At Holme Grange School, we are committed to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children. This is embodied through our mission statement, our values, learning habits and our ethos. We aim to prepare them to take a full role in society as confident individuals and upright citizens. We are very proud of our National SMSC Gold Award.
This is modelled at all levels of the school community through mutual respect and an appreciation of diversity. Relevant issues are explored through the curriculum, both in planned ways and through incidental opportunities. The principles of SMSC run through all aspects of school life, including casual interactions, and through many areas of policy and practice, including the management of behaviour, promotion of equalities, and having a wide-ranging and exciting curriculum which inspires children to find out more about the world in all its variety. Teaching methodologies that give value to peer discussion and collaborative working practices encapsulate the skills that pupils will need to be successful and productive in the wider society.
Our Mission is to inspire achievement beyond the bounds of expectation within an environment where every child can succeed. This is conduced within the ethos of ‘Work Hard – Play Fair’ in which we:
- We treat other people as we would want to be treated.
- We forgive.
- We share.
- We are honest and live our lives with integrity.
- We listen to each other.
- We are kind and helpful.
- We do our best to be our best self.
This Mission and ethos we call The Holme Grange Way and it is at the heart of our pastoral system.
Our school values and habits are very important to us as a school and they permeate all our Teaching and Learning from Nursery to Year 11.
The British Values
- The rule of Law
- Individual Liberty
- Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
Holme Grange school plays an important role in shaping the values of our pupils which they will carry through later life. By promoting these shared values, we can help prepare pupils for life in a modern and diverse Britain and help them understand how they can play a positive role in shaping cohesive and integrated communities. Providing an opportunity and safe space for pupils to develop and reflect on their beliefs will also mean they have an awareness of the importance of inclusivity and tolerance.
Spiritual development is shown by their:
- beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feelings and values
- sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Moral development is shown by their:
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
- understanding of the consequences of their actions
- interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.
Social development is shown by their:
- use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.
Cultural development is shown by their:
- understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
- willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
- interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.