At Whitehouse Community Primary School, our vision is to
“enable everyone to thrive and achieve their full potential”
As such, we aim to provide all the members of our school community with an inclusive, welcoming and exciting learning and working environment within which they can be happy, thrive and prosper. We are fully committed to a holistic approach to learning which provides numerous opportunities to enhance the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils whilst promoting the fundamental British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Respect and Tolerance
Intent of our SMSC Provision
We recognise that the personal development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We strive to create a learning environment which promotes respect, diversity and self-awareness and equips all of our pupils with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they will need to succeed in their future lives. We aim to provide a balanced and rich education that gives our children opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
Implementation of our SMSC Provision
We are a Thrive school and, as such, we closely monitor the social and emotional wellbeing of our children, putting support in place where necessary. Our Golden Rules and Whitehouse Way provide a strong moral compass to children in terms of how they should behave in and out of lessons.
At Whitehouse we have created our own tailored rich and broad curriculum which is constantly reviewed to closely match the experiences, needs, interests and life goals of the children and families we serve. All staff are encouraged to consider SMSC learning opportunities in all lessons and activities and staff are encouraged to identify and reference SMSC learning target areas on their lesson plans. Our schedule of carefully planned assemblies enable pupils to reflect upon a range of world-wide and local topical SMSC issues and we offer an array of morning, lunch and after-school clubs which reflect our pupils’ needs, interests and life goals. Many pupils are encouraged to represent their school in a range of local sporting fixtures and tournaments which boosts their confidence and broadens their experiences. Our pupils also enjoy regular days out, residential trips and visits from outside guests. These opportunities reinforce the learning that takes place in the classroom and maximises opportunities for pupils to find something they excel at; thus acting as a powerful incentive for pupils to work hard to reach their own life goals.
The school has, upon time, built a strong working relationship with the local community (parents, church, local businesses, local schools, organisations and charities) which it regularly calls upon to enhance pupils' learning. We are committed to enhancing environmental awareness through the creation of an Eco-Committee and we regularly support a range of charities chosen by the children. At Whitehouse, we are very keen to promote Democracy. Staff, parents and pupils are regularly encouraged to provide their views which are routinely taken into account as part of the school’s decision-making process. In addition to this, we often hold whole school events such as our "Aim High Career Day” or “Healthy Body and Mind Day” which bring the whole school community together and provide a memorable and meaningful context within which pupils can live their school’s values. Pupils are also given the chance to gain valuable life skills by taking part in a whole range of volunteering Schemes in and outside of lessons (School Parliament, Prefects, TOAST Squad, Sports' Leaders, House Captains, Eco-Committee).
At Whitehouse, we use a range of nationally-recognised accreditations to improve and sustain our SMSC standards over time (Families First Accreditation (2017), EAL Academy Award (2019), SMSC Quality Mark (2020) and Rights Respecting School Award (application pending).
Impact of our SMSC Provision
Through a well thought out and carefully planned SMSC provision, the school aims to provide a learning environment within which: