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Care & Support


At Holderness Academy we endeavour to promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our students through a broad and varied curriculum as well as assemblies, school events and educational trips. Our approach to SMSC is embedded in the ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.


  • We encourage our students spiritual development by encouraging students to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in 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 and willingness to reflect on their experiences.


  • Student’s moral development is encouraged through our Positive Discipline system where students are given the opportunity to consider right from wrong in their own practices as well as others. Celebration of individual and group successes underpins the Positive Discipline systems which rewards our students for getting it right.  We have an active student voice and student council who consider the needs of all individuals in the Academy and contribute towards the Academy’s development.


  • Social development is encouraged at the academy through a range of different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds; We actively encourage the participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.


  • A student’s cultural development refers to an understanding of those values, beliefs, customs, knowledge and skills which link groups together and give people a sense of identity.  At our academy we seek to develop a student’s understanding and awareness of their culture within a multi-cultural society and encourage personal values and self-esteem.  Our curriculum provides experiences of all aspects of culture including languages, aesthetic, mathematical, literacy, technological, scientific, musical, political, economic, citizenship and religious education.