• "School leaders help pupils to respect the different lifestyles found in modern Britain." -OFSTED 2019

At Hertswood Academy, we are committed to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students and to the development of their fundamental British values. We believe that we see this within our students, both within, and beyond, their studies.


The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their respect for different people's faiths, feelings and values.
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world about them.
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Baking cakes to show the biomes of the world (Dec 2016) Packing Christmas gift boxes for less fortunate children around the world (Nov 2016) Visiting a local synagogue to meet Holocaust survivors (Jan 2017)

The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  • Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and demonstrating an ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
Poster entry for the Anti-Bullying Week competition (Nov 2016) Students working on our regular BBC School Reports (Mar 2017) Meeting of our Student Council, and Head Boy and Girl (Oct 2016)

The social development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  • Acceptance and engagement with fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; how they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Sixth Form students meeting with Hertswood Alumni to discuss their futures (Sep 2016) GCSE Dance students collaborating with Avanti House school (Jan 2017) Students meeting with Noah's Ark Children's Hospice to discuss charity events (Oct 2016)

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school, and further afield, as an essential element in their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  • Willingness to participate in, and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  • Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity. This can be seen in their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Welcoming visitors from Borehamwood Day Care Centre (Oct 2016) Celebrating our Cultural Festival, showcasing cultures of different countries (Nov 2016) U13 Girls' Football team after winning the Premier League Schools Cup (Feb 2017)

In our efforts to promote fundamental British values at Hertswood, we support the document below, outlining the Government's advice for schools.