Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At St Catherine’s the spiritual, moral, social and cultural curriculum is highly valued and remains central to our mission.

“The Church has been intimately involved in education ever since the Lord commanded his disciples to go forth and teach. For Catholic schools, teaching cannot just simply be the imparting of information or training, no matter how worthy or important, because the human person cannot be reduced to facts and figures; rather, as Pope Benedict put it, education is formation: it is ‘about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full – in short it is about imparting wisdom’.”

Bishop Malcolm McMahon the future of Catholic education.


At St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School and Pre-School, we are dedicated to developing the whole student. We want to help our children grow into responsible and positive members of the community.  We believe the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of our children 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, our programme of daily worship as well as through trips and visits. We will make sure that children are clear that SMSC is not just something that is ‘taught’ but also something that is ‘caught’ through their active membership in the community.


The spiritual development of pupils is shown by:

  •  Pupils’ ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  •  Their sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  •  Their use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  •  Their willingness to reflect on their experiences


The moral development of pupils is shown by:

  •  Pupils’ ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  •  Their understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  •  Their interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.


The social development of pupils is shown by: 

  • Pupils’ use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  •  Their willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  •  Their acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


The cultural development of pupils is shown by:

  •  Pupils’ understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • Their understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • Their knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values and in continuing to develop Britain
  • Their willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • Their interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.