Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development (SMSC)
“Pupils' exemplary behaviour and very positive attitudes to learning contribute significantly to their outstanding achievement. They are highly motivated, and want to learn. As a result there is an exceptionally strong learning culture in the school. Without exception all pupils spoken with were very proud of what they have achieved and were ambitious for what they wanted to achieve.” Iain Birtwell Junior Review– January 2017.
SMSC is outstanding. The school’s vision statement, 'Care, Learn and Respect' is at the heart of everything that we do and we ensure that our provision develops the whole child-academically, socially, morally and spiritually, so that they are able to thrive in their local and their international community. “This is a good school. Its focus on pupils’ personal development is an outstanding feature of the curriculum and contributes to pupils’ excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. (OFSTED 2012) ”.
‘The school is highly innovative in what it does:
- Heart Start
- Leaders in Learning initiative
- Quilters Quest
- Quilters Arithmetic Challenge and whole-school times tables tournament
- Its Boccia Team
- The Quilters Gallery and the Museum of Quilters
- LEGO challenge, as part of a STEM initiative
- Links to Mumbai and Ghana with joint activities planned between schools.
- Genre reading challenges.
- QFM, QTV and Q-Movies, would all be examples.’ SIP Visit Note - November 2016.
“The needs and interests of pupils are at the heart of the stimulating curriculum that ensures excellent coverage of all subjects and makes links across subjects and beyond. Sport, music, drama and art are key elements within its rich curriculum. The curriculum contains clear examples of where pupil voice has been taken into account.” Iain Birtwell Junior Review– January 2017.
There is strong Pupil Voice. Each year, 16 Year 6 pupils act as Leaders of Learning. Their job is to communicate what ‘outstanding behaviour for learning’ looks like to the whole school. They observe lessons, talk to pupils and scrutinise books so they can celebrate role-models in assembly. The Leaders of Learning review their time in school with the governors each year and set one School Improvement Target which is on the school’s main SDP document. There are yearly Quilters elections – for House Captains and School Councillors. The House Captains plan different charity days themselves, where all of the children in that particular house run activities, throughout the day, aimed at raising money for their charity. The school council raises money for charity too in conjunction with the local Rotary Club, several times a year. The school council decides what to raise money for and how. We are an official Rotakids School and work closely with the local Rotary Club, serving the community in which we live. If pupils are worried about safety in school they can report concerns to representatives of our school council (the Safety Squad), some of whom wear high visibility vests at lunch times; they then report back to the school council who will raise and discuss solutions where necessary. A proactive response from adults is guaranteed and any action taken is fed back to pupils in assembly. Termly, our school council works with the school council of other schools from the Billericay Trust. Joint projects are planned collaboratively – last year, we ‘Cleaned for the Queen’. Sports Leaders, in all year groups, plan and run sports activities themselves each term.