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Whitchurch Combined School remains a 'Good' School - OFSTED February 2024

Whitchurch Combined School

Growing Today, Ready for Tomorrow

Whitchurch Combined School

Growing Today, Ready for Tomorrow


Here at Whitchurch Combined School, SMSC is developed through: The Whitchurch Way, within our PSHE and curriculum, assemblies and further enrichment experiences beyond the classroom.


"Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is a real strength of the school and is evident in every aspect from classrooms to corridors to “The Whitchurch Way” and to assemblies, and is evident in the behaviour of all. Displays around the school emphasise positive rules and values. They include: “Hidden Talents”; “Safe” messages; an Anti bullying pledge; Eco-rangers and cultural displays. The school is acutely aware of the need to encompass cultural awareness within the curriculum and takes every opportunity to do so." - Local Authority Review 2013

What is SMSC?


SMSC stands for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural. Within the context of a school:


  • Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:
    • beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feelings and values
    • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible
    • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
    • willingness to reflect on their experiences.


  • Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:
    • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
    • understanding of the consequences of their actions
    • interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.


  • Pupils’ social development is shown by their:
    • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
    • willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
    • interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.


  • Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:
    • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
    • willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
    • interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Whitchurch Combined School Values

Be Kind
  • No matter how tough your day has been for you: always be kind - Emily, Year 5.
Be Respectful
  • Accept people's ideas or games you might play on the play ground - Edward H, Year 5.
Be Proud
  • Being proud to me is doing your best work and looking for ways to improve - Freddie, Year 5.
Be Resilient
  • You don’t give up! You keep trying your best until it gets easier! - Henny, Year 5.
Be Curious
  • Being Curious to me is asking questions, being interested and wanting to try new things - Edward W, Year 5