The Observatory School has a strong commitment to the personal and social development of all pupils.  The school vision and values, put together by all the staff and pupils, supports spiritual, moral, social and cultural characteristics in all pupils.

What is SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development?

Here is a summary to explain SMSC – it is personalised for all our pupils in The Observatory School.

Spiritual development is when we:

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Examples of this in our school are:

  • Our eTwinning.Erasmus projects -  Our pupils get the opportunity to work with pupils from all over Europe some of whom have different religions to our pupils.
  • Cultural trips abroad - Our pupils have the opportunity to visit different countries. So far we have visited Spain, France and Iceland.
  • Pupils have a broad RE curriculum.
  • Pupils have assemblies about different cultures and celebrations. Often we have guest speakers to deliver these.


Moral development is when we:

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


Social development is when we:

Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.


Cultural development is when we:

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

In our school pupil’s SMSC development is seen for example in:

  • Taking part in a range of activities regarding social skills
  • Developing awareness and respect for diversity
  • Developing an appreciation of theatre
  • Developing an understanding of right and wrong.
  • Developing the communication skills to make choices about likes/dislikes in school then in wider community visits.
  • Taking part in sporting opportunities.
  • Taking part in cultural opportunities.
  • Taking part in artistic opportunities.

SMSC is embedded throughout the curriculum at The Observatory School.  This integrated approach ensures that aspects of SMSC are considered in all subject areas.