Personal Development

'Building foundations for a love of life, a love of learning and a love of one another’

Our school vision leads the design and intent of our whole curriculum at Upton St Leonards C of E Primary School.  Personal Development (PD) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education is at the heart of the learning journey in our school.  


We prepare children to manage many of the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face, as they grow up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. PD and SMSC education helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects, to practical, real-life situations - while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their potential. We nurture the ‘love of life’.


We plan, encourage, promote, adopt and embed a range of enriching experiences that will allow children to be life-long learners. We support children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.  We nurture a ‘love of learning’.


As part of our whole school approach, PD and SMSC education develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.  Our whole school approach promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community, and beyond.

PD and SMSC education contribute towards assisting children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others, helps our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives. This happens within our vision of ‘love of one another’.


We want our children:

  • To be responsible, respectful and active citizens
  • To have a deepening awareness of fundamental British Values
  • To experience equal opportunities and to be included
  • To recognise that difference is positive, not negative, and that we are all unique
  • To understand the importance of diversity
  • To be confident, resilient and independent
  • To develop strength of character
  • To reflect wisely and learn eagerly
  • To share their ideas, discuss and debate in a considered way
  • To behave with integrity and cooperate with others
  • To recognise risk
  • To keep themselves mentally healthy
  • To eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle
  • To have an age appropriate understanding of healthy relationships
  • To make good choices
  • To aspire to be the best they can be
  • To develop their talents
  • To be ready for the next part of their lives
School Vision

Building foundations for a love of life, a love of learning and a love of one another