SMSC is at the heart of every learner’s development at GSHS. It involves developing the whole person, ensuring learners are happy, secure, confident and valued so they can achieve their full academic potential. SMSC involves a learner’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Spiritual development in school allows learners to explore beliefs and experiences. It allows learners to respect values and to discover themselves and their surrounding world. It develops their imagination and creativity.
Moral development in school allows learners to recognise right from wrong and to understand the consequences of actions. It allows learners to investigate moral and ethical issues giving them the opportunity to offer reasoned views.
Social development in school allows learners to use social skills in different contexts. It encourages learners to work well with others and develops their ability to resolve conflicts. It allows them to understand how communities work.
Cultural development in school allows learners to appreciate cultural differences. It allows learners to participate in culture opportunities and to accept, respect and celebrate cultural diversity.
All learners are given the opportunity to develop their SMSC skills at GSHS both in and out of the classroom. The strength of SMSC at GSHS is clearly evident in the school’s climate and ethos, with charity work, collaboration and respect at the heart of all we do.
1) The Curriculum
All subject areas can and do contribute to the development of SMSC in lessons. Certain subjects, such as RS and PSHE by their subject matter make a particular contribution to SMSC development.
Assemblies where learners celebrate the success of others make an important contribution to the SMSC values GSHS wants to promote and develop.
3) Tutor system
Each learner has a form tutor who is responsible for their academic, social and personal welfare. Tutor periods are delivered weekly.
4) Extra-curricular activities
A wide range of activities outside of the classroom take place at GSHS that encourage the SMSC development of learners. Activities outside of the classroom such as school concerts and theatre trips, plus school trips to Rome, Paris, New York and the Battlefields deepen opportunities for learners to develop their SMSC skills. Author visits, drama and art clubs, and themed weeks such as enterprise week further enhance SMSC development.
5) Learner leadership
Head boy and girl, house captains, school council, form reps, eco reps, sports reps and peer mentors allow opportunities for learners to demonstrate leadership and responsibility.
6) Deeper learning days
Deeper learning days, such as Holocaust Day, where learners engage in a range of cross curricular activities and gain the opportunity to listen to a Holocaust survivor further develop SMSC development. This is enhanced by further deeper learning days such as Shakespeare Day.
7) Special services
During the year staff and learners mark important occasions such as Armistice Day and the school’s own Memorial Day for past students lost.
8) Strong reward system
GSHS has a strong reward system. The house system with house points and the reward shop, coupled with each department’s own individual system of rewards reinforces learners’ moral and social development and promotes positive behaviour.
9) School partnerships
GSHS’s partnerships with South Africa and China encourage an awareness of other cultures.
10) School ethos and rules
The school has policy documents on codes of behaviour that are based on respect for each other. GSHS places a special emphasis on charity work with many examples such as the Operation Christmas Child, the can appeal and refugee form sponsorship.