Allenbourn prides itself on underpinning SMSC (social, moral, spiritual and cultural) throughout the curriculum and extra curriculum learning. Our planning is highlighted with thought provoking links to these areas in all subjects; offering pupils a consistent link and understanding to the world around them.
World-wide belief values, celebrations, principles and spirituality is explored across the curriculum. The integrity and spirituality of faith backgrounds will be respected and explored through Religious Education, PSHE, tutor times and assemblies, as well as on school trips. We are lucky enough to be able to compare and consider our beliefs with our international school links in Sri Lanka, Libya and France. These connections can be deepened in Year 8 with a chance to visit their pen pals on a French Exchange. We pride ourselves on being respectful of the history of global issues and current news affairs.
All adults at Allenbourn Middle School model and promote socially responsible behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for students and their families. Children learn to differentiate between right and wrong in support with our Rights and Responsibilities (Rights Respecting School). All pupils are encouraged to value themselves and others. School and classroom charters promote responsible behaviour.
Children at Allenbourn have the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the British parliamentary system through our school links with Youth Parliament. This enables the pupils to have a secure knowledge of democracy and how their voice can be heard now and in their future. It is supported through a Year 7 trip to Parliament.
We recognise that the development of students: spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part not only in their ability to learn and achieve, but in their ability to relate fully to and have the ability to access the world they live in. Links to local organisations, such as Streets Meadows (a local care home) promotes good citizenship in our community. We have a wide range of charities that are supported in each year group as well as a whole school.
High standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, and an understanding of their social and cultural traditions, plus an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through our subject and wider curriculum. This is supported through our Global Youth Ambassador Project in KS3, which is an organisation run through One World Education. Our pupils have the opportunity to apply to be an Ambassador as part of a Chinese exchange programme. This helps pupil’s critical and creative thinking; self-awareness and being open-minded towards differences; as well as understanding global issues and creates relationships.