As an Academy we aim to ensure that our students develop into self-assured, confident, happy, positive young people.  We celebrate the achievements of our students and encourage students to have the confidence to undertake difficult tasks and have a wide range of experiences.   Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour, to show initiative and understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality, and to society more widely.

The Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of students and helps to prepare them for the opportunities and responsibilities of life in modern Britain.

What is SMSC?

Spiritual – the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose.

Moral – the building of a framework of moral values; the development of students’ understanding of society’s shared and agreed values and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong.

Social – the development of skills and personal qualities necessary for living and working together; being able to function in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society and the development of the inter-personal skills necessary for successful relationships.

Cultural – the understanding of a student’s own culture and other cultures in their town, region, their own country, Europe and the rest of the world.

SMSC is developed through a whole Academy approach, through the taught curriculum, the pastoral and assembly programme and through trips, visits and our extra-curricular and enrichment programme.


SMSC in Subjects

SMSC Across the Curriculum

Other examples of SMSC provision at Castle View Enterprise Academy include:

  • Junior Sports Leader Award.
  • An extensive Work Related Learning programme including Building My Skills, Business Breakfast guest speakers, and work experience.
  • Opportunities to participate in theatre visits, art gallery visits, sporting events and a range of cultural experiences.
  • Our House System which encourages healthy competition amongst students and staff.
  • Student leadership opportunities within the Academy including Lead Students, House Captains, Charity Leaders, Sports Leaders and Literacy Leaders.
  • A wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities including the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, a Cadet Force and our Cricket and Football Academies.
  • Year 11 National Citizenship Service

PiXL the Edge

PiXL Edge is a framework to develop personal attributes essential for employability and life.

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication

All year 7 and 8 students at CVEA are working towards the Edge Apprentice level.  Students need to evidence two activities for each of the five attributes. This will help them identify what they do to that gives them the EDGE.

Examples of EDGE activities

  • To lead a group rehearsal in performing arts.
  • To produce a booklet on HTML for primary school children.
  • To assist in the organisation of equipment in science experiments.
  • To design a key word glossary for year 5 students for a specific subject.
  • To complete a sponsored Cross Country run.
  • To persevere and attend homework club to improve performance in a subject.
  • To create a recipe card in Spanish.
  • To create an independent art project that explores interests and influences.
  • To compose a book review and have it published in the Academy newsletter or on the Academy website.


For more information, please see our Academy Newsletters and the Latest News section of our website.