At Carlton Keighey we aim to promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of all students through our curriculum and extensive enrichment programme.  SMSC including British Values is at the heart of learning and students’ experiences and is evident throughout this page and by clicking on the individual hyperlinks above.  Our work to actively promote a meaningful and lived understanding of democracy, liberty, rule of law and respect and mutual tolerance for all forms of diversity including faith and no faith is part of our SMSC provision which includes Modern British Values.

The climate and ethos of any school can have a large impact on the development of young people. A positive climate and ethos will see young people develop effective relationships and high levels of tolerance and respect for others, regardless of their different cultures, faiths or races. There will be many opportunities to experience a range of social settings that will enable a student to become confident, contribute positively and interact appropriately with others. Different viewpoints will be welcomed and young people will develop their understanding of the differences between right and wrong and consequences of their behaviour and actions. And finally, in a positive culture young people are encouraged to be creative and reflect on their own actions and those of others.

At Carlton Keighley we pride ourselves on the opportunities that students have to extend their experiences and understanding of the different elements relating to SMSC. Below is a brief overview of some of activities and events that we encourage students to participate in.


From reflecting on their own beliefs and values to the fascination of learning about the world around them Carlton Keighley students experience a wide range of formal and informal activities to help them extend their understanding of spiritual elements. Activities include, but are not limited to, a trip to Alton Towers to bring their learning of Physics to life, a community based challenge to further develop their understanding of their own identity and the identity of those around them and the planning and creation of Children in Need charity events to promote their creative skills.

Ofsted consider the spiritual development of pupils to be shown by their:

• ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values

• sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them

• use of imagination and creativity in their learning

• willingness to reflect on their experiences.


Truck and Cycle Safety Days and CSE performances to help our students to understand and respect the criminal law of England, Eco Challenges to encourage students to question the difference between right and wrong and Mock Question Time to investigate and offer reasoned views are are a few of the examples where UAK students enjoy exercising their moral development.

Ofsted consider the moral development of pupils to be shown by their:

Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.

Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.

Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.


Sitting in a Ferrari at the Year 11 Prom, competing in our all-inclusive sports day and celebrating success at Bradford University Student Rep awards are all activities where our students have developed their social skills in a range of different contexts. Trips to themes parks to celebrate high attendance or participation at the Rock Assembly in London in recognition of high levels of effort are a couple of ways that we have rewarded our students for their hard work.

Ofsted consider the social development of pupils to be shown by their:

• use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds

• willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively

• acceptance and engagement 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; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


Paris, Bosnia, Whitby and Barcelona are a few of the places that our students have travelled to in order to broaden their horizons and experience life elsewhere in the world. Black History Month Assemblies, Hinduism Day and El Mundo Hispano have all promoted our students’ understanding of different cultures and events in history that have influenced our lives today.

Ofsted consider the cultural development of pupils to be shown by their:

• understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others

• understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain

• knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain

• willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities

• interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

British Values

At Carlton Keighley we actively promote British Values alongside the development of SMSC. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and respect for and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Below describes the understanding and knowledge expected of pupils as a result of schools promoting fundamental British values.
• Understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.
• Appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety.
• Understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence.
• Understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law.
• Acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.
• Understanding of the importance of identifying and combating discrimination.

At Carlton Keighley students experience a range of curricular and extracurricular activities to help develop their understanding of British Values. These have included a ‘Gun and Knife Crime’ and general ‘Keeping yourself safe / anti-social behaviour’ (including zero tolerance towards homophobic and racist behaviour) presentation by our Safer Schools Officers to Year 10 students, the CSE play ‘Somebody’s Sister Somebody’s Daughter’ that was performed by GW Theatre Company which has now been seen by Years 10, 11 & 12 and the ‘Truck and Cycle Safety Day’ (including Police Motorbike and laws of the road talk) for Year 7 students. All of these extracurricular activities have been designed to promote safety and to help our young people understand the rule of law.

Students have also experienced a democratic society through the campaigning and voting for members of our student leadership team which was open to all students. Students have also been included on interview panels for new staff to promote their understanding of democratic systems. All students in Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 have enjoyed a musical performance by pop group ‘The Office Girls’ who not only put on an energetic and engaging performance but delivered an interactive and thought-provoking presentation about Online Safety, Cyberbullying and Discrimination. Hinduism Day, the celebration of Black History Month, attendance at the Holocaust Survivors Conference, and UAK6 trip to Bosnia have all helped to widen our students’ understanding and tolerance of others with different faiths and beliefs and to highlight the negativities of discriminative behaviours.

A range of students have had ‘True Colours’ training to help them understand their own behaviours and triggers and be tolerant of those who behave differently to them. UAK6 students have experienced a varied programme of activities that include presentation and workshops about CSE, Radicalisation and Extremist attitudes and the Media and Online Behaviours and Dangers. They have recently enjoyed workshops entitled ‘My Former Life’ which investigates the previous lifestyles of 4 people caught up in extremist behaviour.

Students have been involved in visits to Mosques and Mock trials at Leeds Crown Court. They have participated in ‘Anti Bullying Week’ and follow our ‘Great Place to learn’ consequences and rewards system. Some students from Years 8 to 11 have been part of our ‘Consequences Programme’ led by our Safer Schools Officer; welcoming students from other local schools to participate alongside our students.

Through our PSHE programme in Years 7 & 8 students discuss issues surrounding topics such as Bullying and Drugs while in Citizenship they study topic areas such as Crime, Human Rights and ‘Identity and Britishness’. In Year 9 History students experience Genocide Studies and in Year 10 Citizenship they cover ‘Rights and Responsibilities’, ‘Power, Politics and Media’ and ‘Community Cohesion’. Year 11 students study ‘Crime and Punishment’ in their Citizenship lessons while students studying Public Services in UAK6 discuss the roles and responsibilities of those in public services, including presentations by the Police and Armed Forces.

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