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North East Surrey Secondary Short Stay School

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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

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Spiritual Development


Planned opportunities for spiritual development can be seen across the school. Students are given opportunities to reflect upon the meaning of spiritual experiences.  We promote a climate or ethos within which all students can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected; accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals. These can occur during any part of the school day:

Student’s spiritual development is shown by their:


  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences


Moral Development


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We believe that a morally aware students will develop a wide range of skills. These can include the following:


  • Distinguish right from wrong, based on knowledge of the moral codes of their own and other cultures
  • Develop an ability to think through the consequences of their own and others’ actions
  • Have an ability to make responsible and reasoned judgements
  • Ensure a commitment to personal values
  • Have respect for others’ needs, interests and feelings, as well as their own
  • Develop a desire to explore their own and others’ views, and an understanding of the need to review and re-assess their values, codes and principles in the light of experience:



Social Development


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We recognise that students who are becoming socially aware are likely to be developing the ability to:


  • Adjust to a range of social contexts by appropriate and sensitive behaviour
  • Relate well to other people’s social skills and personal qualities
  • Work successfully, as a member of a group or team
  • Share views and opinions with others
  • Resolve conflicts maturely and appropriately
  • Reflect on their own contribution to society
  • Show respect for people, living things, property and the environment
  • Exercise responsibility
  • Understand how societies function and are organised in structures such as the family, the school
  • Understand the notion of interdependence in an increasingly complex society



Cultural Development


Cultural capital is defined as the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a student can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence;  it is one of the key ingredients a student will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work. At NESSSS we work tirelessly to build our student aspirations and expose them to a range of experiences to helps them achieve goals and become successful.


We recognise that for students to aspire and be successful academically and in the wider areas of their lives, they need to be given rich and sustained opportunities to develop their cultural capital. We do this in many ways, for example, through our curriculum, extra-curricular activities, trips and visits and careers activities.


Students will be made aware of the diversity of other cultures both within modern Britain and throughout the world. This can be done through music, PE, art and many other curriculum areas.  Students who are becoming culturally aware are likely to be developing some or all of the following characteristics:


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  • An ability to reflect on important questions of meaning and identity
  • An interest in exploring the relationship between human beings and the environment

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North East Surrey Secondary Short Stay School

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