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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Intent Statement:

At St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to the development of the whole child and it is key to our children's education at St. Vincent's. Our vision that our children develop a strong spiritual and moral identity in a loving, nurturing environment is underpinned by our Catholic faith; We provide an outstanding level of education and pastoral support where we encourage our children to develop a growth mindset, love of learning and therefore fulfil their potential. Our aim that our children are happy, resilient and valued and that they are responsible young people who show respect to others and the environment in which they live in is in evidence on a daily basis. We believe that our pupils make a positive contribution to the community and leave St Vincent’s ready for the next stage of their learning. The need to develop children’s personal skills to live in a rapidly changing world, forms the basis of UNESCO’s drive to teach global citizenship skills to children and young people starting with early years education. It argues that education today requires a specific focus on education which can develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes learners need for securing a world which is more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable. In addition, education requires the development of certain soft skills:

‘social skills such as empathy and conflict resolution, communication skills and aptitudes for networking and interacting with people of different backgrounds, origins, cultures and perspectives; and behavioural capacities to act collaboratively and responsibly.’

(Keevey, J. and Chakroun, B. (2015) Level-setting and recognition of learning outcomes: The use of level descriptors in the twenty-first century. UNESCO: Paris).


At St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School, SMSC is demonstrated by:

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life
  • knowledge of, 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

The moral development of pupils is 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.

The social development of pupils is 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.

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across
    cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities
  • 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 and respect diversity. This is shown by their respect and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities


Pastoral Care and Support at St Vincent's Primary School

We have a well-established system of pastoral care and support for our pupils and firmly embedded within the curriculum alongside Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural education (SMSC) are opportunities to develop these 'soft skills'; 

Growth Mindset

Co-operative Learning Techniques (eg Kagan)

Character Education

Personal Social Health Education (PSHE)

Relationships and Sex Education  (RSE)

As a forward thinking school we continually look for ways to develop our practice further. To this end, we have demonstrated a commitment to promoting pupils' personal development and skills by achieving the Excellence in Pupil Development Award.


Cultural Capital at St Vincent's Primary School

At St Vincent's we address Cultural Capital by offering many School Trips, Extra-Curricular Activities and Curriculum Enrichment Opportunities for the children in all areas of their academic life. These opportunities are stretched throughout our curriculum and offered to every child at the school. We carry out regular SMSC Audits and Checklists in our school to identify where the need of the children is and we address that as it changes through our thorough analysis.


Following the Mission Statement at St Vincent's Primary School

Our School Mission Statement

“Let your light shine”

Jesus said “I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will have the light of life.” John 8 v 12.

At St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School we believe in and celebrate the uniqueness of each child created in the image of God.

We aim to provide a high quality education and environment where each person can develop their individual potential.

Christ’s example of love and care, shown by St Vincent de Paul, is encouraged through every aspect of school life and developed in partnership with parents, the parish and the wider community.


Our SMSC and other Link Policies

It is important that the SMSC development of the children in our school is supported and protected by all members of staff by following the necessary policies including the SMSC Policy itself.

These include;

Alongside this, we audit our SMSC provision across the school regularly. You can find our current SMSC Audit of our Subject Areas below.

SMSC Calendar

Celebrating the children's cultural differences is of vital importance to us as a school and the children themselves. Our holistic approach means we can incorporate these celebration days and events through many different ways. Our SMSC Calendar for this year (2023 - 2024) can be seen below.


Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040


We couldn't be happier with St Vincent's, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
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We love St Vincent's, keep doing what you are doing! - Parent Survey
Pupil’s behaviour is exemplary, and they respect and care for all in the school community - Denominational Inspection
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