A Bexley school has been awarded the Gold Award for its Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) provision to students.
Endeavour Academy Bexley, a special school for 11-16-year-olds with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) and part of London South East Academies Trust, had to undergo a series of assessments to be granted the prestigious accolade (www.smscqualitymark.org.uk).
The award recognises the school’s commitment to raising its pupils’ aspirations and helping them to develop empathy and compassion.
The school's outstanding SMSC offer runs alongside the curriculum. It is based on a mainstream model, complemented with expert SEN support and underpinning everything the school is about.
The SMSC quality mark assessment involved a virtual tour of the school, together with meetings with the staff, students, parents and Governors. A rigorous self-review process was also undertaken - validated and quality assured by the National SMSC awarding body.
SMSC Quality Mark Manager, Sian Rowlands, was particularly impressed by the school's ethos and caring attitude. She said:
“Having toured the school virtually, it is clear that Endeavour supports its students exceptionally well, both academically and pastorally. Staff are approachable and kind, as well as being enthusiastic and passionate about providing the best education possible for their pupils.
“Parents are also very supportive, praising the school’s excellent communication and recognising that staff always go the extra mile to ensure children feel safe and can reach their full potential. It was also fantastic to see the school's three therapy dogs - Walt, Reggie and Teddy – greeting and supporting the children each day.
“I congratulate Endeavour on the high standard of SMSC development and wish the school every success in the future.”
Head of School at Endeavour Academy Bexley, Margaret Rozario, says:
“We are absolutely delighted to be recognised with the SMSC Gold Award. Staff, students and pupils work so hard to make Endeavour the special place it is and we are all proud of our success.
“However, we have no intention of standing still! We are committed to improving further, sharing our best practice and collaborating with other schools.”
For more information about the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) national quality mark visit: www.smscqualitymark.org.uk
Find out more about Endeavour Academy Bexley here