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British Values & SMSC

"The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding."
(Ofsted, 2016)


At St Ignatius College we recognise that each student is a member of God’s family and as such, is a unique person at his/her own point in the journey of faith. We provide a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment with a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to live and learn. In order to achieve our mission (the development of the whole person) we recognise not only the importance of allowing students to flourish academically but we also embrace our wider role in preparing them for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum. Part of our role in that preparation is ensuring that we promote and reinforce British Values to our students and that they proceed to adulthood with dignity and confidence. The government sets out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and considers them to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.  At St Ignatius College these values are reinforced and permeate the community at every level.


At St Ignatius College the principle of democracy is consistently reinforced, with the democratic process being employed for important decisions within the school community, for instance, elections being held for the College Council, for our Head Boy, Prefects and for our leadership roles for students. The principle of democracy is explored in History, Citizenship and Religious Education as well as in tutor time and assemblies.


The importance of laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the college, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through assemblies. Students are taught the values and reasons behind laws (that they govern and protect us), the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences arising when laws are broken.  We work in partnership with our on site Police Officer. He acts as a role model and informs students on criminal laws. Positive behaviour to and from school is reinforced through assemblies and by Senior Leadership Team members' presence at the train station, bus stop and school gate every day. Social Justice is a very important part of our identity and we have an annual Justice and Peace week with activities for all across the entire school.   We teach students how to channel their disagreements through the SHARP system, College Council, debates and tutor time. Our Ignatian Code of Conduct establishes a clear use of rewards and sanctions when appropriate and staff give a clear reasons for the distribution of rewards or sanctions.


Within St Ignatius College, students are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. As a college we educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through our exploration of E-Safety in computing. 


Respect, personal behaviour and self-discipline are at the core of our ethos and these are modelled by students and staff alike. The college promotes respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning environments. In line with our commitment to democracy students at St Ignatius College are always able to voice their opinions and we foster an environment where students are safe to disagree with each other. Mutual respect is embraced throughout the curriculum from the concept of ‘fair play’ in PE to our new student peer mentoring programme which promotes mutual respect and support between students across different year groups within the college.


St Ignatius College is a distinctive Jesuit Catholic college for All. Our strong ethos is inclusive of all faiths and those with no specific faith and we promote a strong sense of community. This is achieved through equipping students with the ability to understand their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity within the school community. Students are given opportunities to be of service to the local community, the Church and society in general irrespective of race and creed. We also run a number of trips abroad throughout the academic year from which our students gain valuable experience of other cultures and languages. Additionally, students are actively encouraged to share their faith and beliefs within the school. Our Religious Education curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures, while we provide an extensive and valuable induction to all staff and students who are non-Catholic.

The community at St Ignatius College actively contributes positively towards the British Values agenda by putting our motto ‘Men and Women for others’ into action daily. 


Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural education is at the heart of St. Ignatius’ vision. Senior and in particular middle leaders play a crucial role in encouraging staff to prioritise and develop their thinking around SMSC. With the pressure of high exam performance and closing the attainment gap, leadership has sent a clear message that high quality, integrated and well-thought-through SMSC provision is part of the answer rather than an additional bolt on to be covered on top of those commitments.

SMSC is clearly embedded throughout the curriculum at St. Ignatius. Learning Coordinators and Subject Leaders shape the curriculum to address each element of SMSC wherever possible. As a catholic school spiritualism and self-reflection is highly valued and promoted.  The college has produced a detailed mapping document which highlights its integrated approach to SMSC. This comprehensive working document highlights examples of SMSC in all subject areas is regularly updated and modified. The school website makes these public to students, parents and other stakeholders. An SMSC logo is used in the College’s quarterly newsletters with each activity and news item is coded according to the strand(s) of SMSC that are relevant. For example a World Book Week (social, cultural) or the Tanzanian exchange (spiritual, moral, cultural).

In the college’s last OFSTED report SMSC was highlighted as an area of strength and through further staff training as well as an even greater focus we believe our SMSC provision is Outstanding. The SMSC ethos of the college is summed up by the college aim of creating pupils who are ‘Men and Women for Others’.



British Values & SMSC Date  
British Values through the Curriculum.pdf 13th Dec 2017 Download
SMSC.pdf 13th Dec 2017 Download

Latest News

20 August 2020

College Celebrates Excellent GCSE Results 2020

Congratulations to our Year 11 students and their teachers on achieving excellent results again this summer. We are very proud of the achievements of each and every one of our students. In the face of all the uncertainty, the hard work and determination of our students has reaped dividends and culminated in success. Despite the disruption this year, we are delighted with our students’ performance. Particular highlights from our results include: · Sean gained 8 Grade 9s and 1 Grade 8 · Chris gained 8 Grade 9s and 1 Grade 7 · Savan gained 6 Grade 9s and 3 Grade 8s · Nahome gained 6 Grade 9s, 2 Grade 8s and 1 Grade 6 · Harris gained 5 Grade 9s, 3 Grade 8s & 1 Grade 7 · Patrick gained 4 Grade 9s 4 Grade 8s and 1 Grade 7 · Damian gained 4 Grade 9s, 3 Grade 8s and 2 Grade 7s · Emmanuel gained 2 Grade 9s, 4 Grade 8s and 3 Grade 7s · Vinoorth gained 2 Grade 9s, 3 Grade 8s, 3 Grade 7s and 1 Grade 6 · Gabriel gained 2 Grade 9s, 3 Grade 8s, 3 Grade 7s and 1 Grade 6 · Nathan gained 5 Grade 8s and 4 Grade 7s We are delighted that many of our students are remaining with us into the Sixth Form. They are studying a range of subjects including in the Sciences, Humanities, Maths and English and are ready to take the next steps on their academic journey. Once again, our students have made superb progress. Well done! This is testament to their hard work and the high quality of teaching and support from our staff and the support of parents and carers. Mary O’Keeffe, Headteacher
13 August 2020

College Celebrates Excellent A Level Results 2020

Congratulations to our Year 13 students and their teachers on achieving excellent A Level results again this summer.  We are so proud of the achievements of each and every one of our students.  This has been an unusual year to say the least and they have shown enormous resilience in the face of uncertainty but their hard work and determination has reaped dividends and culminated in success.  Despite the disruption this year, we are delighted with our students performance.   With almost every student receiving an offer from university, and 75% of students gaining a place at their first choice, there is much to celebrate, for example: Outstanding Individual Performances Ryan (A*A*AA) -  Medicine at University of Cambridge Joseph (A*A*A) - Mathematics at University of Nottingham  Antonio  (AAA) - Geography at Royal Holloway Memphis  (AAA) Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University Jian (A*BC) -  Law at University of York Rheion (ABB) Law at University of Sussex  German (BBB) Marine Biology at University of Southampton James  (BBB) Medicine at University of Nottingham  ... and many others. We are also delighted that some of our students are able to pursue interesting courses related to their career aspirations.  Some of which are: Daniel  (CCC) Fire and Rescue at University of Wolverhampton  Angelo  (DDE) Aviation Operations with Commercial Pilot Training at Kingston University  Leslie  (CCC)  Biomedical Science at University of Kent Once again, our students have made superb progress.  Well done!  This  is testament to their hard work and the high quality of teaching and support from our staff and the support of parents and carers.  Our thoughts are with our Year 13 students as they embark on the next stage of their life journey.  They will remain part of our community and will be in our thoughts and prayers as they go into to world to make their mark.   “We are incredibly proud of the academic achievements and the wonderful results of our year 13 students but as importantly, if not more so, we are proud of who they are.  They have developed into fine young men and women who will continue to make a positive contribution to society.  It is wonderful that our students have the academic qualifications that they need to access the universities and courses of their choice.  I am incredibly grateful to our dedicated staff who go above and beyond day in, day out to support our students.   This is a very happy day for St Ignatius College." Mary O’Keeffe, Headteacher