What is SMSC?

At Gad’s Hill School we are dedicated to developing the whole student. We want to help our students grow into responsible and positive members of the community.  We believe that the Social, Moral, Spiritual, and Cultural (SMSC) development of our students is a central part of our purpose, along with ensuring excellent standards in the classroom.

Our mission is to make sure SMSC is developed through a whole school approach, through the taught curriculum, the pastoral and assembly programme and through trips, visits and the enrichment programme. We make sure that students are clear that SMSC is not just something that is ‘taught’ but also something that is ‘caught’ through their active membership in the school’s community.


Developing SMSC

We help our students develop by:

  • Providing students with the opportunity to work independently and show that they can be self-reliant learners
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop teamwork and leadership skills
  • Encouraging students to actively participate and engage in the lesson
  • Providing the opportunity for students to reflect and develop thinking skills
  • Encouraging students to display consideration, cooperation, courtesy and respect to their peers and to staff
  • Providing students with opportunity to be creative and develop a fascination for the subject/ topic

During the last year, we have had a number of events which promote the SMSC values. These have included specialised assemblies about how to stay safe and how to become positive members of the community. Culturally the students have been involved with a range of visits and experiences to increase their awareness of the world around them.