What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

Explore beliefs and experience Recognise right and wrong
Respect faiths, feelings and values Respect the law; understand consequences
Enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world Investigate moral and ethical issues
Use imagination and creativity Offer reasoned views
Investigate moral issues Appreciate cultural influences
Appreciate diverse viewpoints Appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system
Participate, volunteer and cooperate Participate in culture opportunities
Resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy Understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity


SMSC at Formby High School

Here at Formby High school, we are proud of the range of opportunities offered to all our students to assist in the broadening of minds and exploring the wider world both in and out of the curriculum.

From discrete lessons in many subjects, to imaginative and creative projects, a host of diverse extra-curricular activities and visits and trips, our students have access to a dynamic and exciting world of SMSC throughout their time at school.


Here are just some examples of SMSC in action:

  • Year 7 have taken part in election for the School Parliament, voting for form group reps and their year group JLT members
  • Culture Club continues to explore global topics including a scary evening sharing family tales, with faces painted like skeletons for the Mexican Day of the Dead
  • The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir visited the school once again from Uganda, sharing their infectious dancing and haunting singing with students in Year 8 as well as Mundo Afrika G:Force and our partner primary schools
  • Our Drama Department took on a challenging play as their entry in the national Shakespeare Schools Festival at The Epstein Theatre
  • All year groups have engaged in thought-provoking assemblies linking in with this year’s Children in Need campaign
  • Sixth Form students have lead fundraising activities to support the Stand Up to Cancer campaign
  • MFL students took part in a session with visiting lecturer Dr Niamh Thornton from Liverpool University exploring the skills of translation
  • Students represented the school at local Remembrance Day activities