Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development At Queen Anne’s
“The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent” – Independent Schools Inspectorate, February 2011
At Queen Anne’s School, we recognise that the personal development of our pupils, spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness plays a significant part in their ability to learn, achieve and excel.
We therefore aim to provide an education that provides our pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behavior, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures, as well as a clear understanding of British values.
“The pupils’ excellent social development is characterised by high standards of behaviour, friendly attitudes to visitors and strong relationships within the school community.” – Independent Schools Inspectorate, February 2011
All staff model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. Pupils learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people through the entire community of the school. They are encouraged to value themselves and others.
Pupils also fully understand their rights and responsibilities and the need to respect the rights of others. School and classroom values promote responsible behaviour. All curriculum areas seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. This is reflected in the teacher’s planning and learning resources.
Collective Worship at Queen Anne’s
“The school’s Christian ethos is fully represented in assemblies, the curriculum and many additional opportunities provided for pupils” – Independent Schools Inspectorate, February 2011
Collective worship is central to the life and purposes of the Queen Anne’s community and is fundamental to the development of our Christian foundation, vision, values and ethos.
Collective worship provides a space and a place for sharing in contemplation, exploring all world religions with a focus on Christianity through the mutual giving and receiving of worth as well as times of reflection and prayer. Our core our aim is that collective worship here at Queen Anne’s is inspirational and transformational.
Through our program pupils attend collective worship each day delivered by Teachers, Houses or individual pupils as well as guests’ invited from the local community to share their work and experiences. All pupils attend chapel once a week in which our chaplain leads the Church school community in the Christian understanding of God, the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament and those of the Church. The fundamental part this worship plays a key role in the life of the school which requires that it is given the highest priority and there is an expectation that all members of the community will be present in the sharing of the spirituality of our school.
As a Church of England school we aim to, in our Collective Worship:
- provide an experience of worship that will offer opportunities for those present to respond to the presence, power and peace of God
- evoke a sense of beauty, awe, wonder
- enable pupils to become familiar with the Bible and grow in their appreciation that for Christians it is God’s word
- provide opportunities for reflection, participation, challenge and enjoyment where all present can be actively involved and develop their own spirituality
- help pupils to become familiar with Christian language and symbolism and the cycle of the Church year so that they are offered a pattern of meanings and a framework into which they can begin to integrate experience
- explore a variety of ways of praying, giving pupils the opportunity to form their own prayers using multi-sensory focii and introduce them to some well-known Christian prayers, as well as a variety of traditional and modern hymns
- offer opportunities to all pupils and staff to develop their skills in planning, leading and evaluating the impact of school worship
- strengthen and support the school community, giving expression to, and reaffirming, the core Christian values which underpin our school’s vision, SMSC, policies, curriculum and moral code
- develop a sense of self-worth and celebrate the gifts that each pupil and staff member brings to the school community, recognising the uniqueness of each individual made in the image of God
- reflect on the puzzling questions that life poses and learn to appreciate the significance of mystery understanding that we can’t understand and explain everything
- foster a concern for others within the school community and wider world
- deepen appreciation of the gift of the natural world and the importance of acting responsibly toward the environment
- encourage respect of other people’s religious beliefs and practices.