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 our ‘Knock the Walls Down’ challenge in aid of Syrian Refuges to Romanian Boxes of Hope and local food bank collections. We also promote SMSC via events which target a specific year group. For example our Year 8 Multicultural Appreciation Day, Year 9 Holocaust Survivor Talk and our Mock EU Referendum Vote for Year 10, all of which promote SMSC and British Values.

In 2014 Dowdales was awarded the 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. Our students’ sports performance is outstanding – across a range of sports led by those students who play for their country, region and county.

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 programme encourages a responsible attitude towards personal health, fitness and well-being, together with a love of the great outdoors. Our assemblies also follow a weekly key theme, written by the Headteacher which promote SMSC.

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.