St Matthew's C of E

Primary School

Work TogetherAim HighShine Bright

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development at St Matthew's

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)


What is SMSC?

  • Spiritual development: Exploring the mysteries of life and how these guide and connect us
  • Moral development: Recognising the difference between right and wrong
  • Social development: Getting along with each other
  • Cultural development: Appreciating what shapes our communities


SMSC is about developing the whole person. As our pupils move through the school, we are committed to developing not only their academic standards and levels of achievement, but also their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. We aim to provide opportunities for our pupils to form their own identity; sense of place and purpose, giving them the confidence to question and discover who they are in the world and face the exciting challenges that lie ahead. Being a church school adds another dimension to our SMSC provision as our Christian ethos permeates all aspects of school life and underpins our values and mission.


"I have come that you might have life and have it to the full". John 10:10