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"Castle School Education Trust is committed to high quality education across the primary, secondary and sixth form key stages. Our schools cover the South Gloucestershire area. We encourage independence within each school within a strong framework of values."

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Marlwood School

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

We recognise that students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development plays a significant part, not only in their ability to learn and achieve, but in their ability to relate fully to, and access the world in which we live. We therefore aim to provide an education that offers opportunities for students to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising that those of others may differ from their own.

Beliefs, understanding of social and cultural traditions, appreciation of diversity, spiritual awareness, a positive caring attitude and high standards of personal behaviour are all critical skills and attributes we nurture. These are encouraged and developed through both individual subjects and the wider curriculum. All curriculum areas make a contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students, and opportunities for this are planned in each of these areas. Beliefs, values, principles and spirituality are investigated across the curriculum. The integrity and spirituality of faith backgrounds are also explored and respected and the diversity of spiritual traditions is fully recognised, with students being given access to alternative views to their own.

Outside the taught curriculum there are a whole host of experiences and opportunities that foster spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Much revolves round the pastoral system in a coordinated programme of assemblies and tutor activities which address wide ranging topics from current affairs to diverse religions, festivals and celebrations. Students are encouraged to see their place within the School and the wider world further through contributions to activities such as voting, competitions and charitable events. Trips and visits also support this development with a whole host of different activities run outside the taught day, which offer experiences many of our learners would not otherwise have access to.