SMSC and British Values


Developing the whole child is very important to us and our children are very fortunate with the opportunities that are available to them to enhance their learning experience. With school trips, after school clubs, house competitions, sporting competitions and festivals, involvement in school council, young leaders, having responsibilities as house captains and monitors, choir and orchestra, working as a team to put on productions; our children are immersed in, and exposed to, such a variety of experiences. We are delighted to be able to offer such things to help every child find what they are passionate about and what they really excel in.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is an area that can never be complete; it will always grow and develop. With this in mind, we are now looking towards the new school year and opportunities to further enhance the SMSC provision for the children.

Here are some of the ways that we have facilitated SMSC at Danesfield: 


·         It is recognised that the school community is not particularly diverse. Therefore strong links with the local Imam and Synagogue support and promote children’s understanding and tolerance of diversity beyond their school.

·         School ethos promotes respect and tolerance for each other’s views and feelings.

·         English curriculum that engages pupils in oral and written debate.


·         Pupils have a strong sense of right and wrong. School values promote reflection of behaviours linked to good and bad choices.

·         The school provides a strong moral compass that is promoted through the conduct of all its stakeholders, assemblies and the PSHE curriculum.

·         The school supports a number of charitable organisations (sponsorship of two children in Nepal, fundraising for The Hearing Dogs and The Docras Project as part of the year 6 ‘Fiver Challenge’.

·         Promotion of democracy and free speech through elections for School council, house and vice captains.

·         Mock election with Marlow Town Council.

·         Visit from Emma Mitchell who rowed the Pacific Ocean over the course of 9 months, raising money for Cancer Research.

·         Assembly from a parent of a child in Reception, who has a severe visual impairment, informing the children about running the London Marathon to raise sponsorship for the RNIB.


·         School values support and celebrate British values

·         Children mostly work and play together collaboratively and co-operatively

·         EYFS curriculum focuses heavily on the personal and social development

·         Partnership with local nursing home to encourage buddy learning system

·         School choir performing at Danesfield House Hotel and Claire’s Court

·         Releasing of lanterns for local charity event

·         Singing at Marlow Christmas market

·         School orchestra performing at PiXL celebration

·         School orchestra taking part at an orchestra event at Claire’s Court

·         School council visiting Burford school. We will invite them to visit Danesfield in the Autumn term.

·         Developing student leadership


·         The school has an orchestra and choir who regularly perform

·         Range of school speakers and trips support cultural learning

·         Visit from the Etherington Brothers (graphic novel and cartoon writers)

·         Pupils actively involved in shaping the school vision, hence promoting a culture of democracy

·         Year 4 play the ukulele and Africa drums at the Royal Albert Hall

·         Visit from Emma Mitchell who rowed the Pacific Ocean over the course of 9 months, raising money for Cancer Research.

·         Year 6 had a ‘Jamaica’ day, linked to their History/Geography topic where they spent the entire day learning about and experiencing Jamaican culture.

·         Diversity day across the school. Topics promoted learning about another country: Year 1 UK, Year 2 Ghana, Year 4 Italy, Year 5 Egypt (river Nile) and Mexico/Mayans (have a whole Mexico Day), Year 6 Jamaica

·         Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations 

British Values 

Danesfield promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 

Through our SMSC curriculum we:  

• enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence; • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;

• encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely; 

• enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England; 

• further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; 

• encourage respect for other people; and 

• encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England. 

As a result, children who attend Danesfield gain: 

• an understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process; 

• an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety; 

• an understanding that there is a separation of power between the executive and the judiciary, and that while some public bodies such as the police and the army can be held to account through Parliament, others such as the courts maintain independence; 

• an understanding that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law; 

• an acceptance that other people having different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour; and 

• an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.

Contact Information

Contact: Karen DiMascio

Telephone: 01628 483031

'Danesfield Den' direct number: 07469 759719

Address: Henley Road, Medmenham, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2EW Location map



Mrs S Morgan

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