At Carnforth School the children and their learning are at the very heart of every decision made, we aim to develop learners who take ownership and enjoy their learning, are proud of their achievements and respect the world.

We recognise that the personal development of children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve and to relate fully to the world in which we live.

The spiritual development of children is shown by their:

  • Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s 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.

The moral development of children is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives.
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.

The social development of children is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, 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.

The cultural development of children is 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.
  • 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.