In order to empower our students to become tomorrow’s leaders, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSCD) is vital.
In addition to the spiritual ethos that runs through the school, we teach and encourage students to experience all areas of life from an Islamic perspective to enable them to become upstanding British Muslim citizens, responsible role models and future leaders.
This involves themed days and weeks, trips, guest speakers and visitors, school council, eco council, school responsibilities, linking with other schools, charitable work and other enrichment activities.
As part of our SMSCD, promoting fundamental British Values is equally important in raising tomorrow’s leaders. Our Islamic values are British values and we promote democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance through our faith, our curriculum and in everyday school life.
Democracy is best summarised as equality between people, where that principle is usually applied in a free and fair voting system where power is held by elected representatives.
We demonstrate this value through having an elected school council and head girl. We also allow pupils to have the opportunity to take part in votes and pupil voice questionnaires, ensuring that all students have their turn to have their say.
Rule of Law:
Rule of law is usually defined as a set of rules that people in that particular environment must obey.
We uphold this value by teaching the importance and purpose of following rules within school. We aim to ensure that students follow school rules at all times and receive sanctions for not doing so. Those that do are praised and rewarded for doing so.
Individual liberty is having the right to make your own choices – as long as you don’t infringe upon the rights of another.
Our students have the right to make their own choices throughout the school day – such as choosing extra-curricular clubs, friendship groups and having some autonomy in lessons.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance:
Mutual respect and tolerance is about treating follow students, staff members and others with compassion and understanding as per our behaviour policy.
Our curriculum reinforces messages of tolerance and respect for others and actively promotes diversity through learning about the celebrations and practises of different faiths and cultures. We also give students the opportunity to visit places of worship that are important to different to faiths.
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