief systems. The school challenges stereotypical views and asks students to consider moral dilemmas and make reasoned choices. Other cultures are celebrated and explored through an extremely successful Global Link Committee, which has visited schools in Europe. International Languages Day is celebrated each year.