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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)

At Holmewood, we Think Differently. In 2018 we were awarded the TES Independent Schools wellbeing award for our outstanding work in this area. Our student’s happiness and wellbeing lies at the heart of everything we do and spiritual, social, moral and cultural education (SMSC) is woven through all schemes of work. Our wellbeing program consists of SMSC Events, Life-skills, Forest School, an extensive timetable of extra curricular clubs (including sewing club/school band) Outdoor Education, Therapies, Duke of Edinburgh, Residentials and Footprints Life Camp.


There are a wide variety of SMSC events and initiatives throughout the year from assemblies to SMSC breakfast clubs and a morning wellbeing program linked to zones of regulation to ensure a positive and healthy start to the day. UK and International residential trips run in the spring and summer terms providing opportunities for social interaction and independence. The International trip is specifically linked to life-skills and independent living for ‘life after Holmewood’. We have taken students to Poland and Croatia.  We also run  SMSC projects such as Mental Health Awareness Week, Burns Night, TedX talks, shows and open mic events to build confidence and self esteem and bring the school community together.

97% of students think SMSC events are an important part of life at THSL (May 2022).

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