Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural guidance (SMSC)

Our school has strong and clear values that engender pride, confidence and happiness. We support each other to learn, share and value each other and our environment. Our five simple school rules are focused on how we ‘look after’ ourselves, peers, our learning, environment and our future.

Children as leaders
Each member of our school family has a leadership role; some are emphasised and others quietly run in the background. The school council forms an integral part of the school’s leadership – supporting and influencing learning across the school and measuring the impact of change. Our peer support and peer teacher programmes help pupils to develop their own metacognition and support others in doing the same. Young Enterprise is thriving at St Luke's and our pupils make money to purchase equipment for the benefit of others, whilst also taking dividends from the profits they make.

The curriculum uses a primary-style framework throughout the school, with pupils learning in homerooms . Learning walls communicate the value we place on ensuring our children are fully included in their learning programmes and make successful steps towards their own determined goals. Staff are supportive of the individual and the group; providing inspiration and aspiration whilst encouraging the development of human-agency as the children ‘shine’.

Environment for Learning
Our environment increasingly reflects the respect we have for each other in the school and, celebrates our pupils who are at the heart of what we do. Furniture that reflects home-living is used purposefully for the creation of formal and informal learning opportunities – modelling behaviours and learning strategies to transfer between home and school. In seeking to create independence and a love of learning, the homerooms encourage pupils to look after each other and their environment. As a result, we have children transferring learning between spaces, sharing and considering others as part of a ‘family’ unit.

Developing Independence
A developing understanding of self and identity is often taken for granted, but is a crucial aspect of growing up and the creation of our sense of value and worth. Developing a moral code and understanding British values are a key aspect of our provision. At St Luke's,, we teach awareness of 'ordinary' values whilst emphasising the importance of celebrating our 'differences'.

We advocate an ethos of celebrating difference, pride, tolerance and understanding with particular regard to disability, religion, non-faith, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and age.