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Buxton Junior School

Personal Development and Character Education

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

At Buxton Junior School, we believe that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development equips them to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens in school and in wider society. We promote equal opportunities, an inclusive environment and the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. 

Throughout the school year, we make sure every child gets to experience a diverse range of activities not only through the National Curriculum, but also through the SMSC calendar of events and activities. One example, is the exciting visit in Year 4 to the Open Centre in Derby; this gives the children the opportunity to visit a mosque, Hindu temple and a gurdwara. Staff from the Open Centre have visited school to run Asian cookery workshops and Passover workshops as well as whole school assemblies.

Our desire is to make inspiring cross-curricular links to extend pupils’ SMSC development. Helping children to understand the wider world and their part in it through a range of subjects, including literature, humanities and art. At Buxton Junior School, there are many opportunities for the children to take part in making decisions and ‘shaping’ their school community. 

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We believe that our role as a school is to help children to grow into responsible, respectful and active citizens who are able to play their part. As a school we value ourselves, our environment and the wider community by:

  • Nurturing and inspiring lifelong learners who strive to be their best
  • Creating strong partnerships between the school, families and the wider community 
  • Encouraging our children to be kind, responsible and active citizens
  • Ensuring wellbeing is at the heart of the curriculum 
  • Exploring every opportunity for outdoor learning 
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