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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC) helps our students develop personal qualities which are valued in any civilised society and which prepare them to meet the challenges of the wider world.

SMSC education permeates the curriculum, the co-curriculum and the wider life of the school. It is evident in our partnership with parents, in our tutor groups, in the pastoral support and in Chaplaincy. It is evident too in the cultural and creative work of the students.


We develop awareness and respect for beliefs, especially the Catholic faith in which New Hall School was founded, and also the beliefs of other faiths and non-religious beliefs. Students are taught to respect diversity within the community. The spiritual life of the school is rich, founded on daily prayer and regular Chapel assemblies and liturgies. As they develop their intellectual curiosity, students are taught to appreciate a sense of awe and wonder about the world.


We build a framework of moral values, which are reinforced throughout the work of the school.  Students are taught to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to consider the reasons for their actions. They are taught the importance of honesty, generosity, forgiveness and kindness. They learn that anti-social behaviour, especially bullying, is unacceptable.


Learning is a shared experience and students are encouraged to collaborate with others. Teamwork is valued and friendships for life are fostered.  Students learn to understand their responsibility towards others both within the school community and beyond.  They gain the skills to communicate confidently with their peers and adults.


Throughout their studies, students learn to appreciate various cultural traditions and practices. Participation in the creative and performing arts provides rich opportunities for cultural education. The curriculum introduces students to their own cultural heritage as well as to the cultures of other societies.