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Sir Christopher Hatton



SMSC are the aspects of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education that are integrated into all aspects of the curricular and wider curriculum programme at the Academy. These may be delivered as part of a subject area, for example Religious Education, or may be integral to another aspect of the subject or activity.


The school currently delivers SMSC in all aspects of the school life both curriculum and pastoral.  As part of the pastoral delivery the form tutors play a crucial role in the delivery of whole school collective worship by means of Thought of the Week which allows students to discuss a topical theme, with a moral or religious foundation. The aim of this is to engage students in discussion and encourage students to share their own views but also to question each other’s.


The enrichment programme also provides a range of opportunities for the social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness of our pupils to be enhanced. Activities such as debating and Duke of Edinburgh Award offer varied and life changing potential. Enrichment allows pupils to work in vertical year groups, creating community cohesion and allows all pupils to interact socially. This includes visits to Rosewood Court Nursing Home, crafts, musical and theatre links. The DoE programme has grown extensively in the last 12 months and has an increasing uptake particularly at KS5 where students are beginning to look for more opportunities to learn skills beyond the academic curriculum. For many students the ability to learn a new skill and grow in confidence has had a major impact on their life.


The Academy promotes tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths, or those of no faith, cultures and lifestyles through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, through curricular activities and through the engagement of pupils in extra-curricular activity and volunteering within their local community (for example through work experience and the enrichment programme).This is also delivered through both year assemblies and house assemblies. The sixth form have taken part in an SMSC day which explored Human Rights, the Prevent Duty, and Cybersafety amongst other areas.


Students are encouraged to engage 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 as demonstrated through the whole school audit which identifies areas where this occurs within the Academy. The opportunity to take part in elections and the HAV council allows pupils to take a leading role in certain decisions. This is to enable the pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


Academic and Peer Mentoring takes place across the school to in all year groups for extra support for pupils.  All staff have received LGBTQ training and the Academy has achieved the Stonewall Gold Award. Pupils support each other in all aspects of school life and are proud to be part of  ‘Team Hatton’.


A short statement on each subject's delivery of SMSC can be found on the menu to the left.

Please find below the following Academy documents relating to SMSC

SMSC Policy

SMSC Audit Summary

SMSC School Audit

Thought for the Week