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SMSC & British Values

Promoting British Values at Uxbridge High School

The Department for Education has underscored the importance of promoting British values within schools as part of the SMSC framework, aimed at preparing young people for life in modern Britain. At Uxbridge High School, we embrace this mandate with the utmost dedication, integrating the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs into the very fabric of our educational ethos.

These core values are not mere concepts but are the bedrock of our community at Uxbridge High School. They form a robust framework that safeguards our students from bullying, intimidation, and discrimination, fostering a safe and inclusive environment. Our Personal Development Curriculum, along with Humanities subjects and assemblies, explicitly impart these values, equipping students with a profound understanding and appreciation.

Moreover, we are committed to broadening our students' horizons through a diverse array of experiences beyond their immediate environment. Our comprehensive program of wider opportunities includes an enriching electives programme, insightful sessions with external speakers, and educational visits that span both local and distant locations. These initiatives enable our students to embrace diversity, celebrate commonalities among different cultures, and cultivate a deep sense of pride in British identity and belonging.

At Uxbridge High School, promoting British values is a holistic endeavour that prepares our students not just for academic success, but for responsible and informed citizenship in a diverse and dynamic society.

Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural Development (SMSC) at Uxbridge High School At Uxbridge High School,

Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural development (SMSC) is central to our educational philosophy. We are committed to values-based education, fostering a wide array of principles in our students, including our Personal Development (PD) principles and the students' own personal values. These values shape the character of our students, preparing them to become culturally aware citizens of modern Britain who actively contribute to society, build healthy relationships, and know how to ensure the safety and well-being of themselves and others. This values-based approach positively impacts all members of our community.

SMSC development encourages students to be kind, thoughtful, and caring individuals who can live and learn alongside people with diverse beliefs, cultures, and lifestyles. An essential aspect of SMSC is promoting engagement with British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and respect for different faiths and beliefs. At Uxbridge High School, we integrate SMSC and British values into our curriculum and school activities in various ways, ensuring a holistic development for our students.


Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at Uxbridge High School

Uxbridge High School recognises the crucial role that Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) plays in fostering the development of healthy young people. Our RSE provision is meticulously designed to ensure that our pupils receive the necessary teaching and resources to make informed and prudent decisions about relationships and sex. RSE is an integral part of our Personal Development (PD) curriculum.

The Definition of RSE - RSE is defined as “lifelong learning about physical, moral, and emotional development. It encompasses understanding the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love, and care. It includes education about sex, sexuality, and sexual health” (RSE Guidance, DfE 0116/2000, para. 9 page 5). Additionally, it involves developing a pupil's knowledge and understanding of themselves as sexual beings, understanding what it means to be fully human, living in right relationships with oneself and others, and making moral decisions based on an informed conscience.



Uxbridge High School is committed to delivering relationship and sex education within a moral and values-based framework. This is achieved through:

  • Promoting committed relationships and the value of family life
  • Teaching self-respect, dignity, self-restraint, and respect for others
  • Encouraging tolerance of all types of relationships, religions, and personal views
  • Encouraging students to reflect on their own relationships to develop self-understanding
  • Ensuring students appreciate the benefits of stable married life and the responsibilities of parenthood
  • Helping students recognise the physical, emotional, and moral risks of casual and promiscuous sexual behaviour
  • Presenting biological facts in an objective and balanced manner, using appropriate terminology to enable open discussions without embarrassment or fear of ridicule.
  • Developing awareness of legal responsibilities in relation to sexual behaviour
  • Recognising and understanding various models of family and relationships
  • Regularly reviewing the RSE programme to ensure it meets the needs of students.

At Uxbridge High School, we are dedicated to providing a comprehensive and thoughtful RSE programme that supports the holistic development of our students, preparing them for healthy, respectful, and informed relationships throughout their lives.

Information for Families

Our full policy on RSE is available here.


Right to Withdraw

As outlined in our School’s  RSE policy, families have the right to request the withdrawal of their child from some or all of the sex education components of statutory RSE. Currently, sex education is delivered during the Spring 1 and Summer 1 terms.

If you wish to withdraw your child from any or all sex education lessons, we strongly encourage you to first discuss this with the school. You are welcome to review the resources, ask questions about the topics covered, and address any concerns you may have. We understand that this can be a sensitive issue, but often, discussing concerns can help alleviate any worries. Our lessons are conducted in a professional, inclusive, objective, and sensitive manner, aimed at educating students so they can make informed decisions and remain safe. If you decide to proceed with the withdrawal, please contact the academy directly.

Please note that parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from statutory lessons on relationships or health education.

Parents retain the right to request withdrawal from sex education until three terms before their child turns 16. After this point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school will arrange for the child to receive sex education during one of these terms.