Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)

A dedicated team promotes SMSC and British Values at Dowdales; from charity fundraising to immersion days, SMSC is embedded throughout the school and is centred around the schools ethos.

Each school year we organise a range of activities to support various international, national and local charities, from cake sales and food bank collections to Romanian Boxes of Hope. We also promote SMSC via events which target a specific year group. For example our annual Carol Service for year 7, our year 8 Multicultural Day, Year 9/10 Holocaust Survivor Talk and political events in KS4, all of which promote SMSC and British Values throughout the school.

At the start of 2017 we were fortunate to have a full emersion day led by Imran Kotwol exploring aspects of Islamaphobia, ways to tack extremism and life as a British Muslim in the 21st Century. Students and staff participated in a range of workshops throughout the day and relished the opportunity to learn more.

Also In 2017 Dowdales was reaccredited with the prestigious RE Quality Gold mark, celebrating excellent RE provision. As an Arts Mark Gold School, students work with professionals from International Arts organisations such as Royal Shakespeare Company but equally with professionals from STEM companies such as BAE. Last year we held over seventy extra-curricular clubs and activities, matching students’ personal interests as well as providing new opportunities for students to develop lifelong interests.

Students travel extensively through our British Council International School’s programme. We are proud to be a British Council International School and to have been awarded the Eco School’s Green Flag. Our Active Living , PSHE and LIfecouse programmes encourage a responsible attitude towards personal health, fitness and well-being, together with a love of the great outdoors. We look forward to having the National Citizenship Service team deliver sessions to our year 11 students again this year to help build resilience. Our assemblies also follow a weekly key theme, written by the Headteacher which promote SMSC from colourful characters to diversity, with a particular focus on celebrating the similarities that unite us.

All stakeholders are expected to support and be engaged in the implementation of SMSC through every engagement that they have with each other; in tutor time, assemblies and in the course of daily interactions (with each other) in their classes and outside classrooms we aim to promote and celebrate the equality and diversity.