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Cultural Capital

Enriching our learners’ lives through cultural capital

At St. Peter’s, we pride ourselves on having high aspirations and expectations of our students so they can be successful in all aspects of their lives – academically, in society and in the world of work. To achieve this, we recognise that our young people require rich and varied opportunities to develop their cultural capital. Ultimately, by constantly challenging and engaging our learners, we can help them to become the best that they can be, thus achieving their full God-given potential. 

We believe there to be six key ‘cultural capital’ building blocks that form the foundations upon which our young learners flourish and develop into independent, driven and successful individuals: 

Personal development

  • Debate and discussion built into departmental curriculums;
  • Enrichment and Enhancement activity calendar;
  • Teaching and Learning cross curricular calendar/events
  • Careers and Information, advice and guidance provision; 
  • Employability skills, including work experience; 
  • Personal, Social and Health Education provision; 
  • In school pastoral support;
  • Transition support including Year 6 to 7 inductions;
  • Work to develop confidence e.g. public speaking and interview skills; 
  • Mental Health & well-being provision;
  • Links to external organisations such as the Wolves Foundation, National Theatre
  • Discovery Days
  • Duke of Edinburgh award
  • Sixth form passport
  • Celebration and achievement assembles

Social Development

  • Anti-bullying and safeguarding policies and strategies, including the student-friendly policy and Student Anti-Bullying Charter; 
  • Personal, Social and Health Education provision; 
  • Student volunteering and charitable events;
  • Student Voice – Head Boys and Girls and School Council; 
  • Nurture Group; 
  • Mental health support; 
  • Links with specialist outside agencies e.g. Catch 22, 360
  • Business engagement programmes including enterprise challenges

Physical Development

  • The Physical Education curriculum; 
  • Healthy Eating policies and catering provision; 
  • The Health Education dimension of the PSHE programme, including strands on drugs, smoking and alcohol; 
  • Activity-based trips and residentials, e.g. multi-activity tours, Duke of Edinburgh;
  • Sports and wellbeing enrichment and enhancement activities at lunchtimes and after school;
  • The celebration of sporting achievement in school;
  • Cycling proficiency training;
  • The curricular programme related to food preparation and nutrition; 
  • Advice & Guidance to parents on all aspects of student lifestyle; 
  • The promotion of walking or cycling to school;
  • Links/partnerships with local sporting clubs

Spiritual Development

  • The Religious Education curriculum;
  • Our collective acts of worship and reflection; 
  • Christian Union
  • Celebration and recognition of individual faiths; 
  • Inter-faith and faith-specific activities and speakers; 
  • Visits to religious buildings and centres; 
  • Classes and worship assemblies with speakers focusing on spiritual issues; 
  • Links with other schools especially feeder primaries;
  • Links with St.Peter’s church including for school Eucharist services
  • Links with feeder churches e.g. St. Jude’s, St. Joseph’s

Moral Development

  • The Religious Education curriculum;
  • Restorative behaviour approaches used in school;
  • Five keys to learning;
  • Contributions to local, national and international charitable projects;
  • Exploration of moral issues through T&L calendar, reading initiatives and through our whole school curriculum
  • Promoting British Values

Cultural Development

  • Culture Days through which we celebrate our own rich and diverse culture; 
  • Access to the Arts including film, music, dance and drama through the curriculum, our Enhancement and Enrichment programme and events such as concerts and shows;
  • Access to the languages and cultures of other countries through the curriculum and trips and visits as well as our calendared Culture days
  • Promotion of racial equality and community cohesion through the school’s ethos and by embedding equality, inclusion and diversity into our curriculum;
  • Teaching and Learning calendar to deepen our understanding of the wider world;
  • Partner school with the National Theatre
  • Links with other schools abroad. 
  • Lectures and information sessions run by external speakers e.g. Speakers for Schools