Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural
SMSC represents Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects of learning, and is therefore evident in nearly all aspects of The Petchey Way and academy life. As a diverse school serving a dynamic and rapidly changing community, SMSC exists in abundance. SMSC is mapped across all aspects of the academy's curriculum.
We are a non-denominational school so students of all religious and cultural backgrounds are respected and celebrated. Through weekly Religious Education lessons, trips and workshops, as well as through daily seminar time students develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of belief systems; and are encouraged the discuss and challenge one another’s beliefs and views. In lessons across the academy and through creative project based home learning, students develop an interest and fascination with the world around them.
Students’ moral and ethical development is further supported through the main curriculum; including in English, Science and Society and the Arts subjects in which students regularly debate and develop their own sense of right and wrong. Weekly Assemblies, PSHE and ‘In the News’ Seminar sessions further allow these skills to be applied to the real world, as students are expected to be able to give reasons to support their views. Students that are required to attend PALS or are in Internal Exclusion are also expected to reflect on the consequences of their actions during this time, through a reflective conversation with staff.
Through routines such as daily line up, family service, clubs and high expectations during social time students are continually utilising a wide range of social skills, through interacting with students that they do not encounter in their lessons. Students of all backgrounds are encourage to work and play together; generating shared interests and a shared identity as part of the Petchey community.
Knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures is developed and experienced through events both national (Black History Month) and academy based (Stamp Out Prejudice Week). The unique learning environment of the academy is also a tool for cultural celebration as both classroom displays and installations and decorations in the common spaces.