Westmorland School is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Silver level of the National SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) Quality Mark. 

The SMSC Quality Mark has been developed by a working group comprised of educational consultants, staff from the Citizenship Foundation, Headteachers and Teachers.

The report was in praise of pupils Hannah, Aaron, Logan, Luca and Mackenzie who spoke to the verifier with great confidence. In her report, Rachel commented: ‘They were able to express how much they enjoyed school and how proud they were of everyone in it.’

When asked to describe Westmorland in one word they thought very hard and told the verifier that their school was; ‘Extraordinary, fun, helpful and amazing.’

Highlights from the report completed by the verifier include:

  • SMSC is embedded in the life, culture and learning of the school. It features in all aspects of the pupils’ personal and academic development. It is evident in the way staff and pupils talk about school, treat each other and their confidence to explore ideas that this is held in high regard.
  • The way staff lead by example to each other and the children to promote inclusivity, celebrate differences and break down stereotypes.
  • The deeply ingrained ethos of celebrating the individual nature of every young person in your care, the acceptance and celebration of each person for the unique person they are and the powerful relationships and understanding that exists throughout the school is clearly and immediately obvious and has a powerful impact on the development of the young people. The warmth and welcome of the school made the visit a joy.

The school’s teacher, Vicky Bateson was also highly commended with the verifier commenting: ‘Vicky deserves a great deal of credit for the hard work she has put in to raise the profile of SMSC and to evidence your practice. She has obvious passion and drive and is clearly respected by all members of your school community.’

Head Teacher, Sue Asher proudly commented:

Head Teacher, Sue Asher proudly commented:

I am so pleased that we achieved the ‘Silver’ award from the National SMSC quality mark. A huge well done to Vicky and the whole team who were fully involved throughout the entire process.

Read the full report here.

Well done everyone.